It’s a huge task to take on when a loved one passes away and you find yourself in charge of their final services. If they didn’t leave plans behind or never told anyone what they wanted, not only do you have to set things up, but you also have to decide what’s best on their behalf. If you decide to go with cremation services in Charleston, IL, whatever the reasons are behind that, you will also have to choose what kind of services to place around the cremation. You always want to consider what your loved one would have wanted and what’s best for your family. But you might also decide simply on what makes the most sense. Here are a few options and situations that fit them.
A Full Memorial Service
If your family prefers traditions and the services they have had in the past resemble traditional funerals, then a memorial service open to the public with many of the same aspects of a funeral might make the most sense to you. If your family is all in the same general area, or able to travel to your location at the right time, a full memorial service can also work well and make sense for everyone involved. Keep in mind that once the cremation process is complete, the memorial service can take place at any time. It doesn’t have to be within a few days or even within a few weeks. Whenever works for your family is what makes the most sense.
An Ash Scattering
If your loved one valued their privacy and you’re fairly certain they wouldn’t want you to make a big deal over the death and bring a lot of attention to them, it might make the most sense to have a small, intimate ash scattering for them with their closest family members and friends. Choose a special location and everyone can say a few words and share memories. You can follow the scattering with a family reception so those in attendance can spend more time together.
A Celebration Of Life
If your loved one was always the life of the party and you know they wouldn’t want people crying over them, having a celebration of life just makes more sense. You can do anything you want, like going bowling, throwing a birthday party, enjoying a boat ride with family, or anything in between. As long as your loved one’s life well-lived is at the center of the event, you are celebrating their life and it makes sense.
If you need more ideas on what to do with services around the cremation services in Charleston, IL, the professionals at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd are here to help. We’ve seen families do all sorts of things and we want yours to find something that makes sense for your loved one and your circumstances. Visit with us by phone at (217) 234-8828 or come by and speak to us in person at 1200 Wabash Ave Mattoon, IL 61938.