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What to Say After a Death or Tragedy

Finding the right words to say to someone after they’ve suffered a loss is never easy, but know that your mere presence is comforting. It isn’t necessary for you to say much at all. In some cases, the less you say and the more you listen, the more you’ll help the person who is grieving. Do tell your friend that you’re sorry for their loss, and offer your assistance to help them through this difficult time. Your friend might need someone to accompany him or her to the funeral home to make the arrangements, for instance.

Watch this video to hear about some more dos and don’ts of providing grief support. You’ll get concrete advice, such as what to avoid saying and how to offer help.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery provides complete funeral services in Tucson, including grief support. Call (520) 888-7470 to speak with a caring professional at our funeral home.

Determining if Cremation Is Right for You

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Have you thought about what you want to happen after your passing? By making your choices and communicating them clearly with family, you will ensure that they follow your wishes and aren’t left making decisions for you when you’re gone. This is especially beneficial so your loved ones know whether to choose burial or cremation. These tips can help you decide if cremation is the right choice for you:

Consider your religious or spiritual beliefs.
If you follow a religion or consider yourself a spiritual person, it’s important to think about how these views might influence your decision. Some religions have historically advised against cremation, stating that followers should only be buried after passing away. It’s a good idea to talk to a religious leader, though, as many religions have eased up on their regulations regarding cremation.

Consider what type of funeral service you want.
Funeral services provide friends and family members with an opportunity to gather and say goodbye to a deceased loved one. Many people think that funeral services are only appropriate when the deceased is being placed into a burial plot, but this is not true. Funerals can occur before either burial or cremation, giving friends and family a chance to come together and share memories whether the decedent has chosen burial or cremation.

Think about what you want your final resting place to be.
When deciding between burial or cremation, you should think about where you want your remains to rest after your passing. With burial, your body will be contained in a casket and then placed in a burial plot or mausoleum crypt. With cremation, your remains can be placed in an urn that loved ones can keep, or they can be placed in a cremation garden, columbarium, or cremation bench. You may also choose to have cremated remains buried in a plot in much the same way a casket would be.

Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can find more information by contacting Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. We can help you learn more about options for cremation services and cemetery options. Give our Tucson cemetery a call at (520) 888-7470 to get answers to your questions.

What to Say After a Death or Tragedy

Finding the right words to say to someone after they’ve suffered a loss is never easy, but know that your mere presence is comforting. It isn’t necessary for you to say much at all. In some cases, the less you say and the more you listen, the more you’ll help the person who is grieving. Do tell your friend that you’re sorry for their loss, and offer your assistance to help them through this difficult time. Your friend might need someone to accompany him or her to the funeral home to make the arrangements, for instance.

Watch this video to hear about some more dos and don’ts of providing grief support. You’ll get concrete advice, such as what to avoid saying and how to offer help.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery provides complete funeral services in Tucson, including grief support. Call (520) 888-7470 to speak with a caring professional at our funeral home.

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Cremation

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Cremation is a common choice among modern families. Although some faiths still prohibit this practice, others have become more accepting of cremation ceremonies. When it’s time to make the final arrangements for a loved one—or to pre-plan your own services—consider learning more about cremation. A funeral director can clear up any misinformed perceptions you might have about it.

Myth: The remains are rendered into ashes.
Cremated remains are often referred to as ashes, which is why some people are surprised to discover that the remains are more like coarse, gray sand. The temperature used to cremate a body is so hot that everything but the bones is incinerated. The remaining bones are rendered into a gritty, sand-like substance.

Myth: It isn’t possible to have a funeral service.
Amemorial service or celebration of life ceremony may be held before or after the act of cremation. The family could even hold an open casket visitation, as caskets are available to rent for this exact purpose. Other families might prefer to have a direct cremation, with a memorial service to follow at a later date.

Myth: It isn’t possible to have a burial service.
Cremated remains will not be committed to a gravesite the same way a casket is. However, some families do choose to bury cremated remains or keep them in an urn at home until they are ready to provide a permanent resting place for them. Other common choices include interring the urn in a niche columbarium or cremation garden or holding a scattering ceremony at a meaningful site.

Myth: The family cannot watch the cremation.

Families can and often do choose to bear witness to the act of cremation. Some families do so as part of their religious or spiritual beliefs. Others might feel a sense of obligation to accompany their loved one’s remains. Bereaved families should carefully consider whether the kids have the emotional capacity to witness the act.

At Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, we are committed to giving each family the caring support they deserve during the funeral planning process. We provide respectful cremation ceremonies in Tucson. Call (520) 888-7470 and let us know how we can help your family move forward.

Recognizing the Signs of Grief in Others

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News of funeral services can travel fast in the digital era, but it’s still possible for you to meet a friend who has suffered a loss that you weren’t aware of. Since everyone grieves differently and exhibits mourning in a unique way, one sign that something is wrong is if you notice your friend is acting differently. Perhaps your friend is typically a jovial person , but can’t manage to smile when you meet him or her. Perhaps your friend has always been talkative, but now seems distant and withdrawn.

Of course, it’s always possible for these changes to be caused by other hardships in your friend’s life. Avoid jumping to conclusions, and instead ask your friend if there’s something wrong. When you do hear news of a loss, try to avoid offering advice or saying clichéd statements like, “I know how you feel.” Express your condolences and ask if your friend wants to talk about their loss. Even if they don’t want to discuss it, having you acknowledge their grief will give them comfort.

Compassionate grief support is available in Tucson from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Visit our funeral home on the Web to access our 24/7 grief counseling online, or call us at (520) 888-7470.

What Should Children Wear to a Funeral?

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Funeral ceremonies are delicate occasions. Because of this, it’s important to show your esteem for the deceased and grieving family by dressing respectfully. If your child has been invited to the funeral service, then it’s important to give some attention to what they will wear, as well. Keep reading for advice on what children should wear to a funeral.

Don’t Focus on Black
When searching for funeral-appropriate clothing for children, many parents find that black attire is difficult to come by. Luckily, it isn’t necessary for kids, or even adults, to wear black to a funeral service unless specified. However, do avoid items in very bright colors, as well as those with sequins or rhinestones.

Only Buy Something Versatile
Because they grow up so quickly, purchasing an outfit specifically for a funeral can leave you with an investment that your kid will only wear once. Instead, choose something that your child already owns or buy an outfit that he or she is likely to wear again for another formal occasion, such as a church ceremony or birthday party.

Choose a Formal Outfit
If you’re rifling through your child’s outfits and feel unsure about what items are funeral-appropriate, then try looking at the options as if your child will be attending a wedding or church. Examining your kid’s clothing through this filter should help you find something fitting. Additionally, have your child wear closed-toe footwear. If your child is enrolled in private school, then their school uniform can be an ideal option for dressing him or her for a funeral service because it is formal and something familiar.

Keep Comfort in Mind
Parents often have reservations about bringing children to a funeral, fearing that they may become fussy. One way to help avoid this problem is to choose an outfit that your child finds comfortable.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery offers funeral services in Tucson, as well as resources for funeral etiquette. If you would like more information, then please give us a call at (520) 888-7470.

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