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Hunting History Among the Headstones

Genealogical research is becoming a popular activity, with more people than ever trying to uncover their families’ histories. There are a host of websites that allow for searching records of gravesites, birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, death certificates, and other documents.

In fact, just by spitting into a tube, you can send away your DNA to have it analyzed for the purpose of learning about familial ties and uncovering personal history.

If personal and community history interest you, a cemetery is an interesting place to search. It all starts with a death certificate, which can be found with a bit of online research. The death certificate can lead you to the cemetery, where you may be able to use a map to locate the gravesites you seek. Once you know where to look, it’s time to explore.

What should you take along on this expedition?

  • Have a camera to document what you find. It’s also a good idea to bring a notebook and a pen. That way, you can write down the information, because sometimes headstones that are legible in person are often difficult to read in a photograph.

  • A pair of gloves is useful. Sturdy work gloves will help you delicately clear away any rubble or debris that could prevent you from closely examining the headstones.

  • Wear long pants. You don’t know whether you’ll have to trek through high grass, which can be a welcoming environment for snakes, rodents, and insects. Long pants and long sleeves are often your best bet for protection against whatever you encounter.

  • Sturdy shoes are a must. Terrain can be uneven in a cemetery, so make sure your shoes are good for walking on gravel, in the grass, and on any other surface.

  • Bring a damp cloth and a plastic brush in case the headstones need cleaning. Don’t use any cleaning products or even things like baby powder or shaving cream because they can damage older stones. Instead, just use a plastic brush and a damp cloth. Another valuable tool is a small paintbrush, which will help you brush dirt from delicate surfaces without causing any harm.

If you believe a loved one is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, we’re happy to have you look around. We’ve been here since 1907, and our property is the chosen final resting place for many notable former residents of Tucson. What’s more, our beautifully maintained property makes it easy to find what you seek. If you’re interested in learning more about Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory, we’d love to have you come to visit. Call (520) 257-4831 or pop by to take a look.

What to Expect During the Funeral Pre-Planning Process

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When a loved one passes away, planning their funeral can be overwhelming and confusing. That is why so many people choose to pre-plan their funerals and take the stress and concern away from their family members. If you’re thinking about planning ahead for your funeral then keep reading to learn what you should expect from the process:

Learning About Your Options
Before you can pre-plan a funeral, you’ll need to learn about what options are available. First, you should look at cemeteries and ask about pre-planning services to determine which one is the best fit.You’ll be asked whether you prefer traditional casket burial or cremation. If you choose burial, you’ll want to learn about burial plot and casket options. If you choose cremation, you’ll want to learn about options for cremated remains.

Deciding What You Want
Once you know what options are available, you can start narrowing them down and deciding what you want for your funeral. You might want to talk to your partner or other family members when making these decisions. You’ll also want to consider your religious or spiritual beliefs as well as any family traditions or cultural customs you might want to follow.

Making Payment Plans
One of the most appealing elements of funeral pre-planning is protecting your family from inflationary cost increases. Plus, when you plan now, your loved ones won’t have to worry about prices and payment when they’re grieving. You can set up a payment plan to make it easy on your budget, or simply take care of the entire cost now. Either way, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your wishes will be honored.

Sharing Your Plans with Loved Ones
After making your funeral arrangements, you should share them with your loved ones. This ensures that everyone is on the same page regarding payment and plans for your funeral. Starting a conversation can also help your loved ones feel more at ease with the process.

You can learn even more about funeral pre-planning in Tucson when you contact Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Our memorial park offers a wide array of funeral services, making it easy to plan for yourself or a loved one. Call us at (520) 888-7470 for more information.

What Should I Wear to a Funeral?

Attending a funeral service is a good way to say goodbye to a deceased loved one while also showing support to their family and other friends. If you’re planning to attend a funeral service, you might be wondering what you should wear. Watch this video for advice.

It is best to stick with simple yet slightly formal clothing, such as slacks and button-down shirts for men and dresses or blouses paired with skirts or slacks for women. Black is always a good choice, but neutral-colored clothing can also be appropriate. Avoid wearing anything too casual and call the funeral home if you have questions.

If you have more questions about attending a funeral service in Tucson, call Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery today at (520) 888-7470. We can help you learn more about what to wear to a cemetery and proper funeral service etiquette.

Honor Your Loved One with a Tribute Video

Funeral Home Tucson Losing a loved one is always difficult. Planning a funeral service can help friends and family say goodbye while also remembering everything they loved about him/her. If you’re planning a funeral service, you’ll want to consider having a tribute video made. Ask your funeral director for options and prices.

A tribute video will combine your personal family photographs with graphics and beautiful music, creating a touching memorial that can be played during the funeral service. After the funeral, your family will be able to keep this video to watch and cherish as a beautiful memento. You can also ask the funeral home to make copies of the tribute video so that other friends and family members will have a keepsake as well.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery offers tribute videos and other special touches for funeral services near Tucson. Give us a call at (520) 888-7470 for more information about honoring your loved one’s life and planning cremation services, funeral arrangements, and more.

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.

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