Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery

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Final Care of Our Fallen Troops

When a soldier dies in combat, he or she must be transported back home to the grieving family. Have you ever wondered who cares for the bodies of these brave men and women in our nation’s service?

Since 2009, journalists have been permitted a glimpse inside the Dover Port Mortuary on Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The reports they’ve given paint a picture of tender care and solemn honor, as service members undertake the task of preparing their compatriots for their final journey home.

For veterans killed in the line of duty, that journey begins on a cargo flight to Dover. Upon landing, the plane is met by military officials and, often, family members. White-gloved service members solemnly carry the flag-draped casket to the 72,000-square-foot building housing the mortuary, where fallen troops are carefully attended by members of the armed forces dedicated to providing respectful care.

After an autopsy is performed by the armed forces medical examiner, mortuary staff members begin their work.

Embalming comes first. Then the body is washed, with special attention to cleaning the hands and hair. Repairs to the body are made, and embalmers use photographs of the person to try to recreate each distinguishing line and feature. When the body is ready, it’s time for staff to dress the service member one final time.

This is the part of the process that is most indicative of the veteran’s time in service. A dress uniform is prepared for each fallen service member, even if that person is going to be cremated or the service will have a closed casket. Even if the uniform can only be placed on top of the person’s remains, it must be perfectly prepared.

The men and women who dress service members at this time do it for the families, but also out of a deep and solemn respect for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our nation.

They carefully choose medals, badges, ribbons and other insignia specific to the person’s military service record, taking care to assemble them properly on the uniform.

Once the uniform is complete, a photo is taken and sent to Fort Knox, so that personnel there can double check to make sure that it’s perfect. No misplaced medal or loose thread is allowed to mar the look of the uniform that will be the last outfit the family sees on their loved one. Once it’s perfect, it’s deemed suitable for someone who, through the ultimate personal sacrifice, has earned the respect, honor and appreciation of our entire nation.

At Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery, & Crematory, we also provide tender, respectful care to every person whose care is placed in our hands. For veterans, we strive to provide honorable and dignified arrangements and offer special services to truly honor the men and women who have given so much to protect the freedoms that all Americans hold dear.

Call us at 520.257.4831 for more information, or visit the Veterans Services page of our website.

5 Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning [INFOGRAPHIC]

People pre-plan almost every major life event, but funeral pre-planning is the one occasion that often slips through the cracks. Although the idea of funeral pre-planning may initially feel uncomfortable, it is one of the most loving gestures you can make to your family. When you pre-plan funeral services, you take the burden of planning off the shoulders of your loved ones at a time when they will already be coping with the stress of grief. Pre-planning also gives you the opportunity to protect your loved ones financially from the cost of funerals by pre-paying for all or some of your service or purchasing funeral insurance policies to cover the costs. Find out more about the benefits of funeral pre-planning in this infographic from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Let us walk you through pre-planning a funeral in Tucson so you can feel confident that you’re doing everything you can to support your family when you’re gone. Spread the word about the benefits of pre-planning by sharing this information.

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Tips for Following Proper Funeral Etiquette

A funeral service is an important ritual that allows families to grieve and find closure following the loss of a loved one. If you’re planning to attend a funeral and have questions about what is expected of you, then watch this video to learn about proper funeral etiquette.

Prior to the funeral service, make a brief appearance at the wake and express your condolences to the family. Remember that it’s important to wear appropriate funeral attire to both the wake and the funeral, and going with a black suit or dress is always a good option. Send flowers to the family or funeral home or make a charitable donation, if requested.

If you’re in need of mortuary or funeral services in Tucson, then please contact Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery today by calling (520) 888-7470.

Why Consider Funeral Pre-Planning?

Funeral Pre-Planning Tucson

More and more, individuals are opting to arrange their funerals in advance. However, because it’s natural to avoid thinking about death, many people never consider taking advantage of funeral pre-planning. Read on to learn how you could benefit from pre-planning your funeral.

To Design Your Funeral
If you’ve ever thought that you want a specific song to be played at your funeral, that you wish to be buried in a specific cemetery, or that you would prefer cremation for yourself over a traditional burial, then you have a reason to consider funeral pre-planning. By making decisions in advance regarding how your funeral will be carried out, you can feel comfortable with the knowledge that your wishes will be known following your passing.

To Support Your Family
Planning a funeral while dealing with the grief of losing a loved one can be an incredibly stressful process. If you want to relieve your surviving family from the burden of making the many decisions involved with funeral planning after your death, then consider funeral pre-planning. This option will provide your family members with information regarding your wishes and relieve them from having to guess at what you would have wanted.

To Make Financial Arrangements
With the many services involved, the costs of arranging a funeral can add up quickly and put a burden on your surviving family members. If you want to be sure that the costs of your funeral are covered in advance, then you can include this as part of the pre-planning process. Additionally, you can make the arrangements necessary for your bank accounts, benefits, and estate to be organized and in the right hands following your passing.

If you’re interested in funeral pre-planning in Tucson, then look no further than Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. In addition to mortuary, cremation, and cemetery services, we offer several resources to help you pre-plan a funeral ceremony of your choosing. Please call (520) 257-4831 for more information.

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