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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.

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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