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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.

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.

Meaningful Floral Arrangements for a Funeral

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In many cultures, flowers are used to express sympathy and respect following a death. If you’ve been invited to a funeral service and you’re wondering what type of flower arrangement to bring to the funeral home, then continue reading to discover the meanings of different flowers.

Lilies
Lilies have long since been the flowers most often associated with funeral ceremonies. The lily can represent many things, such as the innocence that has been returned to the departed. More specifically, white stargazer lilies can be used to express sympathy, peace lilies symbolize rebirth and innocence, and calla lilies represent purity, majesty, and faith.

Orchids
Offering orchids is a universal expression of love. In terms of conveying sympathy with orchids, it’s important to select a funeral-appropriate color. White and pink orchids are the traditional options for funeral flowers.

Gladiolas
Gladiolas are flowers that bloom in groups on a tall stem. For funerals, these flowers are commonly used in fan sprays and represent moral integrity and strength of character. Gladiolas are available in a wide range of funeral-appropriate colors, such as yellow, white, pink, green, purple, red, and orange.

Roses
Roses are another common funeral flower, but it’s important to note that various colors have their own meanings. Deep red roses, in a funeral setting, represent grief and love, while white roses represent innocence, purity, and spirituality. Dark pink roses are commonly used to express gratitude towards the departed and yellow to show friendship.

Mums
Chrysanthemums, or mums, are a common addition to funeral flower arrangements. In fact, in some countries, mums are specifically symbolic of death and are reserved for use at funerals or gravesites. In the United States, except for New Orleans, mums are a positive symbol of truth. In Korea, Japan, and China, white chrysanthemums represent grief and lamentation.

If you’re planning to attend a funeral service in Tucson and you’re looking for the perfect gift to bring, then please visit the Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery website to see the selection of beautiful flower arrangements that we offer through our online store. Please call (520) 888-7470 to find out more.

Essential Information to Include in an Obituary

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Are you in the process of planning a funeral service for a deceased loved one and have the responsibility of writing the obituary? If so, then there are some key components that should be part of the article. The following are essential pieces of information that should be included in any obituary:

Biographical Data
The biographical data helps readers identify with the deceased, and there are a number of things that you may want to add to the obituary. The following are examples of what many people choose to include:

  • The deceased’s full name, including nicknames and maiden name
  • The locations and dates of birth, marriage, and death
  • The cause of death
  • The names of any predeceased and surviving family members
  • Military service
  • Schools attended
  • Positions and places of employment
  • Organization memberships, such as place of worship, fraternities, or civic organizations
  • Any special interests or hobbies

Charity Name
Is there a charity that the deceased donated to? If so, then listing this in the obituary can be a good idea, especially if you would like for people to make donations. In this case, be sure to include the full name of the organization, as well as their address or website, and request that charitable donations be made in lieu of flowers or gifts.

Monetary Contributions
Also, if you would prefer that people make monetary contributions to the family instead of bringing flowers or sending gifts to the funeral home, then this should be included in the obituary.

Funeral Details
If you plan to hold a public funeral service, visitation, burial, or memorial, then you should include the times, days, and locations in the article. If you plan to have a private service, then state this in the obituary.

The staff at Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery offers years of experience and a broad range of cremation and funeral services. If you’re planning a funeral near Tucson, then please give us a call at (520) 888-7470 to discover more about what we do.

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