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Flowers on Graves: Beautifying a Loved One's Final Resting Place

Are you responsible for the upkeep of a loved one’s grave? Most cemeteries have groundskeepers, but they’re often only responsible for mowing and repairs. In that case, any flowering plants or beautification of an individual gravesite is up to family members or volunteers. Even if the cemetery is well maintained, it doesn’t hurt to beautify a loved one’s final resting place.

It’s important to check with the cemetery regarding rules, but it’s often possible to plant flowers on the grave. There may be restrictions on what you’re allowed to plant, as well as rules about maintenance, but if you get clearance, many types of flowers are a good fit for a gravesite.

  • Geraniums are a good choice because they’re bright and cheerful. Hardy and easy to maintain, they are available in a wide selection of colors. To keep them blooming, clip the spent flower heads. If the gravesite is in a warm climate, be aware that the geraniums might grow large and obscure the headstone.

  • Chrysanthemums require minimal maintenance and tend to be cold-hardy. They can be left in the ground, and they’ll return the next growing season; the primary maintenance required is deadheading blossoms and cutting back plant stems at the end of the season. Bonus: there are many types of chrysanthemums, so you can plant different ones and have blooms year-round.

  • Roses are beautiful but require some work. Most cemeteries will allow the planting of roses on a gravesite because maintenance workers can easily work around them. However, the workers generally won’t prune roses, so if you plant one, make sure you have time in your schedule to come back and tend it.

  • Wildflowers can be an easy way to add color. One of the benefits of wildflowers is that they reseed and bloom yearly, but it should be noted that some flowers that aren’t considered wildflowers will do the same thing. Annuals such as marigolds, salvia, zinnias and cosmos will come back each year for many years.

  • Daylilies are a good option because they don’t require much care. They’re very prolific growers, so unless you want them to spread over a large area, it’s best to have a border to contain them.

  • Low-spreading flowers that can handle frequent mowing are a great choice. Flowering rhyme, Roman chamomile, and some varieties of ajuga are colorful seasonal ground cover that will survive not only mowing but also foot traffic.

The peaceful grounds of Evergreen Cemetery were established in 1907 to serve the rapidly expanding Tucson community. Today, this beautiful setting for your loved one’s final resting place is a touchpoint for future generations to reflect and remember. Call to learn more about us, or visit the About Us page to schedule a tour.

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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