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Spending Time with Loved Ones (While There's Still Time)

It’s easy to find yourself getting bogged down in everyday affairs. When you do that, however, your family (especially aging parents) may feel they’re missing out on time with you. If your parent or loved one is getting on in years, you might want to take time out to do something meaningful together. It’s a good way to make family members feel loved, and building those special memories is good for you, too.

Most people have a bucket list, even if it’s never been shared with anyone. Ask questions so you can find out what your loved one would really like to do with you that they haven’t done yet. Here are a few ideas:

  • Travel! What’s a place your loved one has never been to but wants to visit? Europe? Australia? Alaska? Maybe you could take a cruise together or go on a tour. If you want to do something unusual, you could even make it your goal to visit the Wonders of the World.

  • Learn a new language. Whether you take a class, buy a set of CDs, or try an online course, the fun thing about learning a new language together is that you get to practice speaking it to each other. If you’re competitive, challenge each other to see who can master something like a song or a poem first.

  • Write a memoir. People who have lived for a long time have interesting stories to tell. Help your loved one put these stories on paper, even if it’s just for you and your family. It doesn’t have to be a bestseller — or even published — to be a valuable record of your family history.

  • Go whale watching. Whale watching is a thrilling way to experience nature. There are many other fun ways to observe animals in their natural habitat, as well, whether you’re looking for dolphins, going on a photo safari tour, visiting a wildlife sanctuary or bird watching.

  • Try new foods. Today, we have a host of foods from around the globe, readily available in our neighborhoods. Often, older people don’t try these unfamiliar foods, either because they’re nervous about something unknown or because they’re set in their ways. Introducing your parent or loved one to one of your favorites can be rewarding and fun. Maybe it will even become a shared favorite.

  • Learn a new skill such as crocheting or painting. Learning something new together is a wonderful way to build memories while developing a new skill. Look for classes at your local library or community center.

  • Support a charity. You may already donate to charity, but participating in a hands-on way can be an enriching experience. Help at a local soup kitchen, food pantry, charity thrift store or animal shelter, and you’ll be helping others as you bond with your loved one.

We hope these suggestions spark your imagination and inspire you to create a list of your own. While you’re checking things off the list, don’t forget preplanning. Call Evergreen at 520.257.4831 or visit our Plan Ahead page to request your free preplanning guide

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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