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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

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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