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Only A Cremation?

How many times has a conversation come up regarding funeral services and you’ve heard – “I want to be cremated”? Cremation is an increasingly popular option when it comes to end of life planning.  Though there has been more and more discussion regarding cremation, something that many people aren’t aware of is the fact that cremation does not take away the ability to honor and celebrate one’s life.

In order to gain a better understanding of the options available, let us take a look at a common scenario.  Your friend, let’s call her “Mary”, has stated that she is going to be cremated when she dies.  She has told the kids, the neighbors, her friends and siblings – everyone. What she hasn’t done, however, is discussed the type of funeral services she would like along with her cremation.  These services are important in that they allow her friends and family the opportunity to gather and honor her life.

Mary wants a visitation and a funeral service, a celebration of her life. She has already picked out the dress she’d like to be placed in with a pair of pearl earrings and a lovely scarf.  Mary has considered a memorial ceremony, in which her cremated remains would be present in an urn alongside photos and personal items, but ultimately has chosen to have a viewing with visitation.  She loves the look of dark hardwood and would prefer her cremation casket be of that material (a cremation casket is used for the funeral service first, then cremated).  Mary has a few special songs she would like played, along with a basket of her favorite flowers, yellow roses, to be put on display next to her casket.  Following the service she wants her friends and family to gather at her favorite restaurant to enjoy her favorite foods and drinks in her honor.

When discussing her final wishes, Mary assumes everyone will already know exactly what she wants.  Unfortunately, however, they do not. Mary later passes away and is cremated, per her wishes. However, no services are held due to the fact that her family was unaware of the beautiful funeral service Mary had envisioned for herself, along with her cremation.

Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, Daly City has a pre-arrangement staff who are trained to assist you in planning your final wishes your way. There is no obligation. Call Duggan’s Serra today for your Free Personal Planning Guide and make sure that your wishes are in writing, planned ahead of time.  “My Funeral, My Cremation, My Way”®

Duggan’s Serra Mortuary
500 Westlake Avenue
Daly City, CA 94014
650-756-4500     FD1098