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Touching Memorial Service Ideas for Veterans

Published: December 26, 2019

When Someone Dies

Ideas for honorable memorial services for veterans.

A veteran's time in active military service can shape the whole of their adult life. The friends veterans make during active service are often lifelong, and veterans may stay active with civic organizations devoted to mutual support and public policy long after an official discharge. It may have been decades since someone wore a uniform, but a veteran memorial service should reflect the experiences and people that helped make them who they are. If you're looking for the perfect memorial service idea for a veteran you love, consider the following.

How the Veteran’s Administration Can Help

Contact the Veterans Administration, especially for advance planning. If you are a close relative of a veteran, the VA may be able to assist you with a veteran burial. You may be able to receive a flag to drape over the casket, a grave marker or headstone, and other services and forms of support. Of course, if you are considering burial in a VA national cemetery, you'll need to contact them, as the arrangements will need to be made in advance and accommodated for in any prepaid funeral plans you have.

Determine whether a national cemetery is right for the deceased. Please be advised that Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is regulated by the Army. If the deceased has a family plot or a strong wish to be buried near a relative, burial in a national cemetery may not be the best option. But for many veterans, a national cemetery honors a commitment central to their lives. The best memorial service idea is to center the wishes of the deceased wherever possible.

Friends of Veterans

Give other veterans pride of place in memorializing the deceased. If they knew the deceased, they can offer a heartfelt eulogy or contribute a story for the obituary. A military chaplain may be able to serve as a bridge between the service of the deceased and the faith of the family. Ask local veterans' groups if they can connect you to a chaplain of the appropriate faith tradition and service branch.

Consider burying the deceased in uniform. This may be an official part of a military funeral, but may also be acceptable for civilian funerals. But a military uniform is much more complicated than a formal suit. You'll want to check for appropriate sizes and missing parts. If the deceased veteran is missing medals they have earned, you can contact their service branch for replacements. The National Archives explains how to obtain replacements.

Include veterans and current service members in the ceremonies and ongoing memorials. A veterans memorial is about those who have gone before, but also those who are left behind. Invite local veterans' groups to attend the funeral as honored guests. Ask that donations be offered to veterans' groups in lieu of flowers. Open space after formal funeral services to express grief and support for those lost in battle and its aftermath. We honor the deceased with funerals, but they are also about living.

A Funeral with Military Honors

If you decide on a funeral with full military honors, that allows for a formal, solemn tribute to the deceased. This can serve as a great comfort to both the deceased and the family. There are fewer decisions to make, and the formality ensures that due respect is given to the deceased and their service. If you decide on a civilian funeral that pays tribute to the service of the deceased, you'll have more decisions to make, but the memorial can reflect the individuality of the deceased and their family. They may have served in uniform, but the memorial service idea can be something less so.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home Today

Holloway Funeral Home is proud to help veterans and their families with services ranging from full military honors to a civilian funeral with a brief nod to their service, including the finest prepaid funeral plan Oldsmar has to offer. Contact us today to learn more.

Tips for Writing a Funeral Announcement

Published: December 10, 2019

When Someone Dies

How to write a truly memorable funeral announcement to honor your loved one.

If you have recently lost a loved one, you'll know how much work goes into helping someone settle their final arrangements. Emily Dickinson described it as the "most solemn of industries." While a relatively small task during the funeral arrangements, notifying the community about death is a global and ancient custom. It’s a way of acknowledging the gap the deceased leaves in their community. A funeral announcement marks the end of life and recognizes the lives they touched along the way.

The grieving process makes otherwise ordinary tasks more difficult. A funeral announcement should be concise. It should contain enough information that mourners know the essentials while showing respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Given that you may also be tasked with writing an obituary and announcements for newspapers, an outline or template will allow you to insert elements as needed for each format.

A funeral announcement can include the following:

  • Name of the deceased - This should include their full name, common nicknames, and maiden or married names. Include any titles according to the conventions of their current use. Include common nicknames in quotes either before or after the legal given name, as in "Skip" James Smith or Mary "Doc" Jones.
  • Funeral privacy arrangements - If the funeral itself is a private or a family-only event, mention this and give information about events open to all mourners.
  • Funeral date, time, and location - Omit the date and time of the funeral if it’s not open to all mourners.
  • Event information for other related services - Include information about the wake or other gatherings that the culture or religion of the family uses to honor the deceased. Include information about the burial. This is especially important if the burial is to take place at a separate location or date. Omit if these events are not open to all mourners.
  • Profession and community service information - Include the most significant positions within their career, organizations with which the deceased volunteered, and any awards won during their life.
  • Residence history - List where the deceased most recently lived and their birthplace if different. List any other places the deceased lived for more than a few years.
  • Surviving family - Mention their widow or widower, surviving children, siblings, and other close family members.
  • Contributions information - If flowers are accepted, a list where they should be sent. If donations are preferred, name the person or organization accepting them.
  • Clergy information - If the funeral is officiated by a layperson, list their name, title, and their connection to the deceased.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home for Funeral Home Services

After the passing of a loved one or friend, it may be difficult to understand where to turn for assistance. At Holloway Funeral Home, our staff are dedicated to making this difficult time easier by providing quality service to you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation of our funeral services, including assistance in writing funeral announcements.

The Benefits of a Prepaid Funeral Plan

Published: December 2, 2019

When Someone Dies

Why you should consider prepaid funeral plans now!

The passing of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time for any family. Facing the idea of living the rest of your days without their presence is hard enough but having to plan their funeral shortly after their passing can be a burden that is almost always non-confrontable. Often, final expenses like hospital bills and burial services make it even harder to take action on in the midst of grieving, processing the loss, and supporting the rest of the family.

Prepaid funeral plans help families give their loved ones the services they deserve without the extra stress of unexpected financial burdens while allowing you to mourn in peace without funeral arrangements needing to be dealt with. These simple plans are designed to help families control costs, ensure that loved ones get their final wishes fulfilled, and frees survivors from the heavy emotional weight of worry.

Control Burial Costs with Prepaid Funeral Plans

Inflation affects every aspect of our daily lives. As prices on things like food, consumer goods, and real estate continue to grow, it's only natural that the cost of a funeral will continue to increase as well. Without a plan, families can find themselves struggling to find the funds needed to give their loved one a respectful burial while still maintaining their own daily financial responsibilities.

Many people turn to crowdfunding or other means of collecting money to pay for burial expenses. These methods, however, are severely limited, especially after an unexpected loss. Whether the deceased simply didn't have many friends during their lifetime or everyone who could contribute is being negatively impacted by larger economic trends, this path could make an already difficult situation that much worse.  

Prepaid funeral plans help families avoid these hassles. With a prepaid service, prices are locked in from the time you pay and is an out of sight, out of mind plan of relief. That means your family won't be confronted with big bills or require the need to search the community for donations. Regardless of changes in the local economy, your prepaid funeral plan won't increase over the years.

Give Loved Ones the Respected Experience with Prepaid Burials

A funeral is, in essence, a celebration of life and a time to share fond memories and wishes from the deceased. One of the most touching aspects of a funeral is when people come together to talk about how their loved one touched their lives in the most positive ways. This allows them to leave the service feeling grateful for having that presence in their lives, no matter how short or long the time may have been.

Make Your Passing Less Stressful with a Prepaid Plan

Losing an important person in your life is hard enough without the need to worry about other issues such as what your loved one will wear for the ceremony, where the final resting place will be, and other details about the service. Without a prepaid plan in place for funeral services, additional financial strain could become another issue a family will have to deal with. With the additional financial strain, surviving family members and friends could end up fighting instead of using their energies to heal and move forward.  

Prepaid funeral plans save your surviving loved ones from the emotional drain of arranging and paying for your burial. Instead, they can have more time to mourn together and be there as support systems for one another, while enjoying the sweet memories you left behind. This gives them the best chance to move forward with their own lives as a family while celebrating your time with them.

Prepaid Funeral Plans From Holloway Funeral Home

Let Holloway Funeral Home help you plan for your burial in advance for the security and sanity of your family. Over the last 32 years, we've helped Oldsmar residents create beautiful and meaningful celebrations that leave their loved ones feeling connected, appreciated, and ready to rebuild their lives after the passing of a dear relative or friend.

Contact the representatives at Holloway Funeral Home to learn more about prepaid funeral plans in the Oldsmar area.

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