Where to Begin

When you first begin creating a meaningful ceremony, decisions may seem overwhelming at first. We will be here to educate and guide you through the choices to create a meaningful ceremony, pay tribute to a life well-lived and help you get started on a healthy grief journey and new beginning. The process can be broken down into two stages: decisions regarding how you would like to care for your loved one's physical remains and decisions regarding the ceremony to honor your loved one's life.

Caring for a Loved One's Physical Remains

Being with our loved one's physical remains is important after death. It helps acknowledge that life with our loved one's physical remains will be no more. We are left with knowing that there spirit will remain and very much continue to live on, acknowledging their place in our lives, our community and others that they had impacted through various relationships.

Once you've chosen how you'd like to celebrate your loved one's life journey, the next decision you'll face is about how you'd like to care for their physical remains. Caring for our loved ones remains often is an emotional choice for you and your family. We will be here to provide you with education, help you to consider your options and make the decision that is right for your loved one and for your family. Some decisions you will need to make:

  • Will you view your loved one's remains again at the funeral home after they have been bathed and dressed by just immediate family?
  • Will other relatives and friends given the opportunity to acknowledge your loved one's death and be giving the opportunity of viewing their remains. If so, embalming permission needs to be given to our caring professionals?
  • It is important to note that embalming is not to keep our loved one's body in its condition permanently, but to allow families and the public to be able to be with our loved one's body for a number of days after their death has occurred. It some instances, when illness or accident has occurred, it allows our caring professionals to restore the condition of our loved one's remains to be similar to the way they have lived with throughout most of their life.

You will then have to chose between burial and cremation for final disposition of their remains. You will then also need the following:

  • For a burial, you'll need to select a casket and a cemetery, and choose between a ground burial and entombment in a mausoleum.
  • For cremation, you'll need to select flame based or water-based cremation. We, at Hartquist Funeral Home, offer both methods.
  • You will then need to choose whether to bury, entomb, or scatter the cremated remains at a cemetery or on private property.

We will again be here to educate you in exploring your options and making an informed decision that feels right for your family and loved one.

Designing a Ceremony

Whether it is formal or informal, traditional or contemporary, a ceremony provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and support one another in taking the first steps of their healing journey through grief. A ceremony can take place in any setting - at a church, in your home, outdoors, or at our facilities. The ceremony can incorporate music, poetry, time of sharing or art in the celebration of a life well-lived. There are endless possibilities for what the ceremony can be, and we will be honored educate you and facilitate the ceremony that best reflects your loved one.

Our staff is experienced in understanding and accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We are here to answer your questions and guide you through the decisions you will need to make, and will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one and incorporate the elements that you and your family find meaningful.

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