How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful

Years ago, there was one factor that kept many Big Spring and Midland Texas families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral. People believed that if they chose cremation, they could not have a funeral service that was meaningful and told the story of their loved one’s life. Of course, this is not true.  Funeral traditions are constantly changing and evolving over time, and families are now discovering that cremation is a dignified form of commemoration, when you choose an experienced funeral home that cares about your family.

As traditions change, we are always developing new and meaningful ways to honor and memorialize the life that was lived. Attitudes, generally, toward what is “appropriate” during a funeral have broadened, and that means we can offer families new personalized choices and unique forms of tribute and remembrance. However, families who have lost a loved one sometimes find these choices overwhelming. We can help. The best place to start is by making a list of your loved one’s interests, hobbies, accomplishments, as well as faith and cultural traditions.

In the past, some people viewed cremation as only a way to save money on funeral costs. It’s true that direct cremation is available, with no memorial service and no tribute to the person who has died. But now, families who do choose cremation are discovering that dignified and touching services are available to help them to honor and celebrate their loved one. Many experts say it’s also an important step in the grieving process to have a memorial. When you choose cremation, you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize cremation services with vaults, caskets, and urns that bear emblems and engravings denoting religious affiliation, hobbies, special interests, and/or military or civic service.

There is one other important aspect of cremation that you may want to keep in mind. Some funeral homes do not own private cremation facilities, and some people have concerns about whether or not their loved one will be treated with dignity throughout the process.  At Nalley-Pickle & Welch, we own and operate our own crematory and we are the only Cremation with Confidence provider in our area, so you can trust that your loved one never leaves our care. This is why the families in the Big Spring, Midland and Stanton area know and trust the Nalley-Pickle & Welch name, as they can rest assured knowing we will treat their loved one with professionalism, care and dignity.

When you choose cremation, ask these important questions: What kind of memorial services are available? What are the choices for personalization, and telling the story of the life that has been lived?  And most importantly, what measures does the funeral home take to guard the dignity of the cremation process? Our privately owned crematory is one area of confidence for you. Another is our unwavering commitment to preserve the dignity and tell the story of your loved one. And that’s the best assurance of all.