We invite you to explore the many unique ways to celebrate and honor a life.
Whether you choose Traditional funeral services with burial or cremation services with inurnment of cremains, having a permanent place to visit remains, is an essential part of the healing process. We’ll educate you on the traditional and nontraditional inclusions in these ceremonies—and help you design an observance that’s as unique as the life it’s about.
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Designing your Funeral
There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains. It about what you want and how you want to be remembered.
Designing Your Funeral
Create Healing Experiences
Losing someone you dearly loved can be emotionally devastating, and in the depth of early grief, you might think that it would be ‘easier’ to just take care of things as simply as possible. But, we hear it every day: easier isn’t always better. You must set the stage for the future by providing your family and friends with an opportunity to start the healing process.
You Can Never Go Back and Do It Over
We hope that you’ll honor your loved one in a way that you can look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor the life of someone you cared for. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all
who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a gift of a lifetime.
Comfort in tradition
Familiar rites and rituals give everyone peace of mind. A traditional funeral with an accompanying visitation looks and feels like it did years ago and brings comfort to all.
A consistent place of healing
In our modern society, people aren’t given enough time to grieve their losses. The pressures of work and financial concerns both can bring the bereaved back into the workplace far too soon. Having a permanent place - in a cemetery, mausoleum,
or cremation garden - that can be visited regularly by family and friends is an essential part of the time following a death. Such a location is a focal point of memorialization. It provides a consistent place to go to remember your loved one, and to commemorate important occasions. It can help to make a birthday or anniversary less painful.
A permanent place to reflect on
your loved one becomes a way of connecting to a family’s past. Visiting the resting place of grandparents or great-grandparents can anchor children to their personal history.
Many families do geneology searches. This ensures future generations a path to their past.
The value of coming together
Even with a cremation, bringing family and friends together to share memories and to support one another can be done simply and elegantly. Offer everyone an opportunity to collectively begin the healing process.
Comfort Hearts and Nourish Connections
Throughout their lives, they cared for those they loved with good food, lovingly prepared. Now, celebrate that love by sharing their favorites in a relaxed gathering. A chili or seafood feast? Maybe desserts were their specialty. Whatever it was, gather
together and savor the memories.
Footage of Service
Footage of the service can be put on our website for those who could not attend to watch at their convenience. It also allows those who did attend the opportunity to watch it time and again. This way they can remember the stories shared, as the day of can become a blur because emotions were running high.
We save you time and money by providing floral concierge services. You can now have the most beautiful floral design at an affordable price all handled conveniently at the time of arrangements.
There are many creative ways to incorporate personal items into a service. Anything, whether a creation by the loved one you are celebrating, or in tribute of their life and love can be a beautiful addition to a service. Displayed throughout the funeral home, they can help people learn more about a life that was cherished.We have a variety of easels, bookcases and tables for this. We’ll work together to arrange your items to the best advantage.
Music is an evocative, emotional art. Live or pre-recorded music enhances a service in a moving, personal way. Some ways to use music in the service include:
• Putting together a selection
of your loved one’s favorite recorded music
• Hiring musicians to play live music
• Playing music written by your departed loved one
• Encouraging musical friends and family members to perform
• Play a video or recording of your loved one
Our staff will be pleased to download
selected music from iTunes and create a playlist to be used during the visitation , funeral, or luncheon. We have a modern, state-of-the-art surround sound system. Our facility is designed to accommodate the musicians and their instruments. Sunrise believes in the importance of personalizing a service to beautifully reflect the life and personality of your loved one. personalized funeral service touches friends and families and celebrates a life well-lived. To learn more about putting together a unique, personalized service, please contact us. We would be pleased to help you plan a meaningful life celebration. We work with you to create a service that truly reflects your loved one’s special qualities.
Photos and Albums
Images of your loved one provide a powerful way to bring memories to life. There are many opportunities to display photos at a funeral service. The built-in projector in our gathering room can display DVD tributes of your loved one’s life. You might like to include favorite photographs in the program or on keepsake mementos. Photo albums can be arranged for people to look through and reminisce together.
Memorial Tribute Video
Your family photographs are skillfully blended with wonderful graphic images and music. There is a plethora of themes and music selections to choose from, ensuring your loved one’s memorial tribute video is sure to become a treasured family keepsake. We can make copies as gifts for family and friends. It will also be put on our website for those who were unable to attend to watch at their convenience.
Coordinating clothing is a moving visual tribute that also creates a sense of togetherness. You can make a clothing request in the obituary: ‘Please wear John Deere green in honor of Grandpa’s beloved tractors’ or ‘Let’s all wear something purple - Mom’s favorite color.’ Perhaps everyone might put on hockey jerseys in honor of a dedicated sports fan. Recently one our families told us their dad disliked wearing suits. The obituary read: ‘In honor of Fred we ask you to leave your suits in the closet and wear something more comfortable to the funeral.’
Customized Memorial Folders
The Memorial Folder handed to friends and family as they enter the service provides an easy opportunity to personalize the experience. Use the Memorial Folder to display words of wisdom, photographs and/or special memories and stories of the
deceased. At Sunrise we design and print all of the memorial folders and other related stationary. Please be in touch - we’d be happy to help you fulfill all your printing requirements creatively and competently.
Readings of sacred scriptures,
poetry and literature
Passages from your loved one’s favorite scriptures, books or poems that capture the essence of their life help create a service infused with wisdom and words to remember. You can also invite friends and family members to read passages or poems of their choice or write their own pieces to share.
Religion, Faith, Spirituality
Religion provides structure and guidance for grieving survivors. From protocols for cleaning and dressing your loved one to features of the funeral service to guidelines for memorial events, there are often specific religious frameworks for
putting a loved one to their final rest. We have absolute respect for these and are ready to work with you to make sure everything takes place as necessary. Use passages from your loved one’s favorite scriptures, liturgical practices, music or hymns.
Have a table with tags and pens. This will help connect the face to the name for many friends you may not have seen in years.
Honoring service to our Nation
Honor your loved one’s commitment to their country. A memory table can help tell this part of their story. Display key items from your loved one’s time of service to help personalize their celebration of life. A memory table makes a great place for guests to gather around and reminiscence. There are many special ways to memorialize a veteran. Display your loved one’s medals, set out pictures of them in uniform, have the Legion participate in the service, have a bag piper play Amazing Grace or the ‘Last Post’ performed by a bugler.
Have a grandchild or other family member hand out envelopes with flowers seeds ready to be planted. Each time you see the flowers in bloom, you’ll be reminded of your loved one. Recently we assisted a family in handing out their late Dad’s award-winning tomato seeds to all of the guests in attendance. It was really special - everyone smiled, knowing that his tomatoes were a big part of who he was.
Display of Personal Items
A display of your loved one’s most cherished possessions is a nice way to show the life they lived. These possessions can be whatever you choose, such as mementos from a creative hobby or sporting pastime, items from a special collection or anything else that helps tell the story of the one being celebrated.
Fondest Memory Cards
A classic way to remember your loved one is to ask friends and families to share memories. Attendees can write them down in
a collective book or on note-cards to be collected. Each writer could also read their memories aloud as a part of the service.
Our Facility has a catering kitchen, making sharing a meal easy. We have contracted caterers to help design the perfect menu for your event.
Bagpipe music has roots in traditional Irish and Scottish funerals but has gradually become a tradition for firefighters and police officers as well. These days, bagpipes are commonly integrated into a service, playing tunes such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Danny Boy,’ adding a solemn, moving touch loved by many.
One way to create a beautiful lasting tribute to your loved one is to plant a tree in their memory. We are happy to help you, whether planting in acemetery, home or special location.
How to Honor a Life
It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers will be said or songs you’d like sung. We can arrange to have doves, butterflies, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. We’re here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one.
Burial or Cremation?
Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.
Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.
If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.
In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.
Designing Your Memorial
There are few decisions in life as personal as deciding where you wish to be permanently memorialized. After all, it is a decision that extends into the lifetimes of your children and grandchildren – where do you wish them to go to honor your memory and share their emotions?
Ground BurialDeciding on the type of memorial property is a very personal decision. Sunrise Memorial Park provides a setting where meditation, reflection, remembrance, and healing can take place.
Mausoleums allow for above ground entombment in either community buildings or specially designed family structures. At one time the advantages of mausoleum entombment were available only to royalty, the famed or the very wealthy. Well-known mausoleums include the Taj Mahal, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Egyptian Pyramids. Mausoleum property is now affordable to most everyone.
The mausoleums at Sunrise Funeral Home & Memorial Park is a community mausoleum with crypt spaces and cremation niche sections. Private family mausoleum property is also available. These mausoleums are individually designed, custom-built and personalized to reflect the traditions and values of the individual.
Cremation OptionsCremation niches, we have an indoor stand alone unit that is available in our mausoleum, and in our outdoor cremation nitches. We also provide in-ground burial of cremains.
Create Your Perfect Ceremony
Once you've explored the world of possibilities, map out the personalized services that speak to you. There's no option that's too grand or too unique. We want to make your wishes a reality.