If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know it can be overwhelming having to plan and create a funeral service. Having guests, friends, or other family members assist takes a huge weight off the shoulders of those grieving and gives them the chance to step back and reflect on their loved one through the process of planning and preparing for their celebration.
During a time of loss, the littlest things make the biggest difference. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, offer to help the family plan the memorial service, bring a dish to pass, or assign specific individuals certain roles to assist the family before, during, and after the service.
Ask those close to the deceased if they can be involved in parts of the ceremony. Have them create a photo collage, cook the food, create video clips, or aid in making sure family members have everything they need on the day of the funeral. Anything you can do to make the family’s life a little easier during such a difficult time can mean the world to them.
Being intentional about including close guests, family, and friends also helps them to feel like they are playing a special role in the memorial service. They can bring in some of the loved one’s favorite items to make the service more meaningful and personal. It makes the funeral service that much more unique and beautiful when everyone has an opportunity to participate and share stories and memories.
Oftentimes, family members need just as much comfort and support after the service is over. Be mindful of taking the time to be with them and share words of peace and wisdom to guide them through the healing process. While individuals all grieve in their own way, make sure the family feels comfortable and ready to talk.
The beautiful part of a funeral service is everyone joining together to support one another and spend precious time to celebrate and honor a wonderful life lost. Remind those you love that they are not alone. There are many people who are ready and willing to help in any way they can through planning and preparing for a loved one’s funeral. Our staff takes pride in providing the best service and care in the deepest time of need. We are here 24/7 to offer any services or resources needed. Contact Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services by calling 231-726-5210 or 616-842-6100. We are always happy to help!