Can I Design the Funeral Ceremony?

These days many people wish to make the funeral a special celebration of someone’s life, and the ceremony or service is often much more personalised and individual.

At H Morris Funeral Services our funeral directors have been involved in guiding many families through numerous personal remembrances where people want to do things differently, with special meaning to the deceased and to his or her family and friends.

For example, in the days after death leading up to the funeral, family members often choose to have the deceased at home or on a marae. This is popular with both Maori and Pacific Island families, as well as with New 
Zealanders of all ethnicities who find great comfort from this experience.

The funeral ceremony is important for family and friends to mourn as well as an opportunity to celebrate the life of the person who has passed – to remember the good times, the humorous moments, their favourite music, their unique contributions, and to hear tributes and stories from people of all ages. It is good for children to be involved too, if they have been part of the deceased’s life.

Some of the important elements in designing a funeral service are:

  • Movement – how the casket is transported during the service, who will carry it; and whether you want special music, movement, or a guard of honour.
  • Symbols – things that carry meaning and demonstrate what was important to the person who has passed, such as flowers from their garden, books and poems, candles, photographs, videos or a bible.
  • Music – what music they most enjoyed. This can vary from classical to rock, country to opera, hymns to pop music. PowerPoint technology is also available for the showing of photographs and visual mementos.

Whether you need to plan a funeral now or wish to prepare for the future, we can provide you with a funeral pack which contains material about H Morris and the professional services we offer.

For more information or advice please click here or phone H Morris Funeral services.

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