Most families like to honor a loved one who has passed on with a memorial service. San Francisco Bay Area families have several options with which they can honor lost loved ones, regardless of their final resting place. The following are some options families may want to consider.
Planning a San Francisco Memorial Service
There are many things to consider when planning a San Francisco memorial service. Some of these include: location, visitation, open or closed casket (if applicable), music, participants, and more. Each service will be different, because the people involved are different. It should reflect the person and his or her life and memories.
Time is a major factor in planning a service. A service will need to be planned as soon as possible if the body is embalmed to be buried. When cremation is chosen, the family has more time to plan their preferred service.
Playing a video presentation that chronicles key points in your loved ones life highlights the life he or she enjoyed. A display table with memorabilia and awards he or she received is another way to feature the things your loved one enjoyed. Scrapbooks or photo albums provide a way to remind people of special memories and stories. Having samples of something they known for (such as a selection of quilts done by the deceased), can be a sweet reminder. Sometimes it is a comfort to the family to choose a living memorial. A donation to an important charity or local organization, or planting a tree or shrub in the honor of the loved one are a couple of options.
Deceased veterans are entitled to receive special honors. Many military services often include an honor guard. An honor guard has a full rifle team for a “21 Gun Salute,” a bugler to play “Taps,” and flag bearers. During the service an American flag can folded and presented to the next of kin.
Location is a primary concern for most services. Having a convenient location that is large enough to accommodate everyone to whom the person was important is a necessity. A church, a cemetery, a park, a rented conference room in a hotel or restaurant, are a couple possibilities. Holding the service at the graveside or where the ashes will be kept can insure everything will be taken care of at the same time.
Ashes from cremation have many flexible options for final disposition. Options include placing the ashes in a decorative urn or box, burying them in a grave-site or placing them in a niche at a church. A not so common option is to scatter the ashes in a chosen location. An ash scattering yacht charter is a special way to remember your loved one.
Atlantis Memorials offers private ash scattering ceremonies on San Francisco Bay. Depart on one of our luxury yachts travel to or under the Golden Gate Bridge before arriving at a more private location out of the wind for your ceremony. Service options are available to personalize and respectfully honor the wishes of your loved one. For more information about a San Francisco memorial service contact Atlantis Memorials.