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Memorial Services-Public Or Private?

Published: March 27, 2023
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
cremation services in Tacoma, WA

There are lots of decisions to make about memorial services after cremation services in Tacoma, WA because you can do whatever you want at any time you want to do it. Cremation allows you to have completely open options and it’s nice for you to be able to customize and organize whatever you want for your loved one. One decision you will need to make is whether you want the memorial to be open to the service, or something private for just family and friends.

Allow Anyone To Say Goodbye

If you open the service to the public, you can allow anyone who wants to a chance to say goodbye to your loved one. Your family member might have friends in the community that you don’t know, or at least don’t know how to reach. They can learn about the death and attend the services based on the notice they read in the newspaper. Anyone who felt close to your loved one can say their goodbyes and pay their respects.

Keep Things Intimate With Just Family

While you want anyone who meant something to your loved one to be able to honor them, you might also feel like an intimate service with just family is the right way to go. You are able to gather the people who mean the most to you, and meant the most to your loved one, and mourn together in an intimate manner.

Surround Yourself With Community Support

When you invite the community, you might be surprised by just how much support you gather around you. Lots of people are going to come, share memories of your loved one, and let you know why they cared about that person. It can feel good to hear just what your loved one meant to people you knew, and even people you didn’t know.

Lean On Those You Love The Most

Keeping things private can allow you more time with just your family, which can be very special and memorable. You can lean on those who know you the best, and love you the most. You might not want people you don’t know intruding and seeing your family during this vulnerable time.

Showcase How Special Your Loved One Was

Opening the services to the public can showcase to everyone just how special your loved one was. When you see how many people turn out to honor them, it can show you just how many people they reached and what they meant to each of them.

Share Memories With Those Who Understand

While your loved one might know a lot more people than just your family members, when you share memories with the people who knew them the best, they are going to understand, and perhaps even remember some of the same things.

When you go with cremation services in Tacoma, WA for a loved one, you can think about whether or not you want a private, or public memorial service for that special person when you move forward with an honoring event.

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