- For more advice about choosing an executor to carry out the wishes of your will, visit USA.gov.
- Click on this link from InLieuofFlowers.info to learn more about the role of flowers in funeral services.
- This indispensable For Dummies guide makes will writing simple and comprehensible.
- For start-to-finish will writing advice, read this article from SmartMoney.com.
There are several legal documents you can fill out in order to promote peace of mind in the final weeks, months, or years of your life. To learn more about wills, living wills, and funeral pre-planning, take a look at these excellent, informative online resources.
If you would like to speak with an East Bay funeral planning professional about funeral floral arrangements or service planning, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (866) 475-9407.
When you first hear the word “will,” your first thought is usually about how your estate will be divided up after you pass on. However, a living will, which spells out the extent to which one would like to be treated for an incapacitating illness or following an accident, can be just as important.
To learn about important considerations to make when drawing up your living will, take a quick look at this informative video. The administration of pain medication, resuscitation, and food through a tube are some common medical services on which people choose to make decisions in their living will.
Since living will regulations vary from state to state, it is important to reference the regulations that apply to your place of residence when drawing up your living will. To speak with a professional about living will writing and funeral pre-planning in the East Bay, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (866) 475-9407.
When attending a funeral, one thoughtful way to demonstrate your appreciation of the deceased and pay your respects to his or her family is with a floral arrangement. Flowers of all colors and types can be found at funerals these days, from the cheerful to the somber. Here is a brief guide to the meaning behind the flowers that appear most frequently at funeral and memorial services.
Carnations Attractive, affordable, and available in many colors, carnations have long been a prominent choice among funeral goers. Pink blooms symbolize remembrance, red blooms love, and white innocence—either the innocence of the young life that was lost or that which is returned to the soul after disembarking from the body. People also choose carnations for their longevity.
Chrysanthemums From Germany to Japan, chrysanthemums are a flower closely associated with grief and mourning. To show the despair you feel at the loss of a loved one, adorn his or her casket with these perennial flowers.
Lilies The standard flower on display at funerals in East Asia; lilies have remained a funeral mainstay among Americans with Asian ancestry, and have grown popular among members of non-Asian cultures as well. White lilies symbolize purity, truth, and sincerity, while golden lilies have been associated with reincarnation of the soul.
Roses The first bloom that comes to mind when many people hear the word “flower,” roses are popular at all sorts of ceremonies. White, red, and pink roses can often be found at funerals, since they symbolize love, grace, and reverence.
Snapdragons An increasingly common choice for funeral floral arrangements, the snapdragon is said to represent graciousness. As with carnations, this Old World flower is also fairly resistant to wilting.
If you have any questions about funeral flowers or sympathy gifts that this article did not answer, a funeral home representative is able to help you. To speak with a compassionate and experienced funeral director at a full service funeral home in the East Bay Area, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward today at (866) 475-9407.
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