Funerals and memorial services are all about honoring the person who has passed and the achievements they made in their life. When a veteran passes away, this sentiment can feel even stronger. The contribution they made to our lives and our country deserves to be celebrated and honored in a special way.
If you’re planning a memorial service for a veteran, then we’ve got some ideas to make it a special event and to give them the send-off they deserve.
Military Funeral Honors ceremony
The life of military members and veterans can be celebrated with an official Military Funeral Honors ceremony. At this ceremony, at least two members of the Armed Forces will be present, typically from the same branch as the veteran served in. The US flag will be presented and often draped on the casket. Taps will also be played, either live on a bugle or trumpet or played as a recording. Many veterans are also buried in their military uniform.
Headstones for veterans
A custom headstone can also be provided for the burial of a veteran at no charge to the family, furnished by The Department of Veterans Affairs. Headstones or flat markers are typically provided in marble or granite to coordinate with the style of other headstones in the cemetery. As well as custom text to honor the veteran and their service, imagery and etchings are often used as well to represent their role played in the armed forces.
Highlighting their achievements
As well as the special provisions for veterans from the government, you can also make the day a special remembrance of your loved one. Most funerals and memorial services involve reminiscing about the deceased’s life and achievements, whether that’s through photos or stories.
When celebrating a veteran’s life, you could display their uniform, medals and other achievements they earned during their service, and photos or videos of them in the armed forces or in their uniform. The people who served with the deceased may also want to share special memories from their time together. Combining this with memories from their home and family life is a good way to celebrate the different aspects of their life, each important in their own way.
If you need more memorial ideas to really do justice to a veteran, then get in touch with Hayworth Miller in Winston Salem, Lewisville, Advance, Kernersville, or Rural Hall. We provide cremation services as well as burial funerals, so you can plan something that honors their wishes properly.
If you or a loved one have decided to be cremated once you pass, the next decision is what to do with the ashes after the cremation funeral. This might be something you’re deciding for yourself as part of funeral preplanning or something you’re deciding for a loved one who has already passed.
If you’re unsure what to do, here are a few ideas of popular ways to commemorate a loved one through their ashes.
Present them in an ornamental urn
Keep your loved one close by with an ornamental urn containing their ashes. You’ll find a variety of different styles of urns to choose from, so you can select a piece that you’ll enjoy looking at and that fits well in your home. It’s a great way to remember them and keep them close to you.
Scatter them somewhere personal
Scattering ashes is an extremely popular choice. It returns that person’s remains and, usually, to a place that meant a lot to them during their life. You might want your ashes scattered in the sea or on the beach, at the top of a mountain, in your favorite park, or around the gravesite of a loved one. It’s a completely personal choice with so many possibilities.
Create jewelry from them
Keep your loved one close to your heart, literally, with a necklace containing their ashes. Or you can choose any kind of jewelry, like a ring, bracelet, or earring. One option is to have a locket or a similar pendant that can hold a small amount of your loved one’s ashes. Another option that is more expensive is to have their ashes turned into a gemstone, like a diamond, to adorn an item of jewelry.
Turn them into art
Art lovers will rejoice at the thought of their remains living on in a painting. You can mix a small amount of the ashes in with paint and create a masterpiece that commemorates them. If there is no one creative in your life, then you can commission an artist to create a painting that perfectly represents your loved one’s life, whether it’s a portrait of the deceased or something else.
Plant a tree
Truly live on in nature by having your ashes placed in a biodegradable urn with a seed that will grow into a tree over the years. The ashes, along with the urn itself and the soil around it, will nourish the seed so that it can grow well. The tree will grow and live on for generations to come.
Are you looking for cremation services in the Winston Salem area? You can get in touch with Hayworth Miller for our supportive funeral, cremation, and pre-arrangement services.