You are not alone if you have questions about funerals. Most of us have lived in a time where many traditions passed from generation to generation without much need for revision or change. Today, our community and family relationships look very different than they did 20 or 30 years ago. That means funeral gatherings are changing as well.
We have organized the following information to help you learn about some funeral alternatives. Keep in mind that many more options exist beyond those outlined here. After you have read through these pages, do not hesitate to contact us via email or telephone to discuss your thoughts and ideas more thoroughly. We welcome the opportunity to help and serve.
Whatever choices you make for yourself or for a loved one, keep in mind that everyone left behind wants to recognize a loss, express sorrow and begin the process of healing. Ignoring death rarely helps people find the hope they need for tomorrow. Let us know how we can help.
Why Do people Have Funerals?
People ask that question because the rituals and traditions of the past do not always satisfy our current needs. It’s easy to decide that funerals aren’t important. After all, we live in a fast-paced world where people do not stay rooted; where friendships and jobs come and go. We live in a time when birth, growth and death may occur in places all over the world. Yet families find that having no funeral at all is even worse. It doesn’t feel right to walk away without saying goodbye. Often this means grief becomes bottled up instead of expressed. Friends can feel even more isolated by the “disappearance” of a neighbor or co-worker who dies without recognition. How did things change?
In the past, funerals often served as a community event. Those attending shared a common heritage of religion, ethnic traditions and community relationships. Funerals became meaningful just because everyone showed up. Each person brought his or her own lifetime of experiences to the gathering. Stories and memories came easily because everyone knew each other and shared many common bonds. Times have now changed and we no longer come together in the same way.
Today, funerals involve more diverse groups of people with less shared experience. Does this mean that funerals should go away? No. This means just the opposite. Funerals have become more important than ever. Funerals represent the last great opportunity to bring memories together, to share important stories, and to gather support. It’s also a time to reconnect with spiritual resources and find hope for the future.
At Hathaway, we want to provide the resources to help you fulfill your need to hold meaningful funeral gatherings where you and your loved ones can express sorrow, remember the past and find hope for tomorrow. Calling Hathaway gives you a team of dedicated staff who will go out of their way to make your service special, meaningful and complete.
What About Tradition?
Ritual and routine can help tremendously in times of great stress. We encourage you to use funeral traditions in any way you find helpful. At the same time, we have service enhancements and ideas which may help you share and remember your loved one in a personal way.
What About Cost?
Quality facilities, expert staff and business longevity require strong financial performance. Our business is very strong financially, and you can be assured that any pre-arrangement, or investment in our services will be there for you when you need it. When you choose your funeral arrangements, we will give you a range of options in both services and price. We will counsel you in the areas of cost, and be responsive to your desires. Our services can be a comfortable choice for almost anyone.
Want to Know More?
This website contains additional information to help you understand cremation and other ways to make funeral arrangements more personal and meaningful. You may also find it helpful to talk with someone in person. We invite you to contact us at any time for a personal appointment. A funeral professional will meet with you to discuss and explain the many options and alternatives that are available to you and your loved ones.