3 Considerations For Winter Funeral Services


Few people plan for funeral weather and the winter can present a lot of challenges. If you find yourself planning a winter funeral, then you should consider how the weather will impact various services. Learn about ways to plan around winter weather and your options to provide funeral services dedicated to a loved one.

1. Digital Memorial Service

The cold weather and snow may present challenges when spending extended time outdoors and can also create problems on the road. Snow and icy conditions can create messy travel situations. You can allow multiple people to attend by hosting a digital memorial service. 

A digital service would include live webcam streaming so guests could watch the memorial service as it happens and listen to speeches. You can secure digital access with specific passcodes so the live stream event is limited to just specific family members and friends. With the digital option, guests will not feel obligated to travel in poor weather conditions like blizzards or extreme cold.

2. Splitting the Service

When planning a funeral for a loved one, not everything has to be done at once. You can spread the ceremony out to have multiple services and honor your loved one at different times of the year. For example, in the winter, you can hold an indoor memorial service.

When spring arrives, you can hold a formal graveside service where guests can easily leave flowers and other memorial features. Splitting up the service gives everyone a chance to say goodbye in person and you can avoid rescheduling multiple times due to weather factors. You could also hold a small service and put off a majority of the funeral all the way until spring if you wish.

3. Cremation Options

Placing a casket into the ground can present problems during the winter, especially if you have heavy snowfalls or the ground is frozen. Another option to consider is cremation. With cremation, you can receive an urn and keep the ashes. 

Once winter passes, you can bury the ashes at a gravesite or spread them. During a winter memorial service, you can display the urn and honor your loved one directly at the funeral home. You also have the option to separate the ashes into smaller urns and hand out memorial urns to loved ones. A funeral home can present all the different cremation options and give you a lot of choices to fit your needs.

Knowing your options will help you make the best decisions and help you move forward with the service.


3 December 2020

Decorating a Funeral Venue

My beloved paternal grandmother passed away almost 4 years ago. Before her death, this special woman suffered many months due to a fatal lung disease. After her passing, her large extended family wanted to celebrate her unique life with an elaborate funeral service. They chose to work with the funeral home staff to decorate the funeral venue with things she loved. Because she enjoyed fishing, a large floral arrangement in the shape of a fish was purchased. Also, the family bought a floral cross to illustrate her devotion to her faith. On this blog, you will discover how to work with a funeral home staff on decorations at the funeral service venue.