The loss of a dear loved one is devastating. One way to deal with the sadness and start the healing process is to honor your loved one's life with a special memorial service. By personalizing the service, you share the very essence of your loved one with those who come to pay their respects, share memories, and celebrate the person's life.
"We've held some very creative memorial services," said John Callahan, owner of U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home. "One family decorated the casket of the deceased, who loved horses, with her favorite saddle and riding boots. Another brought in quilts hand-sewn by the deceased. We're very flexible, and will work with families to create a loving, respectful, and personalized service for their loved one."
Many families choose to honor their loved ones with symbolic rituals. "Some clients prefer to release doves, which symbolize peace and love," added Callahan. "Others like to light candles or release butterflies or paper lanterns to symbolize their loved one's journey."
Planning a memorial service is in itself a healing act. Family members get together to go through photographs to be used on a picture board or in a memorial video, allowing them to share their feelings and memories, and to help each other with their grief. "It helps people process the loss and gain comfort from family members and friends," said Callahan.
Many families are also looking for ways to symbolize the fact that their loved one, although no longer with them physically, will always be in their hearts. "We had a family create special memorial cards, where instead of printing a biblical verse or a poem, they included a favorite recipe for a dish the deceased used to prepare," said Callahan. "Another family left pens and paper, along with a memory box, for attendees to write down their favorite memory of their loved one for the family to read through at a later time."
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450