If a loved one you know has chosen cremation services in Chicago, IL for their final service plans and has even put together the plans in advance, that can be a great relief to your family. No one has to plan anything or guess as to what they would have wanted. If they paid in advance, no one has to worry about those payments, either. But it might feel strange once the plans start taking action, that you have nothing to do. Here are a few ways you can support those cremation plans without getting in the way of what your loved one has planned.
Plan A Reception
Even if your loved one has the cremation services laid out, they may not have thought about planning out a reception. Even if there are some wishes in place, they may not be prepared. You can take up that cause and make sure your family has that special time together after the memorial services are complete. You can arrange something in your house, at a restaurant, or even in a park. You could have family members bring dishes potluck style or have the event catered. Or you can get some meat and cheese trays and have everyone make their own sandwiches. Whatever you feel your loved one and your family members would appreciate the most.
Put Together Photo Boards
Memorial services are always nicer when there are lots of pictures and memories of your loved one. They may not have put something like that together themselves, but you certainly can now. Looking through those pictures can help you go over the memories and remind you of all of the good times. It can be a nice way for you to honor your loved one and get some of the grief out at the same time.
Be In Favor Of The Cremation
Your loved one wanted cremation so your family will have to go along with the plans, but not everyone may be completely on board with the idea if they prefer traditional services. If you hear any comments or know some people are opposed, being in favor of the cremation and supporting your loved one’s decision is something that would mean a great deal to them. After all, the services surround them and revolve around what they wanted. Even if you didn’t arrange them, you can still support them.
If your loved one chose cremation services in Chicago, IL and laid out the plans in advance, there might not be as much you can do for them once they pass on. However, you can still reach out to family, spend time together, talk things through, share memories, and much more. The professionals at Chicagoland Cremation Options are here to help if you want to plan your own services, or if you have a loved one who passed on and did not leave service plans behind. We also have grief resources for those who need help moving ahead once their loved one’s services are behind them.