Designing Your Funeral

There are 2 parts of the design process. First, Dugan Kramer will make sure to celebrate and honor the life. When those key important decisions are made, we'll turn to the issue of how you want to care for the physical remains. 

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how do you honor a life?

It's about bringing those your family and friends together, during a time of loss. It is the normal thing to do, and time over, has become a normal practice. More importantly, a memorial service or funeral service, whether contemporary or traditional, is the first step in healing. 

You can have the service anywhere and anyway you want it. Your choices include the place, day, and time day. You can also select the music, prayers and specify which songs you want sung. We can also arrange balloons, doves, and even butterflies at the end of a service. Dugan Kramer is here to help you to create a meaningful service so you can honor your loved one in the best way. 


Burial or Cremation?

Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.

Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.

If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.

In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.

What's Next?

Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of their feelings and desires.

Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (308) 632-4101.