We invite you to explore the many unique ways to celebrate and honor a life.
Whether you choose burial or cremation, having a service to honor life, and a permanent place to visit remains, is an essential part of the healing process. We’ll educate you on the traditional and nontraditional inclusions in these ceremonies—and help you design an observance that’s as unique as the life it’s about.
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Designing your Funeral
There are two aspects of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.
How to Honor a Life
The first thing to consider is how you want to honor the life of your loved one. Many people come together for visitations, memorial services, family gatherings, and funeral services in order to celebrate the life loved. Being near your family and friends can be very healing.
At Harrell Funeral Home we are here to serve you. We will sit down with you and plan exactly what fits your needs the best. There are many different ways to honor life. It could involve a private family viewing, a traditional visitation, memorial service, a catered reception for the family, an intimate gathering of friends, a worship ceremony, traditional or contemporary funeral services. You can choose the day of the week for the service, the time, the staff, music, etc. We love to personalize funerals and want your service to honor the life that is being celebrated and loved.
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.
Designing Your Memorial
There are few decisions in life as personal as deciding where you wish to be permanently memorialized. After all, it is a decision that extends into the lifetimes of your children and grandchildren – where do you wish them to go to honor your memory?
Ground BurialDeciding on the type of memorial property is a very personal decision. There are many different Memorial Parks and Cemetarys in Austin that provide settings where meditation, reflection, remembrance, and healing can take place. Harrell Funeral Home will be glad to help you find a resting place for your loved one.
Mausoleums allow for above ground entombment in either community buildings or specially designed family structures. At one time the advantages of mausoleum entombment were available only to royalty, the famed or the very wealthy. Well-known mausoleums include the Taj Mahal, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Egyptian Pyramids. Mausoleum property is now affordable to most everyone.
Cremation OptionsAfter the cremation occurs, Harrell Funeral Home will return the remains to the family. Family's have a choice of whether they want to keep the remains, scatter the remains, or bury the remains. Harrell Funeral Home has a wide array of urns in which to choose to store and display them. Family's also might prefer a piece of jewelry to keep their loved one close to them at all times. Another option is to place the remains in a cremation niche at a mausoleum. It really is a personal preference.
Create a Meaningful Ceremony
Once you've explored some possibilities, we will help you design a personalized service that is special to you. There's no option that's too grand or too unique. We want to make your wishes a reality. Every individual should be celebrated in a distinctive way that honors the life we are serving.