McInnis & Holloway
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McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
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What if I want a non-traditional funeral?

In today’s diverse society, many people choose a non-traditional service, and there are many alternatives available:

  • A ceremony in a funeral home can include thoughts on life and death, a tribute to the life of the deceased, and special musical selections or poetry readings
  • The person officiating can be a funeral director, or someone close to the deceased or the family
  • Many choose to hold the ceremony in a senior’s lodge, nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • The service can be kept to immediate family, without extending a general invitation
  • Families may choose to have only a graveside memorial ceremony
  • If the ceremony is a small, or by invitation only, a public notice in the newspaper can often help inform friends and colleagues of the person’s passing
  • One alternative is no ceremony at all, called an immediate or direct disposition

When making decisions about a funeral service, remember the service can have great importance for friends and colleagues who wish to show their support or pay last respects.

Not having a funeral can make others believe you don’t wish to see them, and can result in hurt feelings. Experts believe it’s best to hold a public service and let others decide whether to come or not.

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