First and foremost, if you are looking at this page because you have lost a loved one, we want to express our sincere condolences for your loss and our hope for your tender consolation in time.  May you have the strength to cope with each day, each moment, each challenge. May your heart find peace in tranquil moments of beauty.  May you be blessed with pleasant memories that bring you smiles even through the tears, and the support of dear and loving friends to help you through this painful time.  And may you find true hope to light up your eyes once more, and light your future's path.

Losing a loved one in death is one of the most difficult things we must experience. And, naturally, funerals and memorials are never easy, but they provide a very important opportunity for our family and friends to come together to grieve, to reflect, to love, honor, and remember both the individual who has died and our fellow family members who grieve with us, to encourage and support each other, to reassure one another of our love, admiration, appreciation, understanding, loyalty, forgiveness, and commitment, to see old friends and family members long unseen, to comfort and to cry, to reminisce and to laugh, to celebrate the life of one who's touched our own, the life of one we love and who loved us.  This occasion, though it may come with tears, can also bring a measure of healing and peace. We sincerely hope it will be just that for you. To share our grief is to soften it a little, and to comfort others as we mourn can bring comfort even to ourselves. To reflect and remember is to honor both our loved one who has died, and our own human spirit.

"The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation
through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Through our own losses something that was especially important to us was to make the memorial occasion beautiful and meaningful, and to create a peaceful and soothing atmosphere of tranquility. For our own friends and family we have used some of the ideas below, and offer these options to you.

Decor - Arches, Canopies, Backdrops, Pillars, Flowers, Etc
Any of our structures, such as an arch or canopy can be used to enhance the stage or podium area for the speaker, or you can use any combination of our pillars, with or without draping, or a curtained backdrop to do the same. The shorter pillars can be used as stands for flowers, candles, or photos, and we have large flower urns that go well with these. Any of these items could also be used to provide a lovely framed setting or backdrop for a photo or memorabilia table, the serving table at the memorial reception, or for the casket.  You may click the link to the Memorial Gallery below, but we also encourage you to look through the other pictures on our site to see the various arches, canopies, pillars, and accessories we have to get some ideas and see what fits your vision for this memorial occasion.

Photo & Memorabilia Table
Some choose to have a photo and memorabilia table to display certain items that were special to the individual or that remind you of them or of the special times you shared together, such as photos, art, crafts, poetry or personal letters by the individual, cards from others given to the individual, special items of clothing or accessories, a favorite book, a beloved childhood toy or trinket, keepsakes, awards, or other items that reflect their hobbies, interests, and accomplishments. We will be happy to help you create a personalized memorabilia table to commemorate your loved one. Going through this process can also provide special opportunities to recall fond memories, remember cherished moments, and recognize your loved one's accomplishments. It can also be a bonding experience to select and sort through these things along with family members or dear friends. And just a note, don't be afraid - if you find that doing this brings up tears, let them flow.  This is a painful time, it is only natural, and it is actually good for you. It is vitally important that we allow ourselves and others the time and thoughtful space to grieve, and it honors the one whom we've lost.  So, please, be patient and compassionate with yourself (and others too). And may you find warmth and solace for your sorrow.

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears."*





* "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears." The author of this quote is somewhat in question. It is purported to be a Native American proverb as well as a quote from American poet, John Vance Cheney, from: The Century Col. 44, Issue 4 (August 1892). In the latter, the quote reads: "The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears."



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