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Funeral Planning

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

Funeral Planning Help

When planning a funeral the purpose is to give meaning to that person’s life and it is an opportunity for friends and family to gather and remember the deceased. Funeral planning is an extremely emotional process especially if death comes unexpectedly. There are financial matters and legal matters to consider that can be hard to cope with while you are coping emotionally. Many individuals prefer to plan their own funeral if they are facing illness or are elderly.

Below we provide a list of funeral arrangements that must be addressed when planning a funeral or memorial service.

Step 1: If at all possible, plan ahead. This of course can only be done for those funerals that are expected due to illness or if you are planning your own funeral services. It is harder to make important decisions when you are also grieving the loss of a loved one. You can also save money and plan your own funeral to help relieve the burden that can be imposed on those relatives and friends left behind.

Step 2: Cover the Cost. If you are planning your own funeral in advance, you can set up a POD account. This stands for payable-on-death and you assign a beneficiary to handle the funeral planning and financial arrangements. Again, this is an option for the elderly or for those faced with illness and it is way to relieve financial burden on family members.

Step 3: Document your Wishes. Many people opt to document their wishes and file it at home so that it is easily accessible to a loved with whom they expect to carry out their wishes. This ensures that your wishes are carried out and helps family to feel good about the decisions made with regards to your service. Don’t keep it locked away or in a safe deposit box. This can make it difficult to access by family members and can be timely.

Step 4: Decide on a Funeral Director. You can contact various funeral directors in your area to compare services and prices when funeral planning. You should also discuss any cultural or religious preferences that should be a part of the service. They typically direct you to a minister that can perform the funeral or memorial service as well, if you haven’t already selected one.

Step 5: Flowers or Donations in Lieu. Decide whether or not donations should be made to a charity in lieu of flowers. This request can either be by word of mouth or can be requested in the obituary. Ensure that instructions are included on where to send the donations when funeral planning.

Step 6: Remains of the Deceased. The decision of what should be done with the deceased’s remains must be addressed. There are three main options including burial, entombment, and cremation.

Step 7: Tailor the service. This last step is very important when funeral planning and will set the overall tone for the memorial service. The funeral should be tailored so that it is fitting for the person who is deceased. Some prefer a non-conventional service that celebrates the life of the deceased, while others may prefer a more traditional funeral that is more conservative and focuses more on saying goodbye. There is no right or wrong answer when planning this part of the service.

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please call Minister Services today at 713-208-2025; Let us walk you through this difficult time in your life. Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information such as how to write a eulogy.


Baby Blessing

Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

Baby Blessing Ceremony

More and more parents are opting to perform a baby blessing ceremony or naming ceremony in place of the more traditional baptism or baby christening ceremonies. More and more couples are of different religious backgrounds and are blending families, and less have ties to a particular church. As a result, many families opt to tailor their religious ceremonies to reflect their own personal beliefs.

These new types of baptismal ceremonies are becoming more and more popular as more families choose to create ceremonies that make sense to them spiritually and on a more personal level. There is also a rise in interfaith ministers who help to perform such ceremonies whether it is for baptism purposes, or for wedding ceremonies, and also funeral services. Many feel that this is due to the rise of secularism as more Americans consider themselves unaffiliated with religious traditions however they still keep faith in their personal religious beliefs and practices. While some feel that Americans are abandoning traditions of faith entirely, others feel that more and more families are instead blending traditions of faith instead as demonstrated in the baby blessing ceremony and other religious ceremonies.

Below are some ideas that many parents have incorporated into their own ceremonies for the blessing of their child.

  • Plant a tree to represent the spiritual and physical growth of your child
  • Have a guest book for all guests to sign and to leave a personal message for your child to read when he or she is older.
  • Ask special friends and/or relatives to write a special letter to the child to be opened on a special occasion such as their wedding day, graduation, important birthday milestone, etc.
  • Parents will sometimes baptize the child themselves with the help and guidance of the officiant conducting the baby blessing ceremony.
  • Light a candle to symbolize the light that will direct your child throughout his or her life’s journey
  • Parents will sometimes ask for guests to bring a gift for the baby, such as a lesson, poem, song, or prayer. Guests can be told to be as creative as they would like with their gift.
  • Parents will give their child a gift such as a pendent, bracelet or other type of jewelry.
  • The parents and siblings are blessed in addition to the baby and they confirm their responsibilities to the child.

The great thing about this type of ceremony is that parents, relatives and siblings can get as creative as they would like in creating a ceremony that is meaningful to them. Please contact us for a complimentary phone consultation and let’s discuss your requirements and the type of ceremony you wish to have.

Please allow Houston Minister Services to create a baby christening ceremony that you and your family will cherish forever. Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information.

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Wedding Flowers

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

Wedding Flowers Tips for Your Wedding Day

The flowers that you choose for your wedding day will be one of the most important decisions that you make. After all, the flowers provide the color and overall feel to your wedding ceremony and reception. Take the time to select wedding flowers that will make your ceremony beautiful and that will complement the attire of your wedding party and overall color scheme.

When deciding on a florist, you should book one pretty quickly. Take your time to select a florist however you must be sure that you book at least 9 months to a year in advance if you can. You should also consider the time of year that you are getting married. This will affect the budget that you have set aside for your flowers. If you buy flowers that are out of season this will enhance the cost.

Decide on a color scheme when selecting your wedding flowers. The flowers should complement the wedding party attire and should go with the overall theme of your wedding. If you are having a beach wedding, perhaps you will go with a more exotic flower such as the orchid as well as more vibrant colored flowers. If you are having a formal indoor event, and the bridesmaid’s dresses are a darker color, perhaps you should go with a white or ivory rose. These are important things to think about when planning wedding ceremonies and receptions. Not sure where to start? You can always take pictures of your wedding dress, the wedding party attire, or pictures of flowers, or bouquets that you find online. Your florist should be able to help you come up with several options that will work for you.

Another thing to consider is the fragrance of your flowers. You want to be sure that your bouquet isn’t too fragrant so that you are not fighting sneezing and watery eyes as you walk down the aisle!

Wedding Flowers Checklist

Wedding party

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Maid of honor’s bouquet
  • Flower girl’s bouquet, rose petals for basket, and or head piece
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Groomsmen’s boutonniere
  • Ring bearer’s boutonniere
  • Mother of the Bride’s corsage or nosegay
  • Mother of the Groom’s corsage or nosegay
  • Father of the Bride’s boutonniere
  • Father of the Groom’s boutonniere
  • Grandmother’s corsages
  • Grandfather’s corsages
  • Honorary guests corsages

Wedding Ceremony

  • Altar arrangements
  • Pew or chair arrangements
  • Entry way arrangements
  • Candles, sand ceremony table arrangement
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Wedding Reception

  • Welcome table flower arrangements
  • Entryway arrangements
  • Centerpieces
  • Bar arrangements
  • Buffet table arrangements
  • Food station arrangements
  • Cake table arrangements

When planning a wedding there are so many wedding ideas and different ceremony options that it can be overwhelming, especially when selecting your wedding flowers. Continue to read the Minister Services blog and please contact us if you are in need of a wedding officiant to conduct your wedding ceremony.

You can also call us at 713-208-2025. We would appreciate the chance to speak with you regarding your needs.

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