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Funeral Wake

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

You will often see the announcement of a funeral wake for someone who has passed away in their obituary.  It is very common for a wake to be held two days prior to the funeral services in order to provide loves ones with a chance to say goodbye and to gather together for support. The wake will either be open casket where loved ones can actually touch and speak directly to the deceased, or it is closed casket.

The wake is seen as a time for loved ones to gain a sense of closure and it can either be a private or a public ceremony. This information along with other information regarding the funeral arrangements is typically provided in the obituary as well. It helps to set the expectations required of the deceased’s family and it keeps people from contacting the funeral home to find out the details.

Many are using the wake as a time to celebrate the life of a loved one as they would during a memorial service. More and more funerals are customized these days in a way that is more reflective of the deceased’s life and wishes. Regardless of the type of service that is conducted for the funeral wake, attendants are present to offer support and to honor the deceased.

Guests will typically sign a registry book as they arrive which includes their names and address. This is for the family members who may wish to send a thank you note. People will also send flower arrangements as well to the wake in addition to the actual funeral. The immediate family of the deceased will spend the majority of their time by the casket whether it is open or closed. The final viewing of the body is seen as a sign of respect, although it is not mandatory to view the body. Many feel however that it is expected if you attend the funeral wake.

If you have small children with you, keep in mind that some may be frightened while others may not. Talk with them beforehand to get a feel for how they may react, but don’t assume that they shouldn’t participate in the viewing. Depending upon their age, this may be an important time for closure for the children as well.

If you find yourself in need of a minister please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation. Together we can find the right words to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Please allow Minister Services to walk you through this difficult time in your life. You may also view other articles in our Minister Services blog for more helpful information.

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Baby Dedication

Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

Bringing a new life into the world is a forever life changing experience and one that has no comparison. Many families choose to conduct a baby dedication or baptism as a way to make a commitment before friends, family, and God to raise their child according to God’s word. There are various ceremonies that can be conducted including a baby christening, a naming ceremony and a baby blessing ceremony. Whatever the type of ceremony, it is one that will forever be cherished and marks a special time in a child’s life.

A baby dedication is a ceremony where parents and other family members commit to submit a child to God’s will and to raise the child according to God’s ways. This type of ceremony is viewed differently than a baptismal or christening ceremony. This dedication is a commitment made by the parents until the child can make the decision on his or her own accord. A baptism is seen as the practice that washes away original sin, and makes the baby a part of God’s family. Baptisms are offered by many religions as a way to relieve the fears of parents. Some parents feel better knowing that their child is baptized although there are mixed feelings and emotions surrounding this issue. A baby dedication has become a way to conduct religious ceremonies in a way that accommodates most views.

Some of the responsibilities involved with this type of ceremony include training and teaching the child God’s word in a way that demonstrates examples of godliness. It also involves the disciplining of a child according to God’s way as well as praying for the child. The ceremony is typically quite simple and the minister asks the parents about their intent and then follows with a prayer. The parents can also write their own personal vows, or the minister can ask the parents to repeat specific vows.

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 dedication ceremony that you and your family will cherish forever. Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information and read the about us section of our site as well.

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Renewing Vows

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

There are many reasons why couples decide to renew their vows. Renewing vows is a great way for couples to reaffirm their love for one another whether on an important anniversary or for other reasons. Perhaps the couple has overcome a serious illness, estrangement, or they have reached an important milestone in their life. Whatever the reason is, there is some planning to do that is similar to wedding day planning but it is typically not quite as involved.

In today’s article we discuss some ceremony options that many couples choose that they may have incorporated into their original wedding ceremony, or some options that may be new ideas for renewing vows.

Attire – Some brides will wear their original wedding dress or some choose something new whether it is a formal dress, cocktail dress, or a nice suit. This will of course depend upon your taste and the formality of the event. Many brides will also carry flowers, similar to the wedding flowers from their original wedding day, or something completely different. Grooms wear the typical suit or tuxedo, again depending on the formality of the event, and they may wear the cuff links from the original wedding day, or another gift from the bride. The groom will also wear a boutonniere typically.

Participants – Many brides and grooms will invite the original wedding party to attend when renewing vows. They may not necessarily participate again by wearing bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire, but they typically attend in celebration. Children and grand children will often participate in various ways. They can escort the bride and groom down the aisle, perform some sort of reading or sing a song. That is really open to whatever the bride and groom decide.

Ceremony – Many couples will talk down the aisle together if they are not escorted by family. They also typically write their own vows to express how they feel about the relationship. It can be a time for the couple to reflect on the lives that they have lived together thus far and a time to share with family and friends. Many brides and grooms will invite the original wedding officiant, depending upon how long ago your wedding day took place! Couples will often buy new wedding bands, or have the old wedding bands engraved with a special quote or message. The ceremony consists of music and readings just as another wedding. Perhaps you choose to have a beach wedding to renew your vows!

When planning on renewing vows there are so many wedding ideas or other options that it can be overwhelming. Continue to read the Minister Services blog and please contact us if you are in need of a wedding officiant to conduct your vow renewal celebration.

You can also call us at 713-208-2025 and read about us and our other services as well. We would appreciate the chance to speak with you regarding your needs.

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