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Funeral Costs

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

If you are in the position of planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one you should be aware that the funeral costs don’t have to be significant. In fact, many families are able to spend under $2,500 for a perfectly memorable and nice service to honor their loved one who has passed. In the past, funerals have traditionally been an expensive endeavor however with the current economic situation many families are simply unable to spend a lot of money. It is important to recognize that while it is okay to spend a significant amount of money on a funeral for your loved one, it is not a requirement and does not indicate the amount of love you hold in your heart for your loved one who has passed.

The funeral home that you chose can provide you with options for a less expensive service, but most of the time you have to ask. In general the funeral costs include a basic service fee, optional services fees, and cash disbursements. The basic services funeral costs includes items such as the use of the funeral home, burial arrangement coordination, securing permits, as well as the services of a funeral director. Optional service funeral costs typically include items such as embalming, times for a funeral wake, transporting the deceased’s body, the use of a hearse, the actual burial container or casket, interment, and cremation. Cash disbursements include items that the funeral home purchases on your behalf and may include items such as flowers, pallbearers, obituary notices, clergy services, and musicians with.

It is important to also know that in the United States, funeral service providers must supply you with a statement of all of the funeral costs for those goods and services that you choose to utilize. If the funeral director does not have an exact price to provide to you, then he or she must provide a written good faith estimate. If the funeral home that you choose does not provide this information to you upfront, then you should seriously consider choosing another one. If you are making funeral arrangements then most likely it is not an easy time for you and the last thing you need at a time like this is any complications.

We are here to assist you in making a memorable tribute in a way that reflects the beliefs, the life and the wishes of your dearly departed. Working together, we customize the celebration of your loved one’s life.

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please call Houston Minister Services today at 713-208-2025.

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Godparents

Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

The Role of Godparents

When a baby is baptized, the parents typically select godparents. The godparents are typically one male and one female and they are usually a practicing member of the faith in which the baby is being baptized into. While most choose two godparents only one is really necessary. The job of the godparents is to take on responsibilities during the actual baby christening ceremony and ensure that the baby will be brought up according to their religious beliefs. 

Additionally the godparents should take a special interest in the child and assist the parents in a supportive way through their child’s upbringing. They are usually close friends or family, have a sincere interest in the baby and have a high moral character that give them the capacity to act as a role model for the child. They also vow to protect the child, support the child , and set an example for the child in their lifestyle according to their religious beliefs.

Godparents came about originally in order to represent babies that cannot make choices or answer questions themselves during their own christening. Now, however, their role is much more. They are spiritual guides and mentors that choose to be there for the child throughout their life. It is not a legal commitment and it does not make you a legal guardian.

The Christian responsibilities include praying for your god child regularly, setting an example by living a good Christian life, helping the child to grown in their faith of God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and to encourage the child to follow Christ and to fight against evil. Additionally, some believe it is the role of the godparents to ensure that their god child attends church regularly, even if that means physically taking their god child themselves! This of course is not a requirement.

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 baptismal or naming 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 Minister

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

The wedding minister that you select to perform your wedding ceremony is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your wedding day. After all, this is the person who will walk you through one of the most important ceremonies of your life. In today’s article we go over discussions that a professional wedding minister should have with every couple in order to ensure their ceremony is a success.

It is recommended that the wedding officiant sit down with both of you in preparation of the ceremony. Not only should he or she become familiar with the each of your personalities, but there is a lot of information that should be discussed. Perhaps the first topic for discussion is where the wedding will be held. This will tell the wedding minister a lot about the big day. Perhaps you are having an informal beach wedding, or maybe an intimate back yard wedding. Additionally, the minister will need to discuss what ceremony readings you will have. This is greatly determined by the nature of the ceremony as it relates to your religions. Some couples opt for a more traditional ceremony whereas others prefer a more customized ceremony more in tune with their personality and culture.

Furthermore, it is important that the wedding minister know how many people will be in the wedding party as well as any other wedding ideas that involve the ceremony. Will you have a unity candle in the ceremony, or will you include a unity sand ceremony? Will there be any special music or anyone speaking during the ceremony other than the officiant? Additionally the minister will need to know if he or she will supply your wedding vows or if you are writing your own vows.

There is a lot more to add to your wedding checklist other than selecting a wedding minister. Things such as the wedding flowers, dresses, table settings, etc. Just be sure that the minister you select has a “template” of sorts for the standard of wedding ceremonies, that he or she is available for a wedding rehearsal, and that your minister is easy to work with. The minister that you select to conduct your wedding ceremony must also be calming, reassuring, speak clearly, and must be confident in his or her delivery.

For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony or if you are in need of a wedding officiant, please contact us at Minister Services. We would be honored to partake in your special day.

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