An Unforgettable Memorial Takes Planning
In life, we plan for many things—
vacations, retirement, our
children’s education. Shouldn’t
we also plan final arrangements?
Planning a life’s celebration.
While it can be difficult to talk
about, making funeral, cremation
or cemetery arrangements in
advance, it can be a true gift to
your family and bring you real
peace of mind in knowing that
you’ve taken care of an important
responsibility. By making your
arrangements in advance, you
can plan a service or memorial of
your choosing, whether it means
special music and flowers or a
grandiose catered event with a
string quartet, it’s all up to you.
Choose a funeral home that will
assist you creating a celebration
to reflect your personality and
passions. The result can be a
beautiful and memorable event
that allows family and friends
to say good-bye in a unique way,
knowing that they have carried
out a loved one’s wishes.

Making your wishes known.
Plan everything in advance—
and in detail—with the help of
a professional. One of the most
difficult things many families
face is not being prepared for the
loss of a loved one. The surviving
family members are forced to
create a plan while they mourn,
which can make an emotional
situation worse. There are over
a hundred questions that need
to be answered before a funeral
can take place. That can be a lot
to think about when you should
be focused on coming together
as a family. A plan can help your
loved ones to better cope with the
loss, allowing them to focus on
what’s most important. You can
feel comfortable in knowing that
your personal wishes are known.
Personalized touches
Planning ahead also gives you
the opportunity to highlight
specific passions or hobbies in
your tribute. If you’re passionate
about the ocean, consider a

seaside tribute complete with
nautical décor and pathways
made of sand. If you love football,
a tailgate memorial may be the
perfect way to bring the whole
crew together. If gardening is
something you love, consider an
outdoor service resplendent with
flowers—perhaps a beautiful
floral trellis for guests to walk
through. From simple details to a
more elaborate affair, the funeral
provider you choose should help
you weave the essence of your
life throughout all aspects of a
However you choose to be
remembered, record your wishes
and share them with the funeral
home of your choice—and your
loved ones. That way, you’ll have
peace of mind in knowing that
your final wishes are known and
may be carried out just as you
Starting the conversation
So where do you start? Begin
with the basics. Visualize how

you would like to be remembered.
Prepare now, when you can
calmly and thoughtfully consider
what is important to you. One
way to make the discussion less
difficult is to approach the topic
as a means of everyone being
prepared in advance. Set aside a
time when your family can gather
in a comfortable setting, and
allow your loved ones to share
their thoughts about your plans.
To help ease the discussion with
your family, Dignity Memorial®
funeral, cremation and cemetery
providers offer a free Personal
Planning Guide, a valuable
planning tool where you can
record and organize your final
wishes. In it, you’ll find many
questions that you and your
family may not have considered
and that can help to prompt a real
conversation about your options.
Request a free planning guide
and to learn more
call 979-823-8125 or visit

Erin C Giese
Funeral Director

Memorial Funeral Chapel Bryan and College Station

Rebecca Diane
General Manager

1515 S College Ave, Bryan, TX 7780 * 979-823-8125 • 2901 Texas Ave South, College Station, TX * 979-694-8615

PO BOX 3032, BRYAN, TX 77802


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