Cremation services in Elton, PA can take all different shapes and forms. If you attend a cremation service and there’s an open time where anyone who wants to can share a memory or story, you might want to stand up and say something. Here are some tips to help you figure out what to say, how to say it, and whether or not you want to speak at all.
Don’t Feel Pressured
Just because others are standing up and sharing with ease doesn’t mean you have to. You should only do what you feel comfortable with. It’s possible that you prefer to talk things out with just one person or maybe you like to write in a journal. You may be too emotional to speak. All of those things are okay. You have the opportunity, but you don’t have to take it.
Think Through Your Speech
If you know there’s going to be a time to share a story, you don’t have to do so off the cuff. Think about it in advance, decide what story you want to share or what memory you are going to illustrate. Practice it and think about what parts to include and how to say certain things so you can make your time in front of the others as strong as possible.
Speak Clearly And Slowly
When people get nervous, it makes sense that they start talking faster so they don’t have to spend any more time than necessary in front of the crowd. You want your story to be heard well, though, so try to speak both clearly and slowly so everyone can hear and understand you. If you don’t and they don’t catch on to what you’re saying, it’s a loss.
Remember The Honor
Even if your story isn’t the funniest, the most touching, or the highlight of the day, stepping up to the challenge and honoring your loved one in that way can mean a lot to the family and even to you. You know you did your best to bring something special to the day and if your loved one were here, they would be proud of your efforts. It’s all about giving what you can to their service and to the process as a whole.
If you are about to attend cremation services in Elton, PA for a loved one and you know you will have the chance to share a story in front of the group, you might even want to write it down so you don’t forget what you want to say. The professionals at Simple Alternatives Funeral Home & Crematory have seen lots of different types of memorial services and we’re here to help you brainstorm what types of stories would fit in the best to the type of cremation service you are going to attend. We want to support you and your whole family through this difficult time with the compassion you need to get through it and into a new normal.