Greenwood Funeral Home
Making Arrangements
The Arrangement Conference
Planning a Fitting Funeral
The arrangement conference is a meeting between you and the funeral director where you make funeral plans for the deceased. Every family’s needs are different, and we carefully listen to each family and help them plan a personalized funeral that best suits their family’s wishes. We’ll help you understand your options, show you what's possible, and most importantly, make sure there are no surprises.

The arrangement conference serves three primary purposes:
  • Sharing information needed to handle essential paperwork such as the death certificate, obituary, and insurance matters.
  • Making personal decisions regarding how you want to remember the person who has died.
  • Deciding on a funeral service and burial option that is fitting for you and your family.
Celebrating a Life
Personalized & Meaningful Funeral Services
There is no right or wrong way to celebrate a life. It’s a very personal choice. We encourage you to plan a personalized and meaningful funeral that puts the emphasis on the life of the person who has died. Your options are almost limitless, and we do our best to accommodate every request. Reflecting the Life of Someone Who Has Died Take some time to think about the qualities that reflect the life of the person who has died, and how they might like to be remembered. What are their hobbies and passions; their favorite music? What honors and awards have they received? Are they sports enthusiasts, game players, volunteers, gardeners? Reach out to family and friends for stories and meaningful moments to share.

Ways you can Personalize a Funeral
We listen, suggest, organize and help you create a ceremony that is as unique as the person whose life you are celebrating. And personalizing a funeral doesn’t have to involve great expense.

Here are a few ideas that you may find helpful:
  • Gather photographs that represent the life of the person who has died and mount them on a memory board or display them in frames.
  • Display item’s that reflect the hobbies, activities, career and passions of the person who has died such as golf clubs, quilts, awards and honors, or favorite books.
  • Make a CD of their favorite music to play during the service, or arrange for musicians to perform favorite songs.
  • Choose flowers that have meaning to the person who died.
  • Invite family and friends to share stories, memories, and don’t be afraid to encourage laughter.
  • Invite family and friends to participate in special ceremonies such as a candle lighting, or dove release.
  • Plan a reception following the service to allow friends and family to gather and remember the deceased in a less formal atmosphere, and serve your loved one’s favorite foods.

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