Episode #131 – Using Family Records and Family History to Incorporate into a Funeral Service


valerie martellDo you ever wonder what family history gets lost when a person passes away? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to keep a record of those memories? There are tasteful, heartfelt ways to incorporate these things in funeral and memorial services.

Technology makes it easier than ever to record a family’s legacy. Can you see how this information might add a unique, personal touch to the celebration of someone’s life?

If you want to know more about using family records in funeral services, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services about incorporating the information.

All too often, we only see extended family members at major life events, like funerals. This episode is a chance to learn how to use family records to make the service more meaningful.

The Importance of Keeping Family Records

The episode kicks off with Valerie explaining why it’s important to keep records about a family’s history.

Then Valerie goes on to discuss how geographic location can make a difference, not only in gathering your family’s history but also celebrating the life of a loved one lost.

Going to the cemetery can give a good idea of a family’s history. Can you imagine how difficult it is to maintain that tradition with families spread to all the corners of a globe?

How to Research and Maintain Family Records

Next Valerie lists some of the ways a family can research and maintain a record of their history. Some of the questions she answers include:

  • How can the internet help me record my family’s ancestral history?
  • How can I make a record of a family member who shares their memories?
  • How can local agencies help me compile records about my family?

Now ask yourself these two things: Do I want a way to reconnect with my family before it’s too late? Is family history something I want to pre-plan into my own funeral wishes? If you answered “Yes” to either or both of these questions, then contact Martin Brothers for assistance.

Using Family Records in Funeral Services

Then Valerie uses her industry knowledge to explain how someone might incorporate family memories into their funeral or memorial service at the funeral chapel or in another venue.

Valerie also shares some practical ways to create heartfelt displays that families can use to share their historic records without risking damage to the original documents.

These types of displays are not only a wonderful way to connect with family members, but they also make a touching keepsake long after the memorial or funeral service concludes.

The episode concludes with Valerie disclosing her final thoughts about using family records in funeral services.

Could You Use More Information to Share with Your Loved Ones?

Are historic records important to your family? Do you want more information about sharing them with others via a display during a funeral or memorial service? After you listen to the episode, share your comments, questions, and keepsake ideas below. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Martin Brothers Funeral Services has more than 100 years of experience in providing thoughtful, dedicated services to families dealing with loss. If you are ready to take care of funeral pre-arrangements, have additional questions about their services, or are dealing with a loss, please contact them at their Vancouver office.

Martin Brothers Funeral Services

Vancouver: Funeral Services Centre
3398 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 2C1

Telephone Number: 778.330.7799
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Martin Brothers Funeral Services provides caring, dedicated and thoughtful service to families dealing with the loss of a loved one. We have four generations of funeral services experience and are here to guide you through all of the details, large and small, and always take the time to understand what is important to you and your family in your time of need. We have over 100 years of experience in funeral services and we are a funeral home in Vancouver who gives you affordable funeral services, funeral pre planning, cremation and burial services. We will make sure all of yours and your family's needs are met, and will be a guide in your time of need to ensure that your loved one lost is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Martin Brothers is here in your time of need, call today.

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