|Willie Mae Smith
Branon Funeral Home
403 North Austin Avenue
Lamesa, TX 79331
A funeral is deeply personal, and we make every effort to assist families in creating a personalized tribute for their loved one. A service may be personalized in many ways including decorative memory tables with memorabilia and treasured belongings, picture boards with a history of family photos, special songs, Scriptures, poems, readings, and much more. Everything from the casket to the flowers can be a reflection of the lost loved one's preferences and personality.
Funeral traditions have held a place in our lives since the beginning of civilization. When death occurs, we have a universal need to acknowledge the life lived and recognize how our lives have been affected. Today, we demonstrate our love for someone we have lost through ceremony and a public expression of grief, that is, the funeral service. Each aspect of the traditional funeral has developed over time to help us find comfort and support from loved ones and to help our wounded hearts begin to heal:
The Visitation gathers family and friends in one place and helps loved ones process emotions together, spend time with the body, acknowledge the reality of the death, and offer support and comfort to one another.
The Funeral Service creates an opportunity to face grief and experience the full range of emotion connected with the loss. The service also allows the life of the loved one to be honored and remembered and helps loved ones find meaning in the loss through a hopeful and comforting message.
The Procession provides a visual picture of support as friends, neighbors and loved ones journey together to the final resting place. A symbol such as the procession often speaks louder than words.
The Committal offers family and friends the opportunity to say their last goodbyes. A few words are spoken and the family experiences a sense of closure as the body is lovingly laid to rest.
The Gathering celebrates a life well-lived. Fellowship, food, and storytelling continue to comfort the family. Sorrow and mourning will slowly give way to quiet reassurance that life continues to unfold even in the face of death.
The purpose of every aspect of the funeral is to help families begin to heal after experiencing loss. A funeral allows friends and family to be there, to comfort one another, and activate the necessary support system that will help the family get through the next few weeks and months.
We offer many options for those who choose cremation. We encourage families to consider the healing purpose of a funeral. Grief experts agree that cremation or burial without services can have emotional and psychological repercussions for family members, especially if they never have the opportunity to see the body.
That being said, cremation services need be no different than services ending in burial. The means of disposition is different, but the needs of the family to find closure and healing are the same. We offer several package options for cremation including traditional services ending in cremation, cremation with memorial services at a later date, and private family services followed by cremation. A funeral director can consult with the family and help them determine which option is best for each individual situation.
Following the funeral or memorial service, it is significant to memorialize a loved one with a permanent grave marker or monument. This way, survivors have a physical place to come and visit a lost loved one for years to come. With cremation, this may be a memorial plaque where the remains were scattered, a burial site or a niche in a columbarium. Our staff can assist families in finding a memorialization option that suits their needs.