After cremations services, you might consider making a memorial donation in the name of the person who died, even if the family did not ask for memorial donations in their loved one’s obituary.
Memorial donations are a way to honor the memory of someone who died, and there are many options you can choose from. If the family has requested memorial donations to certain organizations, then you should choose one of those organizations to donate to.
If no organizations are listed, then you can make memorial donations to organizations that you know the deceased person supported, was involved with, or would have been involved with.
For example, if the deceased person supported a particular charitable organization that provided medical care to children or pets, then you could make a memorial donation to that organization.
If the deceased person was involved with a local or national volunteer agency or an academic scholarship program, it would mean a lot to their family if you made a memorial donation in their loved one’s name.
Often, when people die, they have a specific disease or illness that led to their death. That may be heart disease, diabetes, or kidney, among others. There are national organizations that provide support and do research for these diseases. Your memorial donation in the name of the person who died will help fund the efforts of these organizations to offer support and do further research.
For people who have died of cancer or whose death was related to dementia, you should try to make a memorial donation to the charitable organization for the specific kind of cancer or dementia the deceased person had.
For instance, if the decease person died from leiomyosarcoma (a rare and aggressive kind of tissue cancer), then you would want to make a donation to a charitable organization that provides support and does research on leiomyosarcoma.
The same is true for dementia-related deaths. Not all people who have dementia, for instance, has Alzheimer’s disease. Some have Lewy Body dementia or frontotemporal lobe dementia. Others have rare forms of dementia like corticobasal degeneration or progressive supranuclear palsy. Therefore, if possible, you should make a memorial donation to an organization that supports and researches that specific type of dementia.
Another way to make memorial donations in the name of someone who has died is by making a donation to the hospice agency that helped them in their last dies or, if they were an organ donor, to the organ donation agency that facilitated the organ donation process.
You may wonder how much you should give as a memorial donation. The reality is the amount you give is much less important than the fact that you give something in the name of deceased person.
Many charitable organizations are non-profit. What is means is that the organization does not exist to make money, but instead to provide help and do whatever they can in the area they specialize in.
Therefore, if you can give more, you should. But, if you can contribute only a small amount, every little bit helps.
Making a memorial contribution in the name of someone who has died will do two things. It will help an organization provide their services and it will let the family of the deceased person know that you cared enough about their loved one to donate to something that mattered in their lives.
If you need information on cremations services we offer, you can depend on our compassionate and experienced team at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home to help you.