Planning a funeral is a difficult and scary time for anyone. Even more so for a family who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Regardless of how much you may love and care for the person being honored at the funeral, having to deal with the arrangements can be overwhelming.
When your loved one is serving or has served in the military, it can be even harder. As such, it’s especially important to remember that these are ordeals that families and other service members will never forget hence why they deserve to be remembered.
So how do you ensure that your loved one’s funeral reflects their true self? This article will discuss some of the ways you can honor the memory of a loved one who wore the uniform as you go about planning a military funeral.
The U.S. military is known for its devotion to duty and honor to their country and as such, use purple caskets as a way to remember and respect the departed service members who received purple hearts during their time with the army.
For this reason, buying a purple casket can serve as a special way of giving the deceased the send-off they deserve. If you can’t find any purple caskets close to you, you may want to buy online from a reputable vendor like Titan Casket.
They have plenty of options in stock and even if you don’t find something that ticks your boxes, you can also choose to custom-design one.
The United States Military offers military funerals to active duty and retired service members as well as eligible veterans. The family of the deceased will typically work with a funeral director in order to plan a military funeral for their loved one.
The first step will be to find out whether your loved one qualifies for a military funeral. Eligible veterans include those who served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. Veterans with certain medical discharges may also be eligible depending on the circumstances of their discharge.
If you’re planning a military funeral, you’ll need to inform the Veterans Benefits Administration when your loved one passes away. They’ll need to know where the veteran died, so they can deliver the casket and arrange transport to your desired location.
If you’re using a national cemetery or private cemetery plot reserved for veterans, this will be straightforward. If you want something different, like an in-home funeral or cremation without burial, there may be additional costs involved for transportation and other services.
There’s nothing more honorable than a ‘communal’ resting place for people who served in the military. The National Cemetery Administration maintains 136 national cemeteries in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. The Veterans Affairs website has a listing of all national cemeteries.
Cremation remains can be buried in a national cemetery as well as traditional instruments. In many cases, cremated remains are buried with a memorial or flat marker for the deceased veteran. The Department of Defense also operates 14 military cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery. There may be restrictions on burial in these cemeteries depending on the branch and rank of service, years of service and other factors. Cremated remains can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but only for veterans who died on active duty after May 13, 1941 or their spouses and minor children.