How to Choose a Final Outfit

Published: August 15, 2022
by Paul R. Young Funeral Home

funeral homes in Mount Healthy, OH

When you start thinking about the funerary arrangements that you want for your loved one, it is crucial to consider the final outfit you choose for the person. You need to be certain that you know what your loved one would have wanted. There are some tips that can help you make this choice a bit more easily. Directors of funeral homes in Mount Healthy, OH will want you to think about some things before you make the choice.


1. Think about their preferences


Think about their preferences


You want to think about the preferences they had when it came to the outfits they wore. Did they like getting dressed up for special occasions? If they did, you may want to consider a fancier outfit for them. If they preferred to dress casually, on the other hand, you want to keep that in mind, too. Think about the color preferences they had. If they had a favorite color, you may want to include it in the outfit you choose. The fabrics can also have an impact, so do take some time to think about what fabrics your loved one would have liked to wear.


2. Consider their religion.



If your loved one belonged to a religion or culture that has specific requirements for burial or cremation, you want to be sure you know what they are. Some cultures have specific colors associated with death, while many religions prefer more modest clothing. If you are not sure about all of this, you will want to reach out to experts. Another thing to remember is that in the same way that everyone grieves differently, the process that grief takes over time can be different for everyone.


3. Consider their favorite jewelry.



If your loved one had a particular piece of jewelry they loved to wear or a favorite scarf, you can add that to the outfit, as well. Remember that the outfit should represent who your loved one was. By making it exactly what they would have chosen to wear, you are honoring their memory.


For cremations, there are some restrictions you want to know about when choosing a final outfit. Metal is not allowed, so avoid jewelry, belts, and even glasses. Leather and latex can also be a concern, so do not choose that for their final outfit. Sometimes, people choose biodegradable options like cotton and linen, and others prefer to have their loved ones wrapped in a sheet or even go through the cremation nude. You want to reach out to the provider to ask about the restrictions they may have.



When getting ready to choose the kind of final outfit you want your loved one to wear, it can be a good idea to consider all of these things. You want to respect their preferences as well as any religious or cultural affiliations they may have had. It is always a good idea to ask the experts about any special considerations you may have to have if your loved one will be cremated.

If you want to know more about any of this, you can reach out to a Mount Healthy, funeral home like us. We have years of experience helping people lay their loved ones to rest, so do reach out to us for help. Give us a call right now or visit us at one of our locations today to learn more about what we offer.

 
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