Pre-arranging a Funeral Service

As many people get older, they plan for life's eventualities: they write living wills, create Power-of-Attorney, save money for emergency health care procedures, and open life insurance policies. Pre-planning one's funeral service should always be considered. This is a free service where you meet with a licensed funeral director to discuss different types of funeral services and make funeral decisions prior to you or your loved one dying. Hope Memorial Chapel is well educated in the use of the Maine Mortuary Trusts to fund your funeral selections. By preplanning and prefunding funeral services, you or your family avoid making decisions during a stressful time, and also allows you to make better educated choices. Maine Mortuary Trusts may offer distinct financial advantages to those entering a nursing home or facing a protracted illness.

Traditional Funeral Service

When we visit a funeral home, we see family traditions that date back generations. Today however, family traditions are slowly changing to better accommodate our busy lifestyles. A traditional funeral service can be many things: an open casket visitation with a church service and burial the following day; an urn surrounded by flowers on a table at the front of the chapel for a memorial service; a graveside service at the cemetery; and many different types of funeral and memorial services in between. We are here to help you plan your family's needs to better celebrate your loved one's life. We have many meaningful options to make your family member's funeral more special and unique.


Cremation is a relatively modern type of service in the western hemisphere. Though cremation has been in our culture for many years, only in the last two or three decades has this type of service become more acceptable. With cremation, you still have the option of a visitation with your loved one's body in a casket, or, alternatively, you may choose to have the cremation prior to a memorial service. We have a large selection of urns you may wish to put the ashes into, and many catalogs to better personalize your selections. Some families choose a simpler service where the body is cremated and there are no public services. There are so many options that we could not possibly list them all in a book, let alone a small paragraph.

Ways We Remember: Keepsakes and Mementos

When we've suffered a loss, whether a family member or a friend, we look for items that will remind us of our loved one. We have a tasteful selection of customizable prayer cards, keepsakes and mementos that you may wish to keep for yourself or give to your family and friends as a token remembrance. In addition, we stock laminated bookmarks that can include your loved one's name and photo, to place in the family Bible or photo album to help remember such an important milestone. Please do not hesitate in asking about different ways you may wish to further pay tribute to your departed, or ask about your own ideas.


We are able to offer a wide range of customizable upright monuments and flush, ground markers in an array of different types of granite to provide a lasting tribute to your deceased loved one. Or if you wish, you can plan your monument before a death occurs to better relieve the burden on your family. We are an authorized dealer for Collette's Monuments of Lewiston, Maine. Please visit their website at

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