Funeral Homes Are About More Than Passing

Posted on June 16, 2016 by MayFuneral under Blog Posts
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Funeral Homes Are About More Than Passing

Funeral Homes are about more than passing

Each of us is born with a uniqueness which allows us to live our lives as individuals. In the end however, we all meet in the great unknown. Burial services along with funeral homes offer comfort to the living as they pay their final respects. They also provide us a place to celebrate the life of the loved one lost.  


Traditional burial services often include a visitation at a funeral home to say a final goodbye to a loved one. Funeral homes offer the opportunity for family and friends to publicly acknowledge and pay their final respects. Grief is a normal, expected set of emotions that can occur after the loss of a loved one (Healthline). Gathering of the living relatives and friends of the deceased provides comfort as they prepare for the final burial services. Flowers often adorn the body to illustrate life continues, to comfort the living and to decorate the funeral home.  Recently commemorations of death have leaned towards a celebration of life.  


A funeral home can be a setting to stage a life celebration of the loved one. Funeral homes can stage celebrations that focus on the personality and passions of the deceased and at the same time comfort the living that are taking part. A life celebration allows for the living to pay tribute to the deceased by remembering their passions, hobbies, quirks and all the lives that person has touched. Flowers can contribute to telling the story of the deceased’s life and remind the living that life goes on. A funeral home that centers on a celebration will use flowers as a visual display of love and life. Flowers create beauty and warmth for the living. Funeral homes now encourage the living to socialize with friends and family while offering comfort. In this way old friends are often united and everyone attending can share in the memory of the lost one’s life.


Funeral homes and burial services offer a unique setting to bring people together to remember how valuable and short life is. At a funeral home or burial service it is of course always expected to remember the fallen, but it is also appropriate to socialize with friends and family that you may have not seen in awhile. Funeral homes and burials services gather the living together to comfort one another and to connect with each other. By engaging in conversation and remembrance of the loved one, the living reinforce the meaning of life and provide to comfort to one another.


Although it is hard for those of us living to think about, life goes by quickly. Today it is becoming more common to plan your own funeral ahead of time to take the burden off of the family members during a time of grief.  Planning your own funeral gives comfort to those still living in that they know the funeral home is setting up your parting farewell the way you wanted it. Planning ahead allows you to set the stage the way you want to be remembered. Whether it be with flowers, pictures, or songs, it is a celebration of life. It was your life and you can plan how to celebrate it. No matter which type of goodbye you choose, burial services and funeral homes will aid in offering  comfort to the living as they pay their final respects to loved one.  

HT May & Son funeral home has helped families and loved ones through the grieving process for more than a century. We have locations in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia and serve the Fayette Missouri area. To find out about how to plan ahead, contact us today.


The funeral business that became H.T. May & Son was founded in Boonville in 1911 by Riley Martin; great-great uncle of Tom May. Following the death of Riley Martin, his nephew; Holwell J. May took over the reins of the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1974. After the death of Holwell, his son H.T. May began to run the business. When H.T. died in 2005, son Thomas E. May began to run the business and is now the fourth generation to operate May Funeral Homes. The newest location, in Columbia, opened in April 2009. Thomas, was married in November 19 of 2011 to Pastor Jennifer Baker. Jennifer is a pre-need specialist for the business and currently pursing her funeral directors license. Thomas also has two sisters; Kathryn May who is a licensed funeral director and Melodia Whitmore. Thomas has three children; Holwell J. May II, who graduated from KCKCC with his Mortuary Science Degree, and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Brittany N. May, and Jeremiah Baker. May and staff are are dedicated to serving families from all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in a personalized manner, with knowledgeable, caring, and professional staff.

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