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2401 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 759-3133 dean@maloneyfuneralhomecares.com

Supporting Families During Their

Times of Bereavement

For Your Comfort and Convenience

Immediate Need

We are so sorry for your loss. If you have not already called and scheduled a meeting with us, please contact us anytime at 941-759-3133. Thank you for calling upon Maloney Funeral Home during this difficult time of your life. We consider it an honor and privilege to care for you and your family. Maloney will ensure that our professional staff is here to help walk you through the different options you have, no matter what your preferences are and what direction your path may lead. Take comfort in knowing that we are here to care for not only your departed loved one, but you and your entire family.

Celebration Of Life

Personal and meaningful

We believe in honoring your loved one through a celebration that is personal and provides a healing experience to family and friends. Celebrations of life can be held for burial or cremation to help celebrate a life well lived. From traditional ceremonies to unique celebrations, we pride ourselves on our service helping you plan the perfect event.

Thoughts for your loved one, in the form of balloons, float into the sky together.

Join together with friends to do the activity your loved one enjoyed most.

A gift for generation, plant a tree to honor your loved one.

Give your veteran loved one the respect deserved with veteran funeral benefits.

We can create personalized stationery for your loved one.

Long-distant family and friends can watch a webcast of the funeral.

Let us create a touching DVD helping friends and family relive special memories.

Personalizing a Celebration

The purpose of a funeral is to provide a way of commemorating a life and bringing together friends and family. We aim for our celebrations to be a time to share memories and remember your loved one through music, stories, and capturing the nature of their spirit.
The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a celebration is that it should be reflective of your loved one. While religious elements may play a part, it should also include stories about the person’s life that help everyone recapture and revisit their own memories. Sometimes this is best accomplished by having friends or family members share their reflections as part of the service. Some people personalize the service with special music (which may be religious or non-religious). Others bring in pictures to have at the service. Sometimes favorite things that belonged to the deceased are integrated into the ceremony such as wood carvings, golf clubs or even a motorcycle.
The goal is to give a true sense of who this person was. There is nothing wrong with telling funny stories about the person who died: a funeral recognizes the sad event of a death, but can include humor. Unique celebrations include a patio tailgate party where everyone wears their loved one’s favorite team jersey, decorating to display their passion project, offering unique food, signature cocktail or wine from their personal cellar, or bringing in your loved one’s private art collection to be on display.

Burial Options

A traditional choice for a permanent resting place

Today there are more options than ever on how to celebrate a life lived. Choosing burial as your final disposition allows you to have a final resting place with options to have a personal celebration. We believe that no two people are alike and no two services should be alike either.

Through traditional or contemporary services, many are turning to unique, personalized ways of honoring a life lived and aiding the grieving process. A personalized celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing balloons, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, burials with celebrations have one focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived.

Traditional services that generally include the following:

• Visitation with family and friends
• Funeral ceremony
• Burial of your loved one at the cemetery (may be private or public)
• Reception

Location on the funeral ceremony and reception are of your choosing. We will go over available options during the arrangement process.

Services held at the grave site at a cemetery. Graveside services can follow a traditional funeral or can be held as the only service event. Graveside services are often held as private gathers of only close family and friends.

Whether or not an open casket is part of the celebration is an individual family choice. The main reason that we have any “viewing” is because that allows people to have a physical presence to focus on when saying their goodbyes. Since most people are very visually inclined by nature, it seems to help them to see the person for the death to be “real” to them and allows them to better focus to begin to tidy up the loose ends that they have with this person. A funeral helps people begin to complete their relationship with the person who died, and sometimes seeing the body helps.

Cremation Options

Trusted and dignified

Cremation as a disposition can be, and should be, just as personal as a burial and funeral service. Let us guide you through our trusted and dignified cremation options that can be personalized to truly celebrate a life lived.

Personalizing a cremation with a celebration of life can be very therapeutic. A celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. As with burial options, cremations can be personalized. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing balloons, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, cremations should have the same focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived.

Some request direct cremation, eliminating “all the bother of funeral services” for family members. Funeral services and celebrations aren’t provided for the deceased; they’re there to help support and comfort the living. Direct disposal of cremated remains or scattering without a service or memorialization of any kind can cause emotional problems for survivors. With no celebration and permanent resting place, problems arise from inadequate grieving. Take time to consider family and friends.In suffering a loss, the traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals pass through the stages of grief. When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it will:

• Help assuage grief
• Alleviate guilt
• Contribute to emotional stability
• Create peace of mind

Some family members are disturbed at the thought of death itself, much less cremation, which many perceive as a cold and uninvolved process. They may resist your wishes when the time comes. It’s best to address your wishes with your family now. You can put their unease to rest, and have peace of mind knowing your wishes will be carried out.

Crematories are operated by dedicated people with great respect for the deceased. Restrictions on cremation are different from state to state, even from one cemetery to the next. Depending on the final resting place you choose, requirements may include an urn, urn vault, and other items. Making your choices now can help your family down the road. In most cases, cremation satisfies federal clean air requirements.

Permanent Memorialization

A place of healing and reflection

A consistent place for healing allows for family and friends to find comfort long after the services are over. There are a wide variety of personalized options for both burial and cremation. Finding the perfect memorial is a reflection of the life lived for future generations to learn about their ancestry.

Creating the Perfect Memorial

We understand that selecting a monument can sometimes seem overwhelming. It can be a difficult decision coming at a difficult time, or it could simply be planning for the future, but in any case we understand that there are emotional ties to picking the perfect memorial. Our Monument Design Specialists work with you every step of the way to ensure you end up with the exact memorial that uniquely memorializes your loved one and celebrates a life lived. We make the process simple so you can have the peace of mind that your memorial will be a perfect, lasting reflection of your loved one.

We make choosing a monument convenient while offering the same options and pricing as other monument companies. We work directly with a wholesaler in the area to extend the savings to you. We work with all budgets and serve all cemeteries and faiths.

Hope also offers many options for enhancing your memorial such as flower vases and lighting. We can also refinish weathered bronze markers to look like new.

Place your trust in us to create and install a monument that will be a constant source of inspiration for the living and a perfect reflection of the unique life it represents.

Veterans

Proudly serving those who have served

We believe that the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces deserve special consideration. To pay tribute to our fallen heroes, Hope Funeral Home offers comprehensive veterans burial benefits to those eligible. At Hope Funeral Home, we handle veteran details for you. We provide all options so you can make an informed decision, in an atmosphere as positive as possible.
Available veteran benefits:
• Inscribed cemetery marker
• U.S. flag
• Gun salute
• Payment
• Transportation costs (some or all of the cost)

For More Information Call toll-free 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://www.cem.va.gov

Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.

Hope will notify both agencies. Social Security pays a lump sum death benefit directly to the spouse. Veterans receive cash benefits based on disability or other requirements.

Send a copy of your discharge papers (DD214) that we will keep in our permanent files. If you wish, call us and we will handle all details over the phone.

Retired Military
Military honors are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. If you are retired military with 20 years or more of service, we will call and request an active duty honor guard from your branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS.

Honorably Discharged Veterans with less than 20 years
Currently, we call volunteer, local veterans groups for Military Honors requests. Typically these are retired veterans with incredible service histories. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding, presentation and the playing of TAPS. Rifle Salute is not regulation but is often offered. Payment is not required but these groups accept donations.

Wood Flag Cases
The Military provides a wood flag case for any active duty deaths. For all other veterans, we stock wood flag cases.

What are options for Veteran cemeteries?
All veterans, and possibly their spouses and children, are entitled to free cemetery spaces, grave opening/closing, grave liner and headstone at a VA cemetery. We will work with you to get you available options.