At the Marathon Memorial Chapel, we understand that life is different for everyone. People have different faiths, customs, and occupations. But each person’s life is special. For that reason, we make it our commitment to concentrate on the quality of a life well-lived. Not just through special memorials, but through helping family and friends celebrate special moments, and that’s why we are proud to say, “celebrating life, one family at a time.”
Today, people all over the world commemorate their loved ones with ceremonies that reflect their religious or cultural attitudes toward death. Just as we have rituals for other passages of life, such as graduations, and weddings, we need a ritual for death – one of the most significant of all passages. Funerals don’t just recognize that a life has ended; they recognize that a life was lived. They offer survivors a chance to gather and recall what mattered to them about the deceased’s life; his or her accomplishments, friendship, guidance or love. The funeral ritual also helps survivors to heal emotionally. When someone we love dies, we experience grief, which, though it hurts, is not something to avoid. Grief is part of the healing process that allows us to separate ourselves from the deceased person and go on with our lives without them. An important step in grieving is expressing the emotions that may accompany death: anger, guilt, fear, sorrow, and depression. A funeral gives mourners a place to express those feelings. The funeral brings together a community of mourners who, by supporting each other, can help themselves through a difficult period. To resolve their grief, mourners need to accept the reality of death not only on an intellectual level, but on an emotional level as well.
It is our commitment to work closely with you to ensure the service you select is unique and personal. We are prepared to handle any funeral service that your family may have with openness and understanding. Whether traditional or special, the Marathon Memorial Chapel will help you design a service which best meets your family’s needs. We will coordinate every detail for you, giving you more time to concentrate on family and friends. And after the funeral service, it is important to know that we are here for you, as well. Our unending commitment is to personal care and to meeting the needs of the families we serve.