Where to Start

When you first begin the process of designing a funeral, the decisions you'll face might seem overwhelming at first. We're here to help you tackle the choices one by one and make the journey one of love, healing, and life celebration. The process can be broken down into two stages: decisions regarding the service and how you'd like to honor your loved one's life, and decisions regarding how you'd like to care for your loved one's physical remains.


Bereavement Travel Assistance

A funeral or memorial service gives family and friends time to support each other, to share memories and to celebrate a life lived. Our Bereavement Travel Program is offered throughout the United States and Canada.

The Benefits include:

  1. Four members of the immediate family of the deceased are eligible to receive special savings on airfares offered through the Bereavement Travel Program to travel to attend a funeral, memorial or graveside service.
  2. Significant savings on airline travel across the United States and to and from international destinations including Canada. These savings may be lower that the standard airline "bereavement" travel fares and have fewer restrictions.
  3. Assistance from professional travel agents who can help you to make travel arrangements. This service is available seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. A nominal service fee will be charged.
  4. All airfares ticketed qualify for frequent flyer program benefits.

In order to take advantage of the discounted airfares offered through the Bereavement Travel Program, you must make your arrangements through the Dignity Memorial Travel Desk. You will need to tell the travel agent that you are using the Dignity Memorial Bereavement Travel Program benefit and provide them with the following information:

  • R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home
  • The reference number of A1068
  • Name of Deceased
  • Credit Card Information

The phone number to call is 1-800-224-4177

The above information will also be provided to you at the time you make your loved one's arrangements. You can then share this information with your family and friends who will be traveling to attend the service.

Designing a Service

Whether it's formal or informal, traditional or offbeat, a funeral provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and support one another in taking the first steps of their healing journey. A service can take place in any setting - at your home, outdoors, or at our facilities, for example - and can incorporate music, poetry, or art in the celebration of a life well-lived. There are endless possibilities for what the service can be, and we're honored to go above and beyond in our duty to meet your personalized and specific requests.

Our staff is experienced in understanding and graciously accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We're here to answer your questions and guide you through the decisions you'll need to make, and will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one and incorporate the elements that you and your family find meaningful. 

Caring for a Loved One's Physical Remains

Once you've chosen how you'd like to celebrate your loved one's life journey, the next decision you'll face is about how you'd like to care for their physical remains. This can be a difficult or emotional choice for you and your family, and we'll provide you with the information you need as we help you to consider your options and make the decision that is right for your loved one and for your family. Once you've chosen between burial and cremation, there are a few additional decisions you'll face:

  • For a burial, you'll need to select a casket and a cemetery, and choose between a ground burial and entombment in a mausoleum.
  • For cremation, you'll need to select an urn and choose whether to bury, entomb, or scatter the cremated remains, as well as where you'd like to do so.

No matter which path you decide to take, we'll be there to support you and assist you in exploring your options and making an informed decision that feels right for you and your loved one.

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