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ADVISORY:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and current public health orders, special protocols are in place for funerals. Maximum occupancy is limited to 25%. Masks are required to be worn by all attendees. Unless you reside together, please stand in line six feet apart as you enter. Your name will be taken, as well as telephone number, to enter into the register book. You will be guided to sit six feet apart (unless you reside together). Please do not congregate in the lobby. If you are vulnerable and/or have an underlying medical condition, or if you have any of the following unusual symptoms: headache, cough, sore throat, fever (100.4 or more), shortness of breath, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills or loss of taste or smell, please stay home and take advantage of our live-streaming service. By NM Health Order, if you are traveling from another state, you are required to quarantine for 14 days before going to public areas or events. Violations are subject to $100 citations by the State of New Mexico. Thank you and please be safe, abide and be respectful of others. This is temporary.

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Have The Talk of a Lifetime

Meaningful memorialization of a loved one’s passing can transform, heal, and comfort us. It highlights our loved ones’ sacrifices, reminds us of the things that they value, and inspires us with their life stories.

Have the Talk of a Lifetime, a program created by The Funeral and Memorial Information Council, was designed to help families have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most in their lives. These discussions can give important insights to the people they left behind — insights that can be used to honor and remember the lives of their loved ones.


Why is having the talk of a lifetime important?

Although we might have daily conversations with our loved ones, the most meaningful and deep ones don’t always happen. Having this kind of conversation can make a huge difference — it can help us see our loved ones in a different and more positive light, it can teach us valuable lessons, it can give us a clearer picture of the things they love, it can bring us closer together, and it can help us reaffirm to them how much we love them.


Who should have the talk?

We could have the talk of a lifetime with anyone we value, cherish, and love. It could be our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, our uncles and aunts, our cousins, our spouse, our children, our grandparents, or our friends. It also doesn’t have to be done only when we feel we are or someone we love is at the end of their life. We’ll never really know what the future holds, so let us take the opportunities we still have with them while we still can.

How do we start the talk?

We shouldn’t really wait for a special moment to start having these kinds of talks. We can do it anytime and anywhere, when we and our loved ones are comfortable — at home while we’re having meals together,out for a walk, gathered as a family, or playing games.

We could also sometimes start with visual prompts, like a photo or an entire photo album, a memento, or a souvenir. We can open up about past experiences while we’re at memorable place, such as  a church, a favorite restaurant, or an old park. These can be great ways to start a story.


May we always treasure every moment of our lives and have meaningful conversations with the ones we love. 


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