At Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, we believe that each individual deserves an honorable and personalized final tribute, which is why we have created an array of Signature Services. Let us handle all of the details in creating a uniquely memorable service to honor your loved one. If you would like to speak with us regarding any of our Signature Services, or have a special request, please call us at 225-567-1884 in Hammond or 985-370-9296 in Ponchatoula. We stand ready to serve you.
Our funeral home will provide a bouquet of balloons in
various colors according to your preferences. Some families choose elegant white,
while others prefer the joy and cheerfulness of a multicolored display. As the
balloons drift gently upward they leave us with an impression and memory that
lasts a lifetime. Our staff will coordinate the release ceremony to occur at
just the right time in the service.
At this particularly touching ceremony, butterflies are
released into the air, creating clouds of fluttering color that ascend toward
the heavens. The sight of these delicate creatures taking to the air is quite
symbolic, and creates a lasting memory for all who witness it. We are able to
coordinate every element to enhance the service.
Illuminated candles display a certain ambiance that creates
a calm and peaceful environment for friends and family. Each year, we hold a
special service to light a candle in honor of lost loved ones. Family members
are encouraged to attend this annual event because it helps those left behind
express their love and honor for the deceased in a dignified and respectful
manner. At our annual candlelight service, a special speaker provides guidance
on coping with loss and light refreshments are served.
Just as candles are used in many ceremonies, we can also
arrange to have candles at the visitation or memorial service that can
represent something significant to the family, whether it is a religious,
cultural, or sentimental preference. We welcome all special requests involving
our candlelight services and other ceremonies.
We often arrange complete catering for attendees at the
visitation, memorial service, and funeral.Our relationships with several excellent companies allow us to provide hors d'oeuvres or buffet lunches
and dinners for immediate family or all attendees.We offer a wide selection of dishes that are
appropriate for the occasion and comforting to all who share them. Our Magnolia Room, located at our Ponchatoula location provides the perfect setting for hosting gatherings and events, during and after the services. It accommodates approximately 50 people and features a Southern-style fireplace, round banquet tables and room for simple or elaborate meals. Call or stop by today for more information on our newly designed Magnolia Room!
A time of sorrow is particularly difficult for young
children who sense the emotional environment but do not understand the
disruption in their routine. At no charge, we provide a special children’s
retreat – a room full of toys, games, videos, and books – that keeps children
busy and happy for hours while adults gather with family and friends.
For millennia, the dove has been the symbol of the human
soul. These elegant birds leap into the sky in a burst of energy and
exuberance, reminding us of the soul’s ascent to heaven, and the abundant life
that blesses each one of us. This is particularly meaningful for a graveside
service. To make this event even more beautiful, our staff coordinates the
release with the words of the minister or speaker at the ceremony.
We provide the funeral coach for the transportation of the
deceased, and our affiliations with the most professional limousine and livery
services in the area allow us to secure limousines and town cars of all sizes
for family and friends. Perhaps a family member or guest has to be picked up at
the airport or an extra car is needed for the services. Whatever the need, we
are happy to assist. Your convenience is important to us.
Many families who choose cremation wish to retain the
cremated remains as a memorial and tribute to the person who has passed away.
It is fitting to keep the cremated remains in a container that can become a
family heirloom through the generations. It is even more of a tribute to your
loved one to select an urn that somehow memorializes a life’s interests,
pursuits, and accomplishments.
We maintain a complete selection of keepsake and memorial
urns, crafted of the richest materials, in designs that represent many aspects
of life, including military service, religion, special interests, and
professions. These may be smaller than the traditional urns and purchased
additionally. As you make your plans for the funeral service, ask to see this
important collection of beautifully crafted memorial items.
These provide a truly touching form of remembrance. We
assemble a display of cherished objects and personal possessions that help to
tell the story of the life of your loved one. One of our personal funeral
counselors can make recommendations to help you choose the items that make for
the most personal kind of remembrance. And, we take care of arranging the
objects in the most attractive manner.
To honor a person’s service in defense of our freedoms, we
frequently arrange for our nation’s veterans to be commemorated with special
military observances. Depending on the branch of service, military detachments
may provide a color guard, musicians, gun salute, or even a flyover. We have
contacts with all branches of the military, so the proper arrangements can be
made easily and efficiently.
Unique Music Selection
We think music at a funeral is one of the most personal
tributes. Often, families make the event even more meaningful with live music
at the service. Consider going beyond the traditional recorded music, the
organist or bagpiper, and allow us to suggest harpists, string quartets,
vocalists, or other instrumentalists to give you service another special touch.
Our website offers families the ability to post the story of
a life on the World Wide Web, making it available to those who live far from
us. This service allows distant friends and relatives to participate in the
mourning process, to write online condolences and recollections, and to say their
own farewells to the person who has passed away. If desired, the messages can
be read aloud during the funeral service.
There are many lasting keepsakes available in the form of
jewelry so that the memory of a loved one can be cherished forever. If
cremation is chosen, we can arrange for a small portion of the cremated remains
to be enclosed in a decorative piece of jewelry or other remembrance item.
Another jewelry memento can be created by transferring the
fingerprint of the deceased onto a wax mold, which is then used to create an
exact 14K gold or sterling silver casting of the print. This unique charm can
be worn on a necklace or bracelet and treasured for generation to come. Ask us
about other meaningful types of remembrance jewelry that honor a lost loved
As a lasting tribute to your loved one, we can arrange to
have a number of remembrance keepsakes personalized for you. Items such as
bookmarks, memory folders, candles, and remembrance cards can be personalized
with a photo of your loved one, important dates, and an inspirational quote.
Ask us about the beautiful ways to keep the memory of your loved one close to