Planning a funeral for a passed on loved one can be an emotionally charged experience to say the least. However, even though what you will be planning is an end-of-life event, it can be more of a celebration than a gloomy gathering filled with only sadness. Goodbyes are never easy, but with a few creative touches to your family member's funeral plans, you can make the traditional funeral more light-hearted.
1. Create a Memory Jar - Each person that attends a funeral will have a personal memory about the life of your loved one or a time that the two of them spent together. Make sure you have something special to help you and others remember your relative by creating a memory jar. You can get a large wide-mouthed jar and place a label on it with instructions for all of the guests to write down a specific memory they have on a small piece of paper and place it in the jar when they are done. Collect the memories at the funeral and then take turns drawing out memories to read aloud at a family gathering after the service. This is a great way to make the experience a little more about celebrating the times that are remembered and take a little focus from the sorrow of the loss.
2. Use Life Celebration Balloons - Most people never think of balloons for a funeral service. However, if you want a celebratory life service, celebration balloons can be a nice touch. These are helium-filled balloons attached to a ribbon that holds a photo of the departed. It is a good idea to have loved ones collect their own personal favorites to share and inscribe them with a message on the back. This is a relatively new take on the traditional photo collages that are often set up at a funeral home and gives a light touch to an event that can sometimes feel heavy and sorrowful. For an added touch, the balloons can be collected after the funeral service and taken to the graveside, where the photos will be removed by family members or close friends and the balloons can be set free into the air.
If you are in the middle of planning a funeral for a loved one, keep in mind that with a little creativity, you can bring a little glimmer of joy to the occasion. Talk to a funeral home director like those at Rose's Funeral Home Inc for more creative ideas.