Funerals are often sad, somber affairs; instead, celebrate the life lived. Put together a celebration of life to commemorate the deceased and pay tribute to the personal moments and accomplishments of your loved one. Make the day about honoring the memory of the loved one, and share some mementos and souvenirs with those who come to pay their respects.
Some tips for an uplifting and inspiring celebration of life include these ideas:
A memory-tree guest registry. Set up a table by the entry with hanging tags that each guest can jot a note, memory, and name; hang these on a branch or fabricated tree to display during the party. Family members may take this home after the celebration to display.
Collage of trinkets. When you are going through your loved one's belongings, set aside trinkets, toys, and implements that are somehow meaningful. Take pictures and create a collage online to be printed and distributed to guests at the celebration of life party. These are clever and unique, and guests will appreciate the thought and artistry involved.
Living mementos. Keep the memory of your loved one alive by handing out small seedlings or seed packets to guests in personalized packaging bearing the name of the deceased. Many will plant their gift which means your loved one is living on in a positive way.
A tribute table. Set up a table of items, belongings, and goods that remind you of the deceased. This could include photos, letters, apparel, and trinkets that meant something to the person that has passed. This will provide an interactive way for guests to engage in stories and recollections related to the honored individual.
Memory stone station. Set up a station with permanent markers and smooth stones or river rocks for guests to make their own memory stones. These can be decorated or simply used for a message for the loved on, and later used at the grave site or in a memorial garden for the family.
Photo pins. Use an online printing company to create simple and inexpensive photo pins of the person that has passed away. Hand these out or set them by the door for guests to take, wear, and cherish after the celebration has concluded.
Memorialize a loved one with a celebration of their life. This is intended to be an inspiring and uplifting occasion, where memories are exchanged, stories are told, and tears are dried. Use these tips to create an interactive and social event that captures the essence of the deceased while helping those in attendance move past the loss. For more ideas, talk to a professional like Lisa Scott Funeral Home.