The purpose of funeral memorial services is to take time to remember the one who has passed. Traditionally, there is a visitation at the funeral home, a service and then burial. More and more, people are choosing to have memorial services to honor their loved one.
Your loved one may have been a unique person, and so you want to remember them and celebrate their lives in a unique way. The following are some ways to celebrate their uniqueness in a way that others can participate and remember them with fondness. If your loved one chooses cremation rather than a traditional burial, you have many more options for a funeral memorial service because the service can take place any time after the cremation.
Obviously, spreading their cremains in the San Francisco Bay is the perfect choice for someone who loved the water or served in the Navy. Atlantis Memorials is available to assist you in planning a memorial service fitting your loved one.
When you let friends, families and others who were a part of the deceased’s life know about their passing, tell them when the memorial service will be, ask them to bring pictures, memorabilia or something that they feel sums up the person’s life. You can create either a scrapbook or a memory box.
Plan to set up the seating at the memorial service in circles. Let those attending know that you want people to sit and share stories about the departed. Remember the fun times you shared how important they were to your lives and even the times that were not as good. Ask someone to video tape the service and the different circles so preserve the event. Then, be willing to share the video with those who would like a copy.
Did your loved one enjoy the Fourth of July more than other holidays or were they born on July 4? Some people have been known to scatter their loved one’s cremains by placing them into fireworks. Of course, before choosing this option, you may want to discuss it with local authorities.
For the gardener, you may want to create a special area in your garden in their memory. You can plant their favorite plant or flower in the garden and then place a chair or bench near it. If they chose cremation, you can spread their cremains in the garden or keep the urn there after having their ashes scattered at sea. When you miss them, you will have a concrete place to ‘visit’ them.
Keep their memory alive throughout the year. Instead of focusing on the loss at their birthday and holidays, give a gift in their name. You could find someone in the community that is in need such as a single mother, a homebound senior, or a random person.
Donate a book to the local library or public school each year in the person’s name. Normally, the library will include a bookplate with the departed’s name. Each time someone reads the book, he or she will see your loved one’s name.
Planning any funeral will not be easy, especially when the loss is new. If you consider the life your loved one lived, it will be easier to share your loss and how important they were with others. A funeral memorial service can be unique like your loved one or traditional. The important thing to do is honor your loved one no matter which type of service you have.