How to Plan a Celebration of Life Service


When you've lost a loved one, it can be challenging to focus on planning a celebration of life service. However, many will find that planning a service of this kind allows them the time to reminisce on the good life that their loved one lived. Knowing which steps to take and what considerations to make can also help make the planning go smoothly. 


What is a Celebration of Life Service?

Although a funeral or memorial can be a sad event in which people mourn the loss of a loved one, a celebration of life looks at the situation in a more positive light. Of course, it is normal to miss someone that has passed, but knowing the accomplishments and joys that they experienced in their lifetime can help people to move forward. Celebrating a life lived can include sharing memories, life achievements, and similar happy aspects of a loved one’s life. 


How to Personalize the Service

A crucial component of a celebration of life service is the personal touch. It isn't easy to celebrate a life well-lived if there is nothing personal included in the service. Consider what your loved one enjoyed in life. Did they have any hobbies or unique talents that brought them joy? Was there love of a particular sports team, music group, or book series that you might incorporate into the service? Questions like these provide a great start to personalization. 


Consider Personal Questions

Personal questions can help you to dig a little deeper into the personalization part of the service. These questions can be for you and other loved ones to answer. For example, you might think about your favorite memory with the individual and ask those close to them their own favorite memory. You could also make a list of their proudest accomplishments.


·       How many children did they have?

·       What successes did they experienceat work?

·       What volunteer organization didthey spend a lot of time with?

·       What was their best personalitytrait?

·       How did they spend their days?

Questions such as these can help you todetermine which personal aspects to include in the service. The answers maysurprise you and help you to move through the stages of grief. Getting to knowa person better by learning things about them through other loved ones can behealing for many people.


Imagine What You Would Want

Can you imagine your own celebration of life?What do you think would make you happy to look back on in life? Imagine thesame scenarios for your lost loved one. 


Hamel-Lydon Chapel is Here to Assist

Planning a celebration of life service willhelp others grieving and provide an outlet for you. If you feel as thoughplanning everything is too much for you, there are people with professionalexperience in this area.  Hamel-Lydon Chapel is capable of providing funeral home services andplanning to help you organize a special celebration of life. Contact us today to learn more. 

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