Planning a funeral is a difficult process to say the least. It can feel surreal that you’re in this position and planning a funeral that feels truly unique to the deceased is challenging. Funeral directors are a great resource to make the planning process easier. Consider including some of these ideas into the funeral plans to make it feel like a personalized ceremony rather than just another funeral.
Video streaming services are a great tool that can help include those who can’t come to the funeral in person. It’s important that everyone gets the opportunity to grieve, but last-minute travel isn’t easy. Setting up a livestream is as easy as having a camera and an internet connection. You can post the livestream link publicly or share it privately only with select people.
A funeral service doesn’t always have to happen at a funeral home. Calling hours and a traditional burial will require a funeral home, but a celebration of life ceremony can happen anywhere. Find a location that has great sentimental value to the deceased to hold a gathering for family and friends to remember them. This will make it feel more personal and bring you closer to the deceased than a memorial in an unfamiliar funeral home.
During the funeral, invite guests to write down their favorite memory with the deceased on a small piece of paper. Put each paper into a balloon and release them together. This is a good way to physically let go and grieve, while honoring their memory.
Planting a tree in thedeceased person’s memory will give their life a new purpose. Although theycan’t be here in person, the tree will continue to grow and flourish in theirmemory. Carefully choose the location for this tree so that it holdssentimental value and will allow friends and family to come visit the site foryears to come. The closest family members can all help plant the tree and say afew words about the deceased.
Include plenty ofpictures of the deceased in the funeral plans. Create a photo wall or slideshowthat shows the different phases of their life. From childhood memories to theirbiggest accomplishments in life, try to include pictures of it all! Ask friendsand family members to send in pictures they may have that you don’t have a copyof.
If you need help planning a personalized and moving funeral for your loved one, contact Hamel-Lydon Chapel to schedule an appointment with an experienced funeral director in the Boston area.