Our lives are uniquely ours, and that’s why funerals can be a place where we celebrate how an individual lived.
Passions, hobbies, and even our personality can now be embodied in a funeral. The smallest details can make a funeral just that much more special. From displaying personal photographs, to choosing specific flowers, an individual can feel at peace with how they chose to celebrate the end of their life.
Deciding how you should personalize a service? Here are some questions you can use to help you decide:
For additional ideas on personalizing a funeral, please contact your funeral director.
What did the person like to do?
Hobbies are our passions, our lives and an activity that makes us who we are. Hobbies give us peace in even the most stressful times. Something that essential to a person should have the opportunity to be showcased during a funeral.
Incorporating a hobby into a funeral service can be as simple as:
By incorporating these or other personal touches to a funeral, the service becomes a reflection of what the individual found passion for in life.
What was the person like as an individual?
Another way that a person may want to celebrate their life is by honoring what made that individual special. Their personality is core to who they were, and their individuality is something that can be brought to life through a funeral service. There are many ways to link the traditional aspects of a funeral service to their individual lives.
For example, an avid cowboy or cowgirl may want to ride off into the sunset one last time. Honoring their last wish can include:
Other themes you may want to consider could be:
What was the person like as a professional?
A career is a passion, something that a person dedicated their entire life to working for. Sometimes, a career transforms into something more than just another job. The pride that a person takes in their career is an aspect that can be incorporated into a funeral service with just the simplest of details.
Following are a couple examples of how you could incorporate a career into a service.
For a teacher:
For a fire person/police officer:
Was the person spiritual?
Often, a person’s spiritual beliefs were an essential part of who they were and how they lived. Whether it be organized religion, or personal beliefs, there is a strong sense of spirituality in almost everyone. When planning for a funeral service, including the sense of spirituality from the individual may make their funeral that much more special.
Following are ideas on spirituality can be incorporated into a funeral service: