The funeral service planning process following the passing of a loved one is extremely stressful.
However, a traditional funeral can feel inappropriate to some. More and more people are inspired to find ways to make their loved one’s funeral more uplifting.
It can be challenging to know where to start, however. After all, the funeral planning process is overwhelming enough as it is.
We’re here to help. Keep reading below for a guide on the best ways to celebrate the life of your loved one through a funeral service.
Consider Location and Burial Method
If your loved one had a place that was special to them, consider holding the service there. The chosen location can highly contribute to the overall atmosphere of a service.
It could be somewhere as public as a park or as private as your backyard. Either way, it will allow you to connect with your loved one throughout the service.
The service location, of course, will also rely on their burial method of choice. Your options are slightly more limited with a traditional burial.
However, alternative methods provide you with more flexibility when it comes to choosing a location. For those who have opted for a green burial, a nature-inspired location is a meaningful way to celebrate.
Choose an Inspiring Music Selection
You don’t have to stick to the traditional organ-led tunes found at most funerals. Choosing music is one of the best ways to infuse your loved one’s spirit into funeral service planning.
If your loved one had a passion for rock and roll or country music, find a way to incorporate that into the service’s music score. It will not only honor your loved one but will also bring a smile to the service goers.
You can opt to end the service on a more somber note with a mellower track and an accompanied candle-lighting ceremony. Candle-lighting ceremonies to music are powerful in drawing people together.
Plan a Celebratory Reception
Following the service, your guests are likely to want to stick around and commemorate your loved one some more. A festive reception is a perfect venue for this continuation.
Consider holding your reception at your loved one’s favorite restaurant. It’s a great way to draw out memories from guests and enjoy a meal together while reminiscing.
You may also choose to set up a table where guests can browse photos and videos of your loved one. If you want to make it even more meaningful, reach out to the guests ahead of time to request their favorite photos of your loved one. It’s a special way to draw everyone together in celebration of your loved one’s life.
Crafting a Meaningful Service
Funeral service planning can be extremely taxing on the close friends and family of a passed individual.
However, a funeral service doesn’t have to be filled with sorrow. In fact, the funeral planning process can help bring you closure and relief. It’s an opportunity to cherish and celebrate the life of your loved one.
Feel free to explore our website to learn more about planning a meaningful service.
Our family-owned funeral homes, Kuzo and Foulk, are here to help the Kennett Square, West Grove, and surrounding PA communities. Whether that’s with preplanning, a death in the family, cremation, a casket, the funeral service, or a funeral director, we’re here for you. Contact us for all of your funeral needs.