Unique Ideas for Funerals

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Funeral services can and should be as unique as the life that is being celebrated. Over the years we have found that the most meaningful services were those that were most personal. There are many ways to add personal touches to funeral and memorial services, and our staff can arrange or assist with any of these:

  • Display Pictures. Display framed pictures at the visitation and/or service.
  • Video Tribute. Have a picture DVD created to play at the visitation and/or service. It can be set to a favorite music selection or traditional hymns. (see example)
  • Participation from Family & Friends. Ask friends or family members to participate in the service. They could read a favorite scripture passage, quote, or poem of your loved one. Another idea is to read something your loved one wrote that embodies who he or she was.
  • Musicians. Arrange for special musicians such as a bagpipe payer, harpist, pianist, violinist, organist, or vocalist.
  • Military Honors. If your loved one served in the armed forces, arrange for military honors.
  • Unique Processional. Plan a special route to the cemetery (stop by an old home, school, or park). If your loved one was a firefighter or other type of serviceman or woman, have the funeral procession led by the respective vehicle.
  • Encourage Others to Share Memories. Have note cards at the visitation and/or service so people can write comments or share stories with your family.
  • Parting Gifts. Provide parting gifts to those who come to the service. This could be your loved one’s favorite recipe, a packet of flower seeds to plant in his or her memory, or a personalized bookmark with your loved one’s picture and favorite quote or scripture passage.
  • Symbolic Ceremony at the Cemetery. At the cemetery, arrange for a dove, butterfly, or balloon release.
  • Reception. After the services, have a reception and invite friends and relatives. This event could take place at the church, someone’s home, at a hotel, restaurant, or country club. During this time, share stories or fond memories of your loved one.