Funerals, while a part of life, are never the easiest aspect of living. One modern funeral feature that can bring comfort to family and friends is to have a send-off that reflects the life, legacy, and personality of their deceased loved one. This may be arranged by the person ahead of their own passing or by others after, but either way, this type of funeral is gaining popularity. Adding those personal touches and individuality to a funeral can genuinely make them feel more authentic for those attending and help with the grieving process.
A Personal Funeral is all about ensuring the proceedings are unique to the individual. There are so many things that go into making a person who they are: their likes and loves, passions, adventures, and inner life. These can be presented in so many ways but may include any of the following and so much more – after all, it’s personal.
- A time of day that may have been significant to the person.
- A venue that held some significance – perhaps a favourite club, garden, beach, or even at home.
- Have a theme for proceedings that reflects a favourite colour or style.
- Having guests dress up or down to a more casual look.
- A showcase of life, such as photos, personal effects, and memorabilia.
- Showing videos or a montage of their life story.
- Create a playlist of favourite music or have musicians play live.
- Have a release ceremony with doves or perhaps something else of personal significance.
- Create guest mementoes to take home – perhaps a favourite recipe, picture, or poem.
- Consider a special coffin or urn with decorations by loved ones.
- Bring a beloved pet along.
- Incorporating their art into the proceedings.
Does Personal Exclude Tradition?
The best answer to this is that it’s up to you. Tradition is as important as you want it to be and if you feel that it’s vital to incorporate tradition in your funeral proceedings, then do so. Some people feel traditions are too important to pass up, while others want all personal with modern touches for their send-off. A personal funeral is supposed to be simply an opportunity to make proceedings unique, odd, strange, wacky or traditional to suit the person and create a meaningful funeral. It doesn’t matter what form that takes.
Choose the Right Funeral Director For Support
A good funeral director is someone who will act as a facilitator in creating a funeral that suits you and your loved ones. They will offer support, guidance, and compassion during this difficult time while supporting individual choices for a send-off. At County Funerals, each member of the team is trained and experienced in providing personalised assistance and planning, which will help relieve your burden.