When we’re grieving the loss of a friend or family member, we go through a myriad of emotions. However, the grieving process can provide a sense of closure that can be healing. For several people, a celebration of life may aid in that healing.
Celebrating who our loved ones were as people as well as what made them unique is a meaningful approach to commemorate their lives. A special celebration of your loved one’s life may be a wonderful way to honor their memory, whether it’s been days, months, or years since they passed away. Below, Funeral Caring USA provides you with four creative ideas for a celebration of life.
First, Let’s Define Celebration of Life
A celebration of life is a social gathering that allows friends and relatives to say their final farewell to a loved one. They may be as big or as intimate as you choose, and they provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to build something special in memory of a loved one who has passed away.
This celebration may be whatever you want it to be—they usually are more uplifting and center on the happiness this person brought to others. It can be religious, but it’s also normal for a life celebration to be secular.
Various Ideas to Remember a Loved One
- Have a memorial garden or tree: Plan a stunning tribute inspired by flowers and trees if you’re commemorating someone who had a green thumb or who was often stopping to appreciate and smell the roses. You can then invite family and close friends to celebrate your loved one by planting flowers, a tree, or choosing your loved one’s favorite tree. You can commemorate the person with a memorial plaque.
- Host a potluck dinner party: Consider a celebration that highlights your loved one’s passion for food, whether they were a professional chef, a home baker, or a gourmand. Ask guests to select and share recipes that remind them the most of the person. You can offer a cookbook with pictures of your loved one from parties, outings, and gatherings with friends and family throughout the years as a gift to attendees.
- Create a memorial video: Ask close friends and relatives to send videos of themselves recounting their best memories and stories about the deceased—with those videos, you can make a tribute film with videos and pictures of the dearly departed and share the film with friends and family.
- Write a message on a kite: Kids can attach notes dedicated to the person to the tail of a kite using ribbons, papers, or fabrics. You can then organize a commemorative picnic in your loved one’s favorite park with friends and family and watch the kids fly the memorial kite.
When planning a celebration of life, make it intimate, unique, and pleasant, regardless of the subject or mood that you select. Remember and uplift the incredible life that has been lived and celebrate it with details all around.