A funeral service is a private and personal affair, and planning a personalised service is very important to many people. A funeral service is an opportunity for friends and family to say goodbye to their loved one and remember them in a special way. There are lots of ways you can add personal touches to a funeral service, and below we’ve put together just four of our favourites.
Write a personal obituary
Instead of sticking to the usual obituary template that simply recites dates and relatives, why not get creative? Writing a personal and creative obituary sets a meaningful and personal tone for the service and is a touching way to begin the memorial.
Recreating your loved one’s favourite memories at their funeral service can make friends and family feel closer to them. Incorporating memories into the wake adds a personal touch. From serving their favourite food and drink to playing their favourite music and placing their favourite board games around for friends and family to enjoy, there are lots of ways to recreate memories throughout the memorial.
Use unconventional reading materials
Using unconventional reading materials can offer great comfort for friends, family members and funeral guests, and add a personal touch. Poetry, lines from novels or short stories are great alternatives and, often, family members and friends respond more strongly to personal readings. Perhaps your loved one had a favourite poem or a scene from a book. Reading these out instead of a Biblical verse may provide guests with greater comfort and add a unique touch.
Place personal items around the casket
While flowers and decorative items do look beautiful placed around a casket, placing your loved one’s favourite items around the casket can feel more personal. This will remind friends and family of their loved one’s favourite things – for example, their favourite book, record or piece of jewellery.
Stockman & Loran is a family run funeral director in Paignton and Brixham. We provide support and guidance to bereaved families and friends, offering the assistance and care they need when making funeral arrangements. For more information about our funeral services, visit our website.