It goes without saying that losing a friend, family member or loved one is never easy. What’s more, periods of grief can leave individuals feeling isolated and lost. For those who are grieving, the funeral is often viewed as a moment of physical and emotional closure, allowing friends and relatives to come together and share the emotional burden while paying their respects.
For some, however, a funeral doesn’t feel like the appropriate send-off. Many families choose to celebrate their loved one’s life, rather than mourn their death.
Here is our guide to celebrations of life and their many merits.
What Is A Celebration Of Life?
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a celebration of life is a form of gathering or ceremony that takes place after a funeral or replaces the service altogether. Celebrations of life are often chosen by those who wish to focus on the joy of knowing a loved one, and the times they spent together, rather than mourning their loss.
Celebration of life ceremonies often adopt a much more optimistic and upbeat tone than a traditional funeral, with music, laughter and anecdotes to highlight the happiness of their life. Similarly to a funeral, food, drink and flowers are commonly present, however, the body of the deceased is not.
What Does A Celebration Of Life Involve?
As a celebration of life is a means of remembering a friend or loved one in a positive way, the ceremony or gathering can involve anything. As mentioned above, they might involve a communal meal, and drinks or facilitate the sharing of positive anecdotes.
This said, there is no set format for a celebration of life; it is an opportunity to reminisce on the many amazing memories people have, remembering the deceased as they would like to be remembered, so each celebration will be unique.
Planning A Celebration Of Life
There is no right or wrong way to hold a celebration of life, so the possibilities are endless. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when approaching the ceremony.
Choosing a location or venue that meant something to the deceased is popular, as it can help to make the celebration feel more personal; it is as if friends and family are gathered together one last time.
Moreover, celebrations of life are an opportunity to join together and remember the individuality, personality and interests of your loved one. Considering these elements can make the process of planning a lot easier. Whether it is a local pub, sports ground or community centre, it is important to pick a location that means something.
Stockman & Loram: Celebrations Of Life
Here at Stockman & Loram, we understand that planning a service of any kind can seem overwhelming and emotionally draining. For this reason, we endeavour to help you every step of the way.
From arranging services in alternative venues to ensuring little details such as photographs and music are taken care of, we’re here to help you organise a celebration of life that is joyous and respectful.
Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.