Celebration of Life Planning Guide
It's really a process of asking–and answering–questions. Sit down with other family members, at least once, but maybe even more than once; to explore the celebration of life ideas which arise from answering these questions:
1. Who will be invited? The number of guests define the where, when, and how of your celebration of life. Write down the names of everyone you think would want to be there and then set it aside. You can add new names to the list as you go along. You may also consider the fact that some people may find out of the event from the publication of a death notice within the newspaper or online.
2. Where and when should the event take place? If you decide that there should be a service within the week of the death occuring that's a normal thought. On the other hand if waiting for a period of time is something that makes sense in your situation then the freedom of this option is certainly something that can easily be planned.
3. Who will be leading the event? If your loved one was religious, you may opt to contact their religious organization be in charge and perform the service. However, many families today would prefer a non-denominational celebrant to oversee the celebration of life.
4. Who wishes to speak at the event? Many times family members or friends will be very direct about their desire to make a short presentation at the celebration of life; other times you need to come out and ask folks if they would be willing to publicly share their thoughts and feelings. Either way, you'll want to select those people who have shared a close relationship with the deceased and have something meaningful to contribute.
5. What food or beverages should be served? What you serve may depend on the theme of your celebration of life, or may be based on your loved one's favorite dishes.
6. What music should you include? Music is an integral part of life for many people, and a celebration of life is the perfect event in which to showcase the meaningful music of your loved one's life.
7. What details of your loved one's life do you want to share with guests? Not every biographical detail needs to be highlighted; rather you're trying to capture their essence by telling revealing anecdotes or stories. Sometimes you can reveal their character by detailing one short moment in their life experience.
8. What decorations will you have? Many families create a tribute video and use it as the centerpiece of the event. Others choose to use a memory table of photographs and other memorabilia instead such as golf clubs, knitting needles, cook book or collectibles that may show another side to the person that may have been unknown to all that attend the gathering.
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We know that's a lot to think about. But we urge you to take your time; be thoughtful, and don't hesitate to explore all the celebrations of life ideas which arise as part of this experience.
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