We are eager to make each service as meaningful and as memorable as we can. If there are any special ideas or suggestions you have for a personalised funeral, we’d love to hear them. It is our goal to turn your wishes into reality, and nothing is too much to ask. Below are a few aspects you may want to consider when it comes to personalised funerals.
One simple way to make a funeral more personal is to add a splash of colour. This helps to bring your loved one’s personality to the service for all to see. For example, we can paint caskets or urns any colour of the rainbow, whatever their favourite may be. You could also request that attendees wear a particular colour to the service. Otherwise, simply having the flowers or decorations of a certain colour can achieve a really special effect as well.
Personalised funerals can also include the choice of venue. While churches and funeral homes are common settings, there are actually plenty of other options. You may want to pick a location that has more meaning to the person you are honouring. This can include clubrooms, sports fields or even local parks.
Music is an integral part of most funerals, and is a good way to ensure the person’s character is reflected in the service. Did they have a favourite hymn that you could all sing together? Or perhaps you could play a particularly fitting song as the casket is carried out? Whatever you choose, it is always good if the music has a positive and inspiring message.
A great idea for avid readers is to set up a book table at the service with some of their favourite books. You can then encourage people to take a book home and enjoy it in their memory. Books make for a great memento, as loved ones can read or learn about something the person was interested in.
If the person you are honouring loved cooking or baking, you may want to give out copies of their trademark recipe after the service. People can then create their special dish or treat at home, and enjoy it in their memory.
While service sheets are commonly handed out at funerals, don’t overlook them as an opportunity to add a personal touch. For example, you could request that the service sheet uses their favourite colour, or contains a photo collage showing their personality. You might even prefer to design the whole service sheet yourself.
As a simple way of collecting and sharing personal stories, you could have a memory jar at the service. Attendees can write down their favourite memory, thought or message to put into the jar. This allows everyone to feel more involved with the service and provides the family with an enduring tribute to their loved one.
If you’d like to speak with someone about organising a personalised funeral, please contact the team at Grinter’s Funeral Home.