Creative Ideas for a Special Celebration of Life

By: Vaughn Greene Funeral Services
Monday, July 9, 2018

More and more people are choosing to make funerals uplifting ‘celebrations of life’ rather than somber events. Incorporating unique, personalized touches into the homegoing service can be a fitting way to say goodbye to someone special. Whether you’re a planning a celebration of life for a loved one or are looking ahead for yourself, here are some clever and thoughtful ideas that may inspire you:

Personalize the Service Program                                                                                                        

Don’t settle for an ordinary booklet with a single photo. The cover could be a collage of many different photos of your loved one. You might add captions to each image to explain where and when it was taken. Not only will this make the program look interesting and colorful, it will also serve as a unique keepsake for the mourners who attend. 

Add Some Color                                                                                                                                

It’s becoming more and more common for people to request ‘anything but black’ for a funeral, whether that’s the attire, hearse, or casket. You might ask that mourners wear an item of your loved one’s favorite color. Or, you could hand out single flowers in his or her favorite color at the entrance to the funeral service. The flowers could then be placed onto the coffin before burial or attendees could take them home as a keepsake.

Make a Memory Table                                                                                                                               

Give careful thought to your loved one’s hobbies and passions. Gather some of the key things that were important to him or her and display them on a large table at the service. For example, if your loved one was a traveler, consider making a travel-themed memory table. How about making a map with pins in all of the places he or she visited? Don’t forget to include their passport and suitcases, too. Travel themed celebration

Help Guests Connect                                                                                                                                                

You don’t want guests, and particularly elders, to feel embarrassed if they can’t remember the names of people they haven’t seen in years. Get some labels in a pretty color or apply a border to plain ones, along with some fine point magic markers. Set up a reception table at the entrance to the service and ask a close friend to write out name tags for the guests as they enter. Consider including the person’s name and their relationship to the deceased, such as “Jacklyn Williams (College friend at the University of Baltimore)”. It’s rare that everyone knows each other at a funeral service. Name tags are a good conversation-starter and they make the service much more personal.

There’s a lot to consider when planning a homegoing celebration.. Take your time, be thoughtful, and don’t hesitate to explore the many creative ideas that may arise during your planning process. If you need assistance, we’re happy to put our decades of experience to work to make it easier for you and your family. And our stunning new repast and event facility, ”The Pavilion”, may very well be the ideal venue for your loved one’s homegoing celebration. Let's talk about your loved one's life and create the perfect event to honor his or her memory.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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