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A Celebration of Life
What is a Celebration of Life?
More and more people are looking for unique ways to honor their loved ones outside of a traditional funeral. A celebration of life gives you the flexibility to honor your loved ones in these more unique ways. A celebration of life gives you the freedom to do whatever is needed in order to best showcase your loved one’s values, passions, and personality. It achieves the same main function of a funeral – gathering family and friends to pay tribute to the life of a loved one. Celebrations of life lift everyone’s spirits and turns the focus on reflecting on positive memories and experiences that you shared with the deceased. People find that the more positive atmosphere surrounding celebrations of life does a better job of relieving the level of grief.
It is ideal to begin planning a celebration of life while your loved ones are still alive. This way you can actually ask them, “how do you want to be remembered?”, “what do you want your celebration of life to be like?”, and “what are you value most or what are you most passionate about?”. This allows you to perfectly match the wishes of your loved one.
Celebrations of Life vs Funerals
Both funerals and celebrations of life serve as a way for families to honor and say goodbye to a loved one who has passed away. However, there are many differences between the two services that should be taken note of.
A funeral service follows a certain level of tradition and order. Usually a funeral consists of three parts: the visitation, the actual funeral ceremony, and the committal service. We recommend a funeral service for those wanting a sense of spirituality, religion, or tradition.
There is much more freedom and flexibility with a celebration of life. Essentially you can include anything you want and format the service in any manner. The purpose of this service is to tell the story of your loved one’s life and celebrate what made them special. Most often, a celebration of life is held after the deceased’s body has been cared for. This allows you much more time to plan all the details of the service exactly to your liking. It is not uncommon for families to hold a celebration of life weeks or even months after their loved one’s remains have been buried or cremated.
Celebration of Life Ideas
Below we have provided a few celebration of life ideas to help your family begin planning. The examples below show that celebrations of life can be as unique as the person they are honoring. You can plan the event fully around a specific theme or just add little touches.
For the Sports Lover:
- Plan an event where close friends go on a road trip to watch your loved one’s favourite team play.
- You can have an event that includes playing your loved one’s favourite sport such as a golf tournament, or a casual basketball game.
For the Music Lover:
- A simple touch is to make sure your loved one’s favourite songs and artists are playing during the gathering.
For the Dedicated Philanthropist:
- Plan a fundraising event to support the cause that was most important to the deceased.