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8 Memorable Celebration of Life Ideas

Published: September 26, 2022
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A celebration of life after having a cremation service in Unionville, PA, is one of the best ways to find closure after losing a loved one. It’s an opportunity to celebrate their life and pay tribute to their memories. 

But this starts with designing a ceremony that captures the joyful feel of a celebration of life. Here are a few ideas to help:

1. Have a potluck

If you’re planning a celebration of life after having a cremation, make sure to include food in your plans. It’s a communal way for friends and family to share their love for your loved one by making dishes they enjoyed or cooking their favorite dish for everyone to share.

2. Share stories about your loved one

One of the best ways to celebrate the life of someone is through stories that are full of laughter and happy memories. If you have photos or videos, play them during the celebration of life service. Let everyone see how much fun your loved one had in their lifetime.

3. Use music

Music is a soulful way to bring people together and celebrate the life of someone who has passed away. You can play their favorite songs, have a live band play at the ceremony, or create a playlist with songs that reflect how they lived their lives (i.e., songs about living free).

4. Wear something special

If there was something special about your loved one’s wardrobe (i.e., wearing red on Fridays), wear something related to that during the celebration of life service. It will bring a smile to your face and make you feel like they are near you. Don’t want it to be just you? Have a dress code. It can even be costumed.

5. Donate in their name

If they were passionate about their community or had a favorite charity, donate money in their name to them. Even if they didn’t have one, donating is a great way for others to show how much they cared about others.

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6. Lantern Release

This is a beautiful way to honor someone who has passed away, especially if the event lasts into the night. You can write your loved one’s name in the lanterns and let go. Releasing lanterns symbolizes closure and an embrace of peace. 

If you choose this, make sure to ask the funeral home if they can provide help with this or if you will have to do it on your own.

7. Play games

Games are a fun way for people to interact with one another during the celebration of life service. You can play games like “pin the ribbon on” (the picture of) your loved one or a treasure hunt with clues based on your loved one’s favorite things.

8. Plant a Memorial Tree

This is a great way to honor your loved one while also doing something good for the environment. You can have a tree planted in their name in your backyard or somewhere meaningful to you and the deceased, as long as you have the necessary permission. 

There are many ways to honor your loved one at a celebration of life service. You don’t have to do all of them, or you can combine any of these ideas to create the perfect celebration.  

The important thing is that you and your family come together to enjoy each other’s company and bond over memories and stories about the deceased person. 

And if you need a funeral home to help bring these ideas to life, contact us. We help families in Unionville, PA craft befitting celebration of life events that honor their loved one, alongside other cremation services. Call us now to speak with caring staff. 

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