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Imaginative Ways to Personalize Your Loved One’s Funeral

Published: January 9, 2023
by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

The days of cookie-cutter funerals are becoming a distant memory. More and more people have embraced planning a meaningful service that captures the lived life. And many turn to funeral homes in Kenneth Square, PA, for ideas and execution.

Below, we share some of our favorite personalized funeral ideas:

Create a meaningful display of your loved one’s life. Consider displaying pictures of your loved one at different stages in their life. You could also feature family heirlooms or even a favorite outfit. A photo collage is another popular option for displaying pictures.

Have a meaningful eulogy. A eulogy is a way to celebrate the life of the person who has died. Instead of a straightforward speech on a pulpit, it can be tailored to be as unique as your loved one.

Choose a meaningful song to play at the service. Music can help set the tone for the entire service, so choose a song or songs that tell your loved one’s story.

Include some of the deceased’s favorite foods in the reception after the funeral service. You can also have guests prepare recipes your loved one enjoyed and have a buffet.

Write a poem about your loved one’s life instead of having traditional readings or hymns. A similar idea is to have a standup session. Have select guests share their favorite stories of the deceased or roast session if it suits the deceased’s sense of humor.

Make it a themed service based on the deceased’s passions and hobbies. It could be pallbearers in sports jerseys, Star Wars/Marvel/Sorority/Halloween costumes, or hang up signs and decorations.

Display your loved one’s favorite photo, painting, drawing, or other artwork at the funeral service and or reception.

Create a memory capsule. Family and close friends bring an item connected to the deceased that’s meaningful to them. The capsule can be buried with the casket or kept as a family heirloom.

Include your loved one’s favorite books in the memorial service. If they had personal awards or trophies, you could have them on display like a mini museum.

Create a memorial website for your loved one that friends and family can view after the funeral service. You can stream the funeral service via the website for those who cannot attend.

Families and friends have pleasant memories of sitting around a table playing card or board games, even video games. Instead of a standard funeral service, host a game night in the deceased’s honor.

Customize the casket or urn. It can be a quote or saying that reflects the deceased’s life and philosophy. Or themed to the colors of their favorite team, club, or any other community they belonged to. Alternatively, have guests sign the casket/urn. It can be a fun way for attendees to connect during the service.

If you’re interested in arranging a unique funeral ceremony but aren’t sure how to start, contact us, and we will help you plan it. Our Kenneth Square, PA, funeral home experts will work with you to create a ceremony that befits your loved one.

 
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