4 Ways to Personalize Traditional Funerals

Monday, August 1, 2022

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process for family and friends. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate your loved one and share stories and precious memories together. Many people want their funerals to be meaningful, often involving personalization.

Personalizing traditional funerals is a way to incorporate special touches that will resonate with family and friends. If you’re looking for ways to personalize a loved one’s funeral, take a look at these ideas.

1. Choose Appropriate Flowers

Flowers have always been part of a traditional funeral service, but you can be creative with your choices. Did your loved one have a favorite flower? Perhaps you could arrange the flowers with a specific design in mind.

For example, sports lovers could have flowers arranged into a football or basketball. If you aren’t sure what to do, ask your florist for some inspiration on celebrating the person your loved one was.

2. Picture Collage

Pictures from the past are an ideal way to spark good memories. Try gathering as many pictures of your loved one as possible and create a picture board that everyone can view at the funeral. Where you place the board is entirely up to you.

Some people prefer to leave collages for people to view at their leisure during wakes. Not only does this ensure that everyone gets a chance to see your tribute, but it can also create an appropriate conversation that keeps the event positive.

3. Tribute Video

There are so many ways to be creative with a tribute video. American funeral traditions can be personalized by adding a video to the service. They can even replace eulogies and speeches if family and friends are too emotional to speak on the day.

If your loved one passed from a long illness, you may have had the chance to plan the funeral together. Videos are an excellent way for the one who has passed to record a message to play at the funeral. Videos can include songs, pictures, messages, and more. If you have difficulty putting it together, a professional videographer could help.

4. Showcase an Organization

Many people ask attendees to donate money to a charity in lieu of flowers. If your loved one worked with a particular charity or was passionate about a cause, why not consider showcasing an organization at the funeral. For example, if your loved one was passionate about helping animals you could provide information about a local dog shelter or animal rescue.

Planning Traditional Funerals

Planning traditional funerals with meaningful elements isn’t easy. At Schumacher and Benner funeral services, we can help you plan a send-off your loved one would be proud of. We understand how important it is to celebrate the life of someone you loved, so let us do all the hard work for you.

Why not contact us to discuss our preplanning options? 

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