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Funerals at funeral homes in Fleming Island, FL are somber events, leaving many people feeling worse afterwards instead of better. What can you do? You can’t skip the service, as the act of holding a service is very important for the grieving and healing process.
That’s where celebrations of life come in. Funerals are generally more subdued events at which people speak in hushed tones and have subdued manners. Celebrations of life are usually more casual with the emphasis on the positives of the person’s life rather than the sadness of their passing.
A celebration of life, as the name denotes a celebration, so guests should expect a joyful event. Many people choose to hold a celebration of life in order to celebrate their lost loved one’s life rather than mourn their loss. These services are often more like parties than funerals, commemorating the deceased’s life. Since celebrations of life are unlike funerals, they require different attire other than funerals. Generally, the bereaved ask celebration of life guests to wear more casual, bright, or upbeat clothing to mark the happier tone of the occasion. Guests can also send flowers to bring color and life to the event, or to honor an aspect of the deceased’s life such as colors of a favorite sports team or an alma mater. Celebrations of life are also most commonly held at someone’s home, a garden, park, or a rented venue, unlike funerals that are held at funeral homes and churches. However, many funeral homes are starting to offer celebration of life services. Similar to memorial services, these events are held after the cremation or burial, while some choose to hold them a year after the death as an anniversary commemoration.
Think of a celebration of life as a more upbeat memorial service. The choice to have a celebration of life instead of a funeral is usually at the behest of the deceased but can also be based on the bereaved’s personality. There really are no hard and fast rules about what celebrations of life should be. They can be whatever the bereaved and the deceased want them to be. If you’re looking for inspiration for a celebration of life, you can make a playlist of the deceased’s favorite music or songs to play at the event, display some of the deceased’s prized possessions like collections, photos, or even clothing, encourage guests to share funny and happy memories as well as poignant ones, ask friends and family to share their happy memories, or have people bring photos and mementos.
No matter what you plan for your lost loved one’s celebration of life it should be positive and a chance to remember the best of the deceased’s life. We can help you plan a service for your lost loved one with our expert Fleming Island, FL funeral home services. Call or visit us today to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss or preplanning.