July 29, 2013

How to Plan a Funeral to Honor Your Loved Ones

Filed under: seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 10:18 am

Courtesy of Brionna Kennedy [brionnakennedy@gmail.com]

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in your life. However, funerals don’t have to be all about mourning and crying. With these simple tips, you can plan a funeral that celebrates your loved one’s life and honors their memory.

Make Arrangements to Suit Your Loved One’s Tastes
Everyone has different tastes, so when you’re planning a funeral, it’s important to take into account the personal preferences of the deceased. Many people have written wishes for their funerals in their will. However, even if your loved one did not leave specific direction, you can plan a How to Plan a Funeral to Honor Your Loved Onesfuneral that incorporates their own personal taste. Choose music, flowers and readings they’d enjoy. Incorporate their burial wishes into the funeral. Whether your dearly departed friend or family member would want a traditional burial or cremation, Los Angeles is home to a number of different service providers who can help you to customize the service for the deceased.

Celebrate Your Loved One’s Life
Rather than focusing on everyone’s sadness that someone is gone, you can focus the funeral on celebrating the achievements and wonderful characteristics of your loved one. Recount the goals they reached in their life, ask everyone to share what they loved about them, or just fondly remember the person who has passed away to honor them. You can celebrate your loved one’s life by doing things like:
•    Telling favorite stories about your loved one
•    Sharing a fact about the deceased that not everyone knows
•    Talking about a difficult situation your loved one overcame during their life

Create a Memorial
You can create a way for people to remember your loved one long after the funeral is over. Whether you do this with a traditional memorial fund that is created for the loved one’s family or donations made in someone’s name to a favorite charity or organization, you can create a simple but powerful way to honor their memory. You can even think of more creative ways to remember someone such as creating a scrapbook of memories or asking everyone to leave a comment on an online memorial webpage.

Using these tips will give you a great start on creating a funeral that honors your loved one. By focusing on your loved one’s tastes and remembering their life, you can create a way to remember them that lasts long after their funeral is over.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college.Brionna Kennedy-twitter She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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