How to Plan a Life-Honoring Tribute

When you’ve lost a loved one, planning a funeral service can be a daunting task. You’re probably already under pressure and in mourning — and suddenly you’re faced with decisions that must be made about music, readings, a reception and more. Maybe you are even responsible for choosing a funeral home and final resting place. It can be stressful, but it might help you if you don’t think of the funeral as a formal event. Instead, it can be an end-of-life celebration that reflects your loved one’s personality.

As memories are shared, bonds are strengthened and new connections are formed. People grieve together and comfort each other, and this is an important part of the healing process. As you plan the tribute, it’s helpful to consider several things:

  • Think about your loved one’s favorite things. Music and readings can be tailored to incorporate favorites, but there’s so much more to explore. What did your loved one do for a living? Were there any special hobbies or interests? What was this person truly passionate about? Using these things as the basis for a memorial can help you create a unique, life-honoring tribute.
  • Consider adding signature services such as a dove release. You might also plan a video tribute or some other special touch to make the service memorable.
  • Build in time at the memorial for people to share stories and memories. Remembering the person who has died is an important step in the healing process, and the funeral or memorial service is a wonderful place to start. When stories are told and memories are shared, people often smile and even laugh, remembering what was wonderful about the person they loved.
  • Displaying photographs and memorabilia is a good way to reflect your loved one’s personality. These items can spark memories and start conversations in which people reflect with fondness on the life that was lived.

Skylawn Memorial Park, Funeral Home, Cemetery, and Crematory has been serving the community since 1959, and since that time, we’ve helped plan many different funerals and memorials. Whether you’ve suffered a recent loss or are preplanning for your own future need, our professional, compassionate staff can help. Call (650) 227-3142 today to learn about all we have to offer.

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