Personalizing a Service
A personalized funeral will be memorable for friends and family and provide a feeling of closure knowing that the life your loved one has been truly celebrated.
When searching for ways to personalize a funeral service, remember the moments you spent with the person and try to highlight the qualities that she or he are remembered for. Consider hobbies, subjects of interest and places where the person spent much of his or her time.
We will make every attempt to provide the service that meets the needs of our families and their traditions.
- Photos and albums – There are many opportunities to display photos at a funeral service. We have easels to display picture collages, tables to hold albums and other articles of significance.
- Videos - A video of the deceased or in memory of the deceased is a moving way to share their life with others. A composite of homemade videos or a video tribute that features music, images and video can often communicate what words are unable to. We have a large TV monitor to display your homemade videos or electronic picture collages via a DVD, computer or flash drive.
- Music– Live or pre-recorded music enhances a service and provides a moving addition. Some ways to use music in the service include:
- Create a mix of the deceased’s favorite music
- Hire musicians to play live music
- Play music the deceased wrote
- Encourage musical friends and family members to perform
- Artwork - Artwork of the deceased or art created in tribute is a beautiful addition to a service. Sculptures, a slideshow of drawings or displaying artwork throughout the funeral home helps people learn more about a life that was cherished. Artwork can be displayed on the easels, tables and around the loved one.
- Bagpipes - Bagpipe music has roots in traditional Irish and Scottish funerals, but gradually became a tradition for firefighters and police officers. These days, bagpipes are commonly integrated into a service, playing tunes such as “Amazing Grace” and “Danny Boy”. They add a solemn, moving touch that is loved by many.
- Distribute keepsakes - Distribute keepsake items to friends and families that honor the deceased in a special way. Possibilities include prayer cards, candles, and ornaments.
- Display of personal items - A common method for placing focus on the unique qualities of the deceased is to set up a display of their most cherished possessions. Items that were part of a collection, creative expressions or any items that provide some physical reminder of his or her personality are a great way to try to tell their story.
- Meaningful floral arrangements - Choose the deceased’s favorite flowers or flowers that have a special meaning. For example, dahlias signify elegance and dignity.
- Customized casket corners - Casket corners can be easily customized so that the casket is decorated with a symbol that is meaningful to the deceased and loved ones.
- Engravings - Engravings displayed on a grave monument, marker, urn, casket or vault provide a personal, dignified reminder of the deceased that will last for generations to come.
- Readings of poetry and literature - Passages from the deceased’s favorite books or poems that capture the essence of life help create a service infused with wisdom and words to remember. You can also invite friends and family members to read passages or poems of their choice or write their own pieces to share.
- Clothing worn by the deceased - A simple way to make a service more personal is by dressing the deceased in clothes that were significant to their life. For example, if the deceased was passionate about their work, their work uniform would complement the service. Another example would be if they were passionate about a sport, he or she could be dressed in their own jersey or the jersey of their favorite player.