Even the smallest touch can make a big difference in personalizing your funeral services. There's no right or wrong when it comes to celebrating your loved one and honoring their life, accomplishments, and individuality.
Honor What Made Them Unique
Personalization isn't just about honoring your loved one's individuality. It also allows family and friends to feel connected to the services and the life being honored. A memorable and meaningful service can be an important part of the healing process for those who are coping with a loss. We work closely with you to get to know your loved one's life story and brainstorm ways to represent your bond and pay tribute to their unique journey.
Life Tribute Videos
Are you looking for a beautiful way to share the memory of your loved one? We can create a one-of-a-kind video tribute by combining family photographs with cinematic introductions, the music of your choice, and professional effects in order to share your loved one's special life journey during their service. Life Tribute Videos also provide your family and friends with a meaningful keepsake long after the ceremony is over.
Our Tribute Wall is a permanent virtual tribute you can return to whenever you'd like to revisit memories and reconnect with messages of support and love from family and friends. Guests can leave text comments, videos or audio message to share condolences and offer words of support, and when words aren't enough, there's an option to leave meaningful symbols. The Celebration Wall also allows guests to view obituary and service information and order sympathy flowers directly from the site.
From the register book and memorial folders, to prayer cards and thank-you notes, our high-quality stationery sets are available in over 500 themes designed to honor your loved one's hobbies, style, and unique life path. Let us help you explore the options and choose the perfect design to create treasured keepsakes for you and your guests. It is just one extra way to personalize the service and add extra touches specific to your loved one.
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When searching for ways to personalize a funeral service, remember the moments you spent with the person and try to hone in on 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. It can help to make lists of the person’s passions, achievements and memories you shared together. There are a number of ways that these lists can be incorporated into a service:
Photos and albums – There are many opportunities to display photos at a funeral service. A projector can be used to display a picture or slideshow of the recently deceased during the procession. Pictures can be included in the program or on keepsakes.
Videos – A video of the deceased or in memory of the deceased is a moving way to share their life with others. A conglomeration of homemade videos or a video tribute that features music, images and video can often communicate what words are unable to.
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.
Music – Live or pre-recorded music invigorates a service and provides a moving addition. Some ways to use music in the service include, creating a mix of the deceased’s favorite music, hiring musicians to play live music, playing music the deceased wrote or encouraging musical friends and family members to perform.
Readings of poetry and literature –Passages from the deceased’s favorite books or poems that capture the essence of life help create a service imbued 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.
Customized funeral programs – The program handed to friends and family as they enter the service provides an easy opportunity to personalize a service. Use the program to display words of wisdom, photographs and/or memories of the deceased.
Food – Serving the favorite foods and/or beverages of the deceased is an endearing way to share their uniqueness with friends and family. You can serve all their favorite dishes after the service or hand out something during the service.
Memory readings/book – A classic way to remember the deceased is to ask friends and families to share memories. Attendees can write them down in a collective book or on notecards to be collected. Friends and family can read their memories aloud as a part of the service.
Release of balloons or butterflies – An enchanting addition to a service is the release of a pack of balloons or butterflies. Many companies are available to help provide these services. Balloons can be released with personal information imprinted on them or with something personal attached to them.
Dove release - A dove release is a potent symbol during a funeral service because the doves used in releases are trained to fly away home.
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 implemented, playing tunes such as “Amazing Grace” and “Danny Boy”. They add a solemn, moving touch that is loved by many.
Motorcycle motorcade – Motorcycle lovers can receive a send-off that celebrates their love of bikes. Motorcycle hearses are made specifically for bikers’ funerals and many funeral homes offer a complete motorcade of bikes.
Distribute keepsakes – Distribute keepsake items to friends and families that honor the deceased in a special way. Possibilities include prayer cards, candles, and ornaments.
Cards that can be planted – The paper of these cards is compostable and embedded with seeds, ready to be planted. Each time you see the flowers in bloom, you’ll be reminded of your loved one.
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 – Try to choose the deceased’s favorite flowers or choose flowers that have a special meaning. For example, dahlias signify elegance and dignity.
Celebration of cherished personality traits – If the deceased was known for a particular personality trait, find a way to incorporate it into the service. For example, have friends and family take a moment to hug each other in honor of an affectionate person.
Customized casket corners – Casket corners can be easily customized so that the casket is decorated with a symbol.
Engravings – Engravings displayed on a grave monument, marker, urn, casket or vault provide a dignified reminder of the deceased that will last for generations to come.
Plant a memorial tree or other type of plant – Planting a tree, shrub or flowers in honor of the deceased is a lovely way to symbolize the circle of life.
Erect a statue, fountain or other memorial structure – Many people choose to erect a monument or dedicate a structure to their lost loved one. Creating a plaque that commemorates the person’s life in a place they loved is a touching way to say goodbye.
A personalized funeral service touches friends and families and celebrates a life well-lived. To learn more about how to plan a personalized service, speak with your funeral director.