When a person passes on, the family and friends organize for a celebration of life service to bid the deceased goodbye. The celebration of life service can happen after many weeks or months of the funeral. The mood at the celebration of life event should not be sombre because the main reason for the ceremony is to close the chapter of the loved one. There are various steps that must be followed when preparing for this event.
First and foremost, it is important to create a list of those who will attend the event. This list should have close friends, relatives, and colleagues of the deceased member. Having considered the list, the next step is the venue. If you want a small event, you can have the celebration at a private home or park. On the other hand, in case you want a big event, you can hire a hall or a funeral home. This article is meant to provide vital ideas on how this ceremony should be conducted. These are as follows:
ü Memory table-This table has the images, scrapbook and other personal items for the death member. For instance, if the person was a police officer you can have his boots and uniform displayed on this table.
ü Video slideshow-This is one of the activities in this event which will arouse emotions. You can have a slideshow that gives a brief history of the deceased person from his childhood years to the time they passed on. When you go through these videos, it is important to select the best one. Avoid giving all the details of your loved ones but just select a few that captures the high moments in life.
ü Memorial notecards-You can have notecards beautifully printed so that each person attending is given it to write a good thing about the deceased. These cards are well kept for future generations.
ü Plantable seed cards-You can have individualized cards with flower seeds for callers. When the seeds are planted and the flowers blossom a good memory for the deceased person is celebrated. Top class funeral homes have plenty of these cards.
ü Balloon release-You can have these balloons released simultaneously to the sky by the guests. This can of gesture is performed when celebrating the life one a child.
ü Music-It is important to select the kind of music that should be played at the celebration. You can decide to play the music that your loved one like or choose music that highlights the main theme of celebration. If your loved ones used to like specific spiritual texts, you can read the extracts.
ü Food and beverages-You can choose to go by what your loved one liked or select what you think is appropriate.