Quite simply, there are no rules. When someone you love passes, the grieving, farewell and celebration of life processes are all individual decisions. At Care Memorial we stand ready to help you regardless of the stage you’re experiencing.
Many families choose to schedule a service at a location that was particularly meaningful to their lost loved one. We’ve seen everything from outings at a White Sox game or a day at the races at Arlington to an intimate gathering in a home or favorite restaurant. Whatever your choice, the most important thing is to honor the deceased.
It’s important to remember that the event is as much for them as it is for you! Grief is always difficult and a meaningful celebration can go a long way toward starting to bring closure on the loss.
When trying to determine an appropriate “celebration of life” service, consider your loved one’s favorite:
- Family traditions
- History—military or work
Take all this into consideration along with the number who might attend, size of venue and potential cost.
Once you select the location, if appropriate,
- consider creating a memorial display or tribute video with photos that bring warmth and happy memories.
- order from a favorite restaurant or cook favorite dishes.
- Bring favorite personal items—a treasured figurine, sport item or military service mementos.
- Play music with special meaning.
In addition, encourage participants to share favorite stories or memories. In doing so, it helps start or continue the grieving process. If you have questions about planning a celebration of life, please ask us.