A beautiful funeral service is the last thing an individual can do for a loved one. Mourning the loss of a family member or friend can be an emotional time. A funeral service provides a way to honour and celebrate the life of a loved one, and it provides a release for your grief since it offers you a chance to say a proper farewell to someone you loved. Five tips can help you plan the most meaningful and beautiful service.
Planning a Funeral Service
A funeral service will help you connect with other people for emotional support during this difficult time. No matter whether you decide to have a small funeral or a large formal service, it will take time to plan the service to ensure that it is a meaningful and memorable event. First and foremost you should ascertain whether your loved one had funeral insurance which will go a long in way covering the costs of the service. Another good tip is to enlist help to relieve you from some of the planning. Designate someone else to do the smaller tasks so that you can concentrate on the more important details. For instance, you can arrange for other family members or close friends to supervise the food and phone calls.
Things to consider when Planning a Funeral Service
The location for the ceremony, the date, the guest list and other small details should be taken into consideration if you want a beautiful funeral service. The location for the ceremony will depend on the type of funeral service. Small gatherings can be done in a funeral home chapel, but larger gatherings will need more space such as in a large church sanctuary. The date for the funeral will depend on the location of the guests. If some of the family members live out of the area, you will need to consider the time it will take for each guests to travel to the funeral location.
Choosing the Speakers
Family members or friends may be able to help you choose the speakers for the funeral service. The service will not be complete without the proper presentation from a minister, friend or other individual who knew the deceased. You can include more than one individual to speak at the funeral. The speaker should be someone who can share memories about the deceased. During the funeral service, speakers can read poems, quotes or scriptures to make the service special.
A funeral service can include music to add an extra element to the programme. Music can be soothing to the grieving family and friends. The music can be in the form of a live choir, individual singing a solo or taped music. You can choose to play the favourite songs of the deceased, or you can use some of the traditional funeral songs. Either way, the music will enhance the service.
The funeral scene can be decorated with flowers, candles, photos, awards and other memorable items to remember the loved one. The decorations can be displayed on a table so that guests can view them.
Each funeral service is different, but each one can be made beautiful with these tips. Proper planning for speakers, decorations, location and music will help you remember your loved one in a special way.
- Written by Emily Jane
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