If you’re hosting a celebration of life for someone you love, there are a variety of things you can do to honor their memory and make the event a special one. From personal stories to favorite foods, these simple yet thoughtful ideas can help guests connect and remember your loved one in a meaningful way.
Music is a powerful reminder of memories, so consider creating a playlist that includes your loved one’s favorite songs. It can be played at the event or shared with friends and family afterwards. You could also ask guests to share their favorite memories in writing and display them at the celebration, or create a private shared playlist where they can add their own messages. Many people find comfort in sharing their condolences and reminiscing on happy times with the deceased. It’s important to be sensitive and respectful, but telling happy or humorous stories can make an emotional connection with guests and show how much your loved one meant to you.
A memorial tree is a beautiful way to celebrate a life well-lived, especially if the person loved nature and being outdoors. Planting a tree in a place of worship, at a park (with city approval) or even in the backyard is a great way to keep your loved one’s memory alive. If you’d like to do something a little more unique, you can have your loved ones’ family members or friends write their memories on paper lanterns and launch them into the sky.
The grief we feel after losing a spouse, child, parent or friend can be difficult to express. If you’re unsure of what to say or don’t know how to process your feelings, quotes can be a helpful tool. You can find many different quotes on the Internet that are related to death and the meaning of life. Pick a few that you connect with and use them in your speech or as a reminder of the good times you shared together.