Meaningful Funerals

A meaningful funeral is a personalized funeral, one that is a tribute to the life that's been lived, not the death that's occurred.

Families better cope with the pain of death by involving themselves in the planning of meaningful tributes to their loved ones.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt writes:

When you are planning a funeral, personalizing the ceremony should be a priority. Think about the special qualities of the person who died and what he or she meant to others. Consider his or her passions, hobbies, pastimes, likes, dislikes. How can you capture this unique life? Be as creative as you, together with your family, friends, funeral director, and the person who will lead the service, brainstorm how to remember and honor the person who died.
-- from Funerals: A Consumer's Guide

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Honoring A Life

Planning the funeral of a loved one is never easy. Take a moment to reflect on these questions. They can help organize your thoughts and allow you to plan a more personal, meaningful ceremony. As Eda LaShan said, "Nothing can help us face the unknown future with more courage and optimism than remembering the glory moments, and everybody has a few of them."

Think of five words that describe him.

What traits did you admire most?

Did he ever give you any words of wisdom?

What relationships were important to her?

Other than family, who will be affected by her death?

Who had the most influence on her life?

What did he do for fun when he was younger?

In later years, how did he enjoy spending his free time?

What type of things gave him pleasure?

What things interested her?

What accomplishments made her proudest?

Was she a member of any clubs or organizations?

How would he want to be remembered?

What stories would he want passed on to future generations?

What objects could you collect that capture what he was about?

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