For some families, a traditional funeral service doesn’t feel like the right fit. It may seem too somber or too structured for the lifestyle of the loved one who has passed or for the family as a whole. Perhaps your loved one made specific requests that don’t fit into the orthodox idea of a funeral. In these cases, it may be appropriate to arrange a more flexible “celebration of life” that reflects the personality and wishes of the deceased.
At O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, we welcome and encourage creativity in the arrangement process. Our funeral directors are happy to help your family achieve your vision however possible, whether that be executing on a specific request or even being part of the brainstorm process.
Incorporating aspects of your loved one’s life such as their favorite hobbies, the career they were passionate about, or their love of family will help make it feel more like a celebration of all that they stood for.
What celebration would be complete without food or treats? Gathering with your friends and family for a reception or luncheon in addition to the service can be a great way to come together as a group in a less formal setting. Whether it’s a full meal or some light refreshments, the addition of food and drink can bring comfort and allow loved ones to feel more relaxed as they visit and share memories with one another. Arranging a luncheon or similar event can also be a compassionate way to thank attendees who may have traveled far or gone out of their way to pay their respects and support the family.
If your family wishes to host such a gathering, our staff would be happy to help you coordinate the details. Our funeral directors frequently help families plan luncheons and receptions that take place in local restaurants or other venues.
We know that sometimes the smallest details are the ones that stick with us forever and continually bring us joy. Some may not notice the subtle, special touches carefully woven into the celebration while others are deeply moved by them.
A special touch can be anything, from a curated playlist of your loved one’s favorite songs to a hand-out with their signature recipe on it. These details pay small but significant homage to the unique personality and lasting legacy of your loved one.
If you have a special touch you’d like to include in your celebration of life, don’t hesitate to let your funeral director know. We are happy to accommodate most requests in order to give families a memorable and uplifting experience.
You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.