Funeral rituals have been present in human society for thousands of years. Burial services, memorials, and celebration of life events vary by location, but the overall theme of remembrance and honoring a loved one remains steadfast in every culture.
As customs evolve over time, celebration of life events have become a popular way to memorialize the passing of a beloved family member or friend. A celebration of life service usually occurs after the deceased person has been buried or cremated, so traditional funeral activities such as visitation, funeral order of service and graveside ceremony are not included. Due to the similarity in timing, a celebration of life event is comparable to a memorial service but it tends to be less formal and focuses more on joyfully celebrating and honoring the life that was lived.
In this current pandemic environment, many families have been unable to hold a funeral or memorial service due to social distancing guidelines and restrictions on large public gatherings. Although funeral homes are now offering virtual funerals, the limitations on social functions has made it more difficult for people to cope with the loss of a loved one. Not being able to say a final goodbye or mourn a loss with family members and friends has led to emotional stress and delayed grief in some cases.
If a bereaved family decides to postpone a funeral ceremony, it may make sense to plan a celebration of life service instead. This gives the family more time to make the necessary arrangements and personalize the event in a meaningful way. A celebration of life should be a happy affair and can help lift the mood for family members grieving the loss of their loved one. Some people view a celebration of life as a modern alternative to a traditional funeral and burial service with personal touches that both honor and remember the life of the deceased.
Personalization is important when planning a celebration of life event. Adding creative and customized details that highlight your loved one’s unique personality will make the service more memorable. Here are a few ideas to help you plan a special celebration of life service:
Holidays and anniversaries can be difficult for bereaved families grieving a loved one. If you are planning a celebration of life event during the holiday season, please check out our list of memorial ideas for the holidays.Back to Knowledge Center