What is Celebration of Life
The Celebration of Life is often an opportunity for those who have shared a common loss to gather and find solace, form new relationships, renew old friendships, and celebrate their memories of the person. In some cases, it can be a time of healing as people move from profound sadness to thankfulness. It can also be a cathartic process whereby people "say goodbye" to the departed one in a symbolic fashion. The intent is not just mourning but honoring their life by living well ourselves. The idea is that people who are grieving can find hope, encouragement, and strength in this process.
Celebration of Life vs Traditional Funeral
The purpose of funeral practices is the acknowledgment of the death of one's own. Whether it be through celebrating or mourning, customs are meant to make sense out of an incomprehensible passing. The Celebration of Life is typically a celebration held after the funeral. The Celebration of Life is usually larger and better attended than the funeral. The Celebration of Life is often seen as a joyful event, where the mourners celebrate the life journey of their departed loved one. It may take place at home with close friends and family members, or it may be more formalized.
In general, funerals celebrate the deceased as a person whose life has been lived and now there is a need to take care of their remains in an appropriate way. Funeral service is the celebration of that individual's life - it's a way for family and friends to come together one last time to share their memories, achievements, aspirations, dreams, and hopes with each other.
How to Plan a Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life is a special event that often takes place after the death of a loved one. Celebrations can be held for any age and are all about celebrating life in general. The ceremony usually involves rituals, remembrances, food, music, and poetry readings to honor the person's life. Here are some tips on organizing such an event:
- Who will be invited? Planning a celebration of life? Invite everyone who would want to be there and then set it aside. You can add new names when you think about them!
- You must find an appropriate time and place for your celebration. Be sure that your imagined location is available on schedule or travel plans for those guests before you make any final decisions. So, all guests can attend as well-not just those who live nearby or travel into town easily on the day itself!
- Having someone orchestrate or conduct these celebrations can be very meaningful, as they guide what could otherwise just feel like chaos in your mind. A celebrant can help with organizing and conducting various aspects, including planning service for their loved one. They will also ensure that everyone involved—from family members to guests-gets something special out of this day so it becomes not just an event but rather a memorable occasion where all feel included.
- Who should speak at the event? In some cases, family members or friends may very directly request to make a short presentation about their relationship with the deceased; other times you need to go out and ask those in attendance if they would be willing to publicly share what memories come up for them during this time of celebration. Either way, we must select someone who had close ties throughout life so there are meaningful contributions made from all attendees which reflect well on one another as well as themselves too!
- What food or beverages should be served in a celebration of life? The choice is yours! You can adapt the menu to match any theme, such as a favorite dish of your loved one. For example, "potluck" celebrations where guests bring foods they know will go well together and everyone chooses what he likes from among those brought by others in attendance at the table.
- Readings and music to be played. Music is a big part of life for many people and making sure the right music is played at your loved one's celebration of life would be an excellent way to show them how much you care. But if they didn't appreciate any type or genre - whether it was rap songs from decades past or pop hits today - then reading spiritual selections may better suit their tastes as well!
- What are your favorite memories of this person? What was their most influential moment in life and how did it affect you? It's not necessary for every detail of their life story or anecdote, sometimes all that’s needed is one short moment in time when they were at their most insightful, memorable, and/or funny. Sometimes we can reveal someone's character by choosing just one short moment in life for them.
- What will you be decorating for your loved one's celebration of life? There are many ways to go about it. Memorials serve to celebrate life and remember those who have passed. There are many ways you can honor the memories of your loved ones, like creating an informative tribute video or setting up an outdoor memorial with pictures to commemorate them forevermore.
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