When someone you love passes away, you naturally wish to share to the whole world how wonderful he or she is. The memorial service--through a place like O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral & Cremation Services--is the ideal way to do just that, as well as bring closure to yourself. Consider some of these ideas or rituals for a memorial service to let everyone in attendance know how unique and special your dearest is.
Organize A Slideshow
Guests will appreciate the unexpectedness of a slideshow of photos depicting the various stage of his or her life. Add captions showing the year and place the photo occurred. This will let you share every aspect of your loved one's life, from childhood to adulthood, and all the events throughout their lifetime.
Display What They Loved
Present around the room special memorabilia or hobbies, such as collecting Star Wars items, handmade quilts, artwork, or photos of groups they coached or mentored. You might even play their favorite music and offer their favorite food or drink.
Let Literature Express What You Cannot
Quotes, poems and stories can help you sum up ideas, encourage and inspire others, and allows you to express your love, hope, and grief. Think outside the box; they do not need to be religious in nature. For example, a beautiful Eskimo proverb pronounces:
"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."
Others favor lines from Macbeth or Hamlet, or simply choose a lovely poem like Eternal Spring by Victor Hugo.
After the conclusion of the memorial service, why not experience some comforting release? Surrounded by family members and friends, you can literally release or let go of something as a group. Here are a few ideas:
- Biodegradable balloons filled with helium
- Light a candle for your loved one, but let it float away in a sky lantern
- Dove releases add a touching sense of beauty and hope
- Butterflies can be released as a mass, or individually
Open Up The Floor
As part of the eulogy, why not host an open mic session? Allow willing members of the congregation a few seconds or minutes to stand and share some words about the loved one. This way everyone can publically grieve, express their thoughts, and provide insight and memories for one another.
By implementing a few of these ideas at a loved one's memorial, you will be able to express your love for them and allow yourself time to grieve and let go surrounded by friends and family.