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Tips for Personalizing Your Loved One’s Funeral

Published: December 19, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

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Everyone has a unique personality and interests. So, when planning a loved one’s funeral before a cremation service in Arnold, MO, you may wonder how much personalization you can add.

However, while a funeral may seem like a rigid affair, there are, in fact, several opportunities for personalization. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can make your loved one’s funeral reflect their personality.

This blog post will explore some of the best ideas for making your loved one’s send-off as memorable as possible:

Add Photos or Artwork to the Service Program

An effective way to bring some personality to a funeral program is to add photos or artwork to the cover. This will give attendees a sense of the deceased’s life while providing a creative and decorative touch to the program.

If you like, you could create a themed collage of photos from the deceased’s life. The collage could include pictures of loved ones, childhood photos, or photos of their favorite hobbies.

You could also choose to add a favorite piece of artwork or poem. It can be a great way to honor the aesthetic sensibilities of the deceased.

Choose a Theme and Color Scheme

Funerals are an opportunity to celebrate the deceased and reflect on the impact that they made during their lifetime. One of the best ways to do this is to decide on a theme for the funeral service.

The theme could be the deceased’s favorite hobby or incorporate the deceased’s favorite color into the funeral. A dress code is an easy way to express this idea.

Organize Musical Tributes

One of the best ways to bring the deceased’s personality to the funeral is to add a musical tribute to the service. This could range from a simple hymn to a full-blown cover of a classic rock song.

The deceased’s friends and family can also send in their favorite songs and compile them into a playlist to play during the service. This is an affordable way to celebrate the deceased and elicit fond memories from the people who knew and loved them.

Add Memorial Elements to the Service

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Another route is by adding memorial elements to the service. For example, you could ask guests to write down their favorite memories of the deceased or write a poem about their impact on others. These tributes can be added to a large decorative board or collage.

Another option is to read aloud testimonials and letters of condolence sent to you. These can be a touching way to honor the deceased’s life while also letting their friends and family know how people loved them.

By now, you get the idea. There are different ways to bring your loved one’s personality into their funeral. How you do that is up to you and what’s appropriate for your audience.

We can also help you put your ideas together. As part of our cremation services in Arnold, MO, we work with families to craft unique, befitting farewells for their loved ones. And we can help with yours. Call us now to speak with our funeral director.

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