What is a celebration of life? How does it differ from a traditional funeral service? And what should you expect if you’ve been invited to or plan to arrange one in the future? Celebrations of life have become extremely popular, and as specialists in this field, we receive similar questions surrounding this topic every single day.
So, we thought we’d compile a list of commonly asked questions and answer them right here. Read on as we explore all you need to know about a celebration of life.
What is a celebration of life?
A celebration of life is a ceremony typically held after, or instead of, a traditional funeral service. It aims to celebrate the life of a loved one in a positive way, focusing on the good times and memories made.
Families that hold a celebration of life generally choose a direct cremation for their loved one beforehand. Instead of focusing on grieving and the sadness of saying goodbye, they then use the celebration of life as a unique send off.
A celebration of life brings happiness, usually with an activity that concentrates on the deceased’s personality. It's about highlighting the joy they brought to others during the time they lived.
What is the difference between a celebration of life and traditional funeral service?
Traditionally, funerals aren’t pleasant services to attend by any means. They’re gloomy, sad, and dispiriting, focusing on mourning rather than celebration.
While it’s good to mourn and honour your loved one respectfully, many now choose to do so in a more upbeat fashion.
Some decide that both a funeral service and celebration of life will be held in honour of their loved one, but a growing number of people are now opting to leave the traditional funeral behind.
This is where a direct cremation comes in. A direct cremation takes place before the celebration of life, allowing you to celebrate your loved one’s life at any time and place that suits you. Many even choose to bring the ashes along.
A celebration of life is also not held at a crematorium or church like a traditional funeral will be.
But how does a celebration of life compare to a memorial service?