The loss of a loved one can be a difficult experience, filled with stress and sadness. Funerals often add to these difficulties due to the gloomy atmosphere of mourning friends and family.
A celebration of life service is a joyful alternative to the dreary, traditional funeral service. It brings your loved ones together to celebrate a life well lived, focusing on the good times and memories made.
But if you haven’t planned a celebration of life before, you may be wondering where to start.
So, to help you get started with brainstorming ideas, here’s our ultimate checklist for planning a celebration of life.
Planning a celebration of life
The process of planning a celebration of life is really just a matter of asking and answering questions. We recommend you sit down with family members and friends to explore ideas which may arise from the following questions:
1. Do you have a budget?
Before you can begin planning a celebration of life, it’s important to bring up the dreaded topic of money.
Talk to your family and come to an agreement for the event’s budget. Once you are aware of what can be spent, it will make planning the event easier, allowing you to honour your loved one without causing financial stress.
2. Who should be invited to the celebration of life?
Whilst many funeral services are open to the public, a celebration of life often consists of a smaller, more private group who were most meaningful to the deceased.
The number of guests that are likely to attend will also help dictate several other decisions down the line. For instance, you may look into booking a venue which advertises a maximum capacity. So, make a list of the people you think would want to attend and start counting.
3. When should the celebration of life be held?
Because a celebration of life is not dictated by the burial of a body, the event can be planned at a time perhaps more convenient for those wanting to attend.
You could even go as far as choosing a significant date in the life of your loved one. Perhaps you decide to arrange the celebration on their birthday or wedding anniversary?
4. Where should the celebration of life take place?
Typically, funerals are held at a church or funeral home. However, the great thing about a celebration of life is that you have complete control over the location. While you could decide a church or another religious place will fit, there are so many other options you may not have even thought about.
Some families decide to hold the celebration in the comfort of their own homes. Others choose a private or public venue with a more meaningful narrative.