My Wonderful Life

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Provide guests with small gifts to remind them of you:

  • If you love to cook, provide guests with a stack of your favorite recipes
  • If you’re a photographer, provide guests with some of your favorite snapshots
  • If you love to garden, provide guests with a packet of flower seeds so they can plant them in your memory
  • If you’re an avid wildlife person, ask your guests to release wildlife in your memory (pheasants, butterflies, birds etc.)
  • If you absolutely love ice-cream (or any other type of food), throw an ice-cream social after the ceremony (or for the ceremony, if you prefer)
  • If you’re all about being Green, invite guests to plant several trees in your honor
  • If you do a lot of volunteer work, provide guests with the information of the places you volunteer at and ask them to continue doing your work
  • If you were a firefighter or other type of serviceman, have your funeral procession led by the respective vehicle
  • Animal lover?  Invite your guests to bring their pets to an outdoor ceremony
  • If you plan on having a very small, intimate funeral ceremony, consider writing all of your guests a personal note
  • If you’re a music writer or song composer, provide your guests with a pre-recorded version of one of your songs
  • If you’re a writer, write your own obituary and funeral message.  That way it’s you speaking to your guests, not someone else speaking about you
  • If you’re an artist, create a self portrait of yourself which could be photocopied and given to your guests
  • Compile your favorite photographs and create a slideshow that could be shown during the ceremony or reception.  That way, you’re the one in charge of sharing the memories you want to with your guests.  
  • If you participate in an activity or sporting event (softball, basketball, triathlon, broomball etc) ask individuals to create a team in your memory and play or participate for a season
  • Provide postcards that are addressed (to family, for example) and stamped, then, ask guests to take a few home with them and when they think of a special memory, they can write it down on the postcard and mail it.  That way, special memories and stories can always be shared with the family
  • Instead of having your casket covered in expensive flowers, encourage family members and friends to bring in memorabilia to lie on the casket instead (IE: old jerseys, hand made blankets, pictures etc).  This allows all funeral guests to share in special memories.  

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