When a loved one passes away, there are many services families can choose from to honor them. The most commonly chosen are funerals and memorial services. However, there is another service that is gaining popularity is and that is a celebration of life service. As directors of funeral homes in White Oak, TX. it is our job to help families decide which one would be best for their loved one. Today we are going to talk more about celebration of life services to help you know if this might be an appropriate choice for your loved one.
What is a Celebration of Life Event?
A celebration of life event is as it sounds; it is a celebration. This service celebrates the deceased as well as their life here on earth. While funerals and memorials tend to be more solemn events, celebration of life services are a more joyous, uplifting event. These events can be created to include religious elements such as prayers, or be completely secular in nature and tone.
When is the Celebration Held?
These events can be held anytime from immediately following the death to months afterwards. Typically the body of the deceased is not present. Because of this, the family has much more time to plan and prepare for the event. This extra time also allows those who wish to attend but live far ample time to make travel and work arrangements. It can also give the family more flexibility in where the celebration will be held.
Where is the Celebration Held?
While funerals and memorials tend to be held in the funeral home, church, or other religious location, celebration of life events can take place anywhere the family would like. Some popular choices for these events are:
- Banquet halls
- Club houses
- Golf courses
- Bars Backyards
- Campsites Sports complexes
- Local parks
Since these events can take place anywhere, they offer an opportunity to have it in a place that was special to your loved one, making this event truly customized to honor the deceased.
What is the Format?
Celebration of life events are unique in that there are no social expectations or “norms” of how they should be. This allows you and your family to make a truly unique event for your loved one. While some families may choose to have a format like that of a memorial service, other families may choose to have no format at all making it a free flow party atmosphere. You can even have a combination of the two.
We Are Here to Help
Deciding on the perfect service for your loved one is not easy. With so many options, it can tough to decide. Remember that you do not have to make this decision alone. Talk it over with other family members and let them help you.
If you need more help deciding, know that we are here. As directors of funeral homes in White Oak, TX. we are here to walk you through this difficult time and let you know what needs to be done, as well as inform you of all your options. So contact us today if you need help or would like to get more information about our services.