PERSONAL TOUCHES TO MAKE YOUR SEND-OFF MEMORABLE
Celebrating a loved ones life is a key part of saying farewell. Here we take a look at the different ways you can plan a send-off that’s as unique as you are
Changing attitudes towards funerals means that the traditional send-off has come a long way in recent years, with more and more people planning their own funerals. Traditionally a solemn and sombre affair, the evolution of funerals means that today, ceremonies are more personalised, heart-warming and even quite uplifting. Guests are often asked to wear bright colours, and the burial or scattering of ashes can take place in a variety of beautiful and unique locations. To help give you some inspiration, read on for three simple ways you can start planning a send-off that’s as unique as you are.
1 Choose music that means something to you
Do you have that one favourite song, hymn or piece of music that moves you, makes you smile, or brings back a special memory? People usually have something playing at the start of the funeral, and again at the end, so choose pieces that really mean something to you, or that people will relate to you.
2 Put a smile on their faces
Have a think about the little things you like, your favourite treats or indulgences. If wine gums are your weakness, or only a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk will do, then you could ask for your favourite treats to be handed out during the service. Or ask for your favourite tipple to be distributed at your wake for a toast. It’s personal touches like these that can really put a smile on people’s faces and help them remember the good times.
3 Make it colourful
Guests are often asked to avoid black clothes at a funeral these days. But why not take it one step further and ask for guests to come in bright, cheery colours to mark the celebration of your life? Or request that guests are asked to wear one item of clothing in your favourite colour, even the men can get involved with teal, pink or purple ties!