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

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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!

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