At Simpson Funeral Home and Cremation, we realize that each of our neighbors in Monaca and Rochester wants their loved one’s funeral to be an unforgettable experience. Adding personal touches to a funeral ensures your loved one’s celebration is both memorable and meaningful.
Highlight the five senses.
If a loved one had a favorite color, request that guests wear that in their honor. Many families also pay tribute by featuring a beloved flower or plant. Here at Simpson, we have a variety of flower arrangements and bouquets as well as other special keepsakes available to help you personalize your funeral. You might consider including a recipe your loved one was known for. These kinds of details bring their memory to life in a special way.
Oftentimes, a tangible reminder of someone who has died helps facilitate the grieving and healing process. A keepsake gift doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. It can be as simple as a packet of seeds to plant your loved one’s favorite flower, a postcard featuring an image of their hometown, or recipe cards to make their favorite food items.
Release lanterns or balloons.
Releasing remembrance or memorial lanterns (also known as Chinese sky lanterns) can encourage people to express and release emotions revolving around a death. These lanterns light up the sky and symbolize sending a loved one’s spirit out into the infinite. This can be a beautiful thing to incorporate into a funeral. If you’d rather forego the fire element for the sake of safety and ease, releasing colorful balloons into the air can achieve a similar effect.
Create a quote board.
A DIY quote board is a unique way to incorporate personal aspects of your loved one into the service while involving your guests in an engaging activity. Ask them to contribute favorite sayings or phrases your loved one liked to use. Have a pen or marker handy so they can add quotes to the board at the actual event. A quote board brings a personal, interactive element to a funeral or memorial service.
If you’d like to find out more about personalization and ways to make your loved one’s funeral here in Monaca and Rochester special, contact our dedicated staff today. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about planning a funeral and are here for you 24/7.