How to Plan a Celebration of Life If No Instructions Were Given

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dealing with the lose of a loved one is never easy, however it can be even more stressful when you have no instructions for their service or end of life celebrations.  In some cases if the passing of your loved one is unexpected it can be challenging to grieve and plan the perfect celebration of life. Here at Hurd Funeral Home, we have many professionals that can help guide you through this difficult process. Within this article we will take a look at the steps necessary to planning a celebration of life tailored to your passed loved one.


Focus on the Memories

Unlike a funeral, a celebration of life is very focused on the memories of the life lived by your loved one. Like the name suggests a celebration of life is exactly that, it is a celebration of the life and positive memories that people have shared with your loved one. It is a time for you to cherish the memories that you shared with the deceased.  Before you even get to the planning stages try to think of all the memories that you would want to include in the celebration, even ask for the help and participation of friends and family to help make this process a little easier for you.


Memory Displays

One of the most important aspects of a celebration of life is the personal touch and those normally come in the form of photos or objects that were associated with the deceased. They give those in attendance something tangible to grasp at and even to share their own memories that they remember with those objects or pictures. If there is an object, such as an article of clothing like a sports jersey, that you believe will help bring some happiness to those in attendance, it is a great choice for the display.



By having active participation of friends and family it can also help elevate some stress on you for planning the celebration of life. You can ask for friends and family to submit photos or their favourite memories of your loved one and try to find a way to incorporate that.


There are many ways to plan a celebration of life and each and everyone is different. If you have any further questions on the topic, please contact us at Hurd Funeral Home.


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