Do you know how important a personalized memorial can be? Studies show that the more personalized and memorable a memorial service is the more it helps not only honor the deceased but also offer some relief for the bereaved during their time of loss. There are lots of ways you can customize a memorial service to honor and remember the deceased after a cremation service in Penn Township, PA.
You can establish a memorial together, or find a way to include their favorite things, such as memorial work of art, collage or timeline. You can also invite guests to take an item home. Some ideas for the service are putting out special food, adding decorations, setting up a memory table or stations, and sharing photos and videos.
Use this list of ideas to help inspire you to make a custom memorial after a cremation:
- Put Out Special Food – Food is a serious comfort for a lot of people. Take inspiration from the deceased’s favorite foods and put out a special spread for guests at the service.
- Add Decorations – It might seem like bad form to decorate a memorial service after a cremation, but decorations can actually make the service more special and unique. You can add decorations in any form you want, from lamps and rugs to artwork, flowers and everything in between. Bring decorations that somehow represent or honor the deceased. For example, if she loved to stitch, you could hang some of her work. Or if he loved a certain artist you could display copies of famous artwork.
- Set Up a Memory Table or Stations – A memory table is an easy way to help make a memorial service custom and personalized. It’s a simple and free way to show items that either meant a lot to the deceased, show their personality, or represent the deceased to other people. You can put almost anything on a memory table such as photos, sunglasses, ticket stubs from special events, letters, favorite vases or flowers, beloved clothing, or anything else that was special to or about the deceased. You can also make several memory stations as opposed to just one table. There can be themed tables with each one showing a part of the deceased’s life, such as wedding memories, school items, and children and grandchildren.
- Share Photos and Videos – Many bereaved families make photo collages or montage videos for a memorial service. These items are treasured by the family, but other bereaved like friends and coworkers would appreciate access to them as well. Consider uploading any montages or videos online to share with other people. You can use Google Drive, Drop Box, or YouTube. Make the files accessible with only a certain link and print the link on the service program so guests can access it if they choose.
These ideas are just a few of the many, many ways that you can make a memorial after a cremation service unique and meaningful to help ease the pain of loss and honor the deceased. If you need more ideas, look to the deceased for inspiration from his or her life.
Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. is here to help if you want to learn more about Penn Township, PA cremation services. We offer expert cremation services designed to help you during your time of loss. Please give us a call today for more information about what we can do for you.