Celebration of Life
For most of history, we have turned funerals to serve these purposes. And without a doubt, holding a ceremony to memorialise someone we have lost holds an important place in the process of handling grief.
While the need to mourn has not changed, the ceremonies we use to help us through the process has. For example, the use of cremation has increased holding a memorial service rather than a traditional funeral has become popular. The difference being, during a funeral the body is present while at a memorial service it is not. Memorial services also provide the flexibility of our diverse, more mobile society requires since they are not tied to a specific time and place.
But for many people, traditional funeral rituals have become too impersonal. And so we have seen the rise of the “Celebration of Life”. What is a “Celebration of Life”? A Celebration of Life is a ceremony that typically is held in lieu of a traditional funeral or memorial service. What sets these services apart is the level of personalisation and tone. A Celebration of Life is not a sombre affair. Instead, we find lots of laughter and storytelling. The focus is not on the death of the person, but on the joy that the person has brought to others. But it can stand alone as well as being incorporated as a component of a more traditional service. For some, the best arrangement is to hold a celebration of life in concert with a traditional funeral or memorial service. For others, a separate stand-alone celebration is more fitting.
Here at Gardenia Funerals, we can help you plan your personalised Celebration of Life for your beloved departed. Planning a Celebration of Life is much like planning any other gathering that commemorates a life event. Our dedicated funeral arrangers will guide on the specifics and what elements are to be incorporated.
The Celebration of Life that you choose to have does not have to be held in a funeral home. It doesn’t have to be religious. It doesn’t have to conform to any particular rules or guidelines. It can be as unique as the person that you are honouring. It is entirely up to you and your family to decide what right ceremony suits you. You are free to include only those components that your loved one would approve of or that you and your family are comfortable with. And while it may seem like a lot to think about, your expert funeral arrangers here at Gardenia Funerals will help you get started to create an event that is the perfect final send-off to celebrate the unique life of your beloved departed.
Gathering special items of significance and displaying these at a funeral is a contemporary and positive way to remember a life lived. It will also evoke special memories from those attending the service.