If it’s not a traditional funeral or cremation, what happens?
A traditional funeral. Hymn singing. Prayers in an unfamiliar church. Followed by a burial or cremation nearby? Or… a Celebration of Life, in a place your loved one enjoyed, focussing on the good times, the memories and the joy you shared?
Because you see, although the passing of a relative or friend is a very sad time, celebrating a life is a chance to focus on the person, celebrate the individual, their achievements and their life. And we don’t think it should be a sombre affair.
Could we inspire you to consider a Celebration of Life? Funeral wishes vary so much from person to person and family to family. It is a very personal choice and breaking from tradition is a bold step.
No funeral…what happens?
So, if you don’t have a funeral, how does it all work?
When choosing a Celebration of Life, there is no funeral or cremation – or at least not one that you attend. Your loved one is treated with the upmost care. It’s about taking the stress and worry away from you and allowing you to concentrate on the joys of the life.
We handle the cremation
The cremation takes place completely separately. We liaise closely with well respected direct cremation service, Pure Cremations. They handle all aspects of the cremation whilst we make the necessary arrangements for the ashes in line with your instructions. They are returned to our secure premises and cared for until a date is agreed between us.
We create a Celebration
When creating a Celebration of Life, we consider ourselves to be very privileged. We get to know all about your loved one – their life and your wishes for their send off. To really get to know your loved one, we look at all of their favourites – places, foods, music, hobbies, memories, it’s important that we make it unique.
From this, we can recommend, source and organise a fitting tribute for them and ensure everything is perfect and give their story a happy ending.
It can be what you want it to be
You may want to have a small gathering at home with just close family, perhaps an afternoon tea or a garden party outdoors. Or if you want to have a larger scale get together with family, friends and colleagues, it could be held at a venue, playing the music they enjoyed and serving up their favourite foods. It really depends on the individual and how they would want their memories to be shared.
If you’d like to know about my wishes for my own Celebration of Life, then you can read all about them here.
We’d love to know what you think about Celebrations of Life. Do you have an idea of how you would like yours to be? Tell us in the comments below or contact us.
We would be honoured to help you arrange a Celebration of Life for your loved one. Please get in touch if you have any queries.