“Life should not only be lived; it should be celebrated.”
After a loss, one of the most rewarding and healing things a family can do is create a celebration of their loved one’s life. Just as their life was worth living, their passing is worth celebrating and remembering.
Celebrations needn’t be long, involved or complicated, although they can be. It’s really up to the family—their needs, wants and energy.
It may be cliché, but it’s true—while we bury our dead, memorials and celebrations are really for the living. Such ceremonies allow survivors to acknowledge the loss, share memories and gain support from those around them. Those are all important factors in the grieving process.
Celebrations of life can—and should—be as personal as the lives they commemorate. Cotter Funeral & Cremation Care's staff are willing and able to help you create the most meaningful celebration for your family and guests. Here are just a few ideas to get started—the options are limited only by your imagination.
- Personalized décor. Did your loved one collect kites or kitchenware? Was she an artist? A veteran? From crafting a simple photo board to transforming a gathering space into an art gallery to filling a room with collectibles—or parking his prized motorbike outside!—think outside the box to make this once-in-a-life celebration meaningful…and memorable.
- Meaningful music. Did your loved one sing her grandchild that one familiar lullaby every night? Listen to contemporary music non-stop? Write her own folk songs? Play the ukulele? Try to incorporate music that inspires the guests and remembers the deceased.
- Specially selected readings. Biblical verses may have meaning for some. For others, it may be a favorite Emily Dickinson poem. Or maybe the deceased was an author herself. There are endless options for personalizing the readings at the service.
- Thoughtful gestures. Did Grandma’s dog sleep at her feet? Why not consider bringing her pet to the service? Or inquire about other commemorative gestures, like dove releases; our professional staff has many resources to recommend.
- Special guests. Even though Grandpa is gone, he might appreciate having his beloved grandson sing a song, read a poem or leave behind a crayon drawing. Invite guests to participate in any way they feel comfortable.
- Legacy gifts. For more lasting take-home gifts, ask our staff members about video tributes, scrapbooks, memory jewelry and other touching items friends and family will cherish long after the service is done.
We invite you to contact us to explore options for how to honor and remember your loved one in a way that is truly unique and memorable. Share with us your stories and ideas so we can help you create a celebration of life that is personal for your family.