Celebrations of Life: Funeral and Memorial Services
Honor your special loved one who has departed by holding a funeral or memorial service to celebrate their life. I’ve always felt that the most special services included participation by family members with the addition of personal touches, such as a reflection on the important details of the loved one’s life.
When working with families to create this special occasion, I create an original ceremony script after I spend time gathering information from you and other family members to ensure the ceremony is unique, personal, and memorable. I can also adapt many of my Ceremony Enhancements to make a funeral or memorial service a cherished memory to honor your loved one, such as the Message in a Bottle and Seashell Toss, which are ideal for services near or on the water.
We’ll work together to include anything you wish, such as poems, music, and personal tributes from other family members that you feel will appropriately honor your loved one. Whether you want a religious or non-religious service, I can customize it to fit the needs and wishes of your loved one and those closest to the departed.
During this time of grief, I will ensure that the ceremony I create will give you a sense of comfort and closure, allowing you to reflect on the time that you shared with joy and gratitude for having had such a special person in your life.
In such a difficult time, the amount of responsibilities and questions you have may feel overwhelming to you. This is why I highly recommend working with an experienced Funeral Director, and there is only one man who stands out above the rest in my eyes: Joe Rubin of The Rubin Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Rubin caters to and welcomes all families regardless of their faith, even though his site states that he works with those affiliated with Judaic beliefs. To learn more about what sets his care apart from the rest, please visit his website: The Rubin Memorial Chapel. It will be a great first step to begin planning a service that honors the life of your loved one. Joe takes care of so much of the technical responsibilities, so you are granted the time and space to appropriately grieve and begin your healing process.
CEREMONY ENHANCEMENTS FOR MEMORIALS
Message in a Bottle
Before the service, family members closest to the departed can write their loved one a note expressing whatever thoughts and sentiments they wish their loved one to know. At the service, these messages are rolled up and placed inside a glass bottle, which is then corked and tossed into the water during a moment of silence. This symbolizes the hopes for continued connection with their loved one even though they are no longer physically with us.
This Ceremony Enhancement includes all attendees at the service. Friends and family are asked to write their deepest wish or final thoughts upon a seashell for their loved one. Guests who prefer to keep their sentiments private can choose instead to infuse the shell with their wishes. At the service, these shells are tossed into the water during a moment of silence to symbolize the hopes for continued connection with the departed loved one.
Ceremony of the Rose
The Ceremony of the Rose is yet another way to pay homage to a departed loved one, and it can involve only those closest to the loved one or every person in attendance at the service. A vase is set up beside a framed photo on a separate altar, and each person is given a rose to place within the vase as they ponder their deepest sentiments and prayers to their loved one. Depending upon how many people are involved, music adds a lovely touch during this ritual.
Releasing Doves at a memorial or funeral service is a very beautiful moment for all to witness, no matter what your beliefs are. When life gives us sadness, we seek “peace that passes all understanding.” Doves are symbolic of that peace.
Releasing doves during a memorial service visually represents the hope that your departed loved one is free and at peace. It is the hope of everyone in attendance that your departed loved one will begin this transition of life with the same freedom, ease, and peace as the doves’ flight. There are many beautiful verses — spiritual and secular alike — that can be read while performing this unique and memorable Ceremony Enhancement to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one.
Any of these Ceremony Enhancements can be adapted to suit your desires, so please do not hesitate to contact me to learn more.