Perhaps you have recently been to a funeral and you have thought something like, This was beautiful and inspiring. I want something like this at my own funeral service. On the other hand, you might have been to a funeral and your thoughts might have been something like, This service is not only impersonal, but it is downright boring. I don't want my friends and family to do this to me!
Whatever the case, if you have decided to plan your own cremation funeral, you are probably doing your loved ones a huge favor. Consider the fact that they will already be very sad at your passing. Add to that the burden of planning your funeral and paying for it, you can see why doing it yourself is a very thoughtful gesture. From selecting the music to arranging for a display of some of your favorite things, here are some ideas that might help you as you plan your own funeral.
The Funeral Service - Some people might think that the fact there is no actual body at a cremation service, which means that it will be impersonal. Not so! Think of how you can personalize your own funeral. For example, consider writing your own words that can be read by somebody who is close to you. In your written words, consider sharing with the congregation things that meant the most to you. For example, if you are a teacher, express why you chose that profession and tell what it means to you. If you loved volunteering at a homeless shelter, express how important it is for people to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Choose music that reflects your own beliefs, too. For example, if you are a devout Christian, you might want to select hymns like Nearer My God or the traditional Amazing Grace for the congregation to sing together.
A Visual Display - Make a list of things you want to be included in a visual display that will be at your funeral service. For example, if you are an avid reader, you might want to include copies of your favorite books. If you love woodworking, you could select some of your work to be part of the display. Another idea is to include photographs in the display of your belongings. Select pictures from your infancy throughout your entire life. Think of writing your favorite quotes in your own hand so they can be part of the display as well.
To learn more about planning your own funeral, contact funeral homes like the Union Funeral Home-Lytwyn & Lytwyn.