Celebrating Your Loved One
Unfortunately, during my years of training as a minister there was very little emphasis on planning and conducting funerals. Most of the time ministers learned by observing the method and style of others.
In the late 90's I was introduced to the concept of being a "Celebrant". This was specific training of designing funerals to celebrate the life of a loved one.
Family members were encouraged to share memories, read poetry, or sing favorite songs as part ...of the service. Photos and videos were created, and many times there was personal handiwork of the loved one on display. There would be a healthy mixture of tears and laughter during the funeral service.
Perhaps you did not have the opportunity to honor your loved one in this manner. Shock and numbness are often so heavy at this time it is not practical. But it is not too late.
Imagine we could work together to plan a service that would honor them? What songs or music would you select to play? What personal items would you display that honored their work or hobby? If you could "personalize" their service, what would it include?
Please share your ideas in response to this post. By doing so you will honor their life and lasting presence.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"