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When you are in the position of planning a cremation service, you are likely to feel both honored to be trusted with the important duty and sad because of the circumstances. It's important to honor the memory of the person that passed away and allow others to come together in a service that celebrates a life well lived. Consider whether any of these five special touches could add something positive the cremation service you're planning.
Encourage a Rainbow of Memories with a Colorful Service
When you want the cremation service to be more of a celebration of life than a somber gathering, make the service more colorful by encouraging a rainbow theme. Guests may all be encouraged to wear a different color. You may have a "rainbow of memories" where you post happy photos in a rainbow shape on a display poster at the cremation service. If you're going for a light tone with the service, it's best to prepare your guests for this in advance.
Have A Sing-a-Long to a Song of Significance
If your loved one had a beloved song that was an important part of the soundtrack of his or her life, make it a part of the cremation service. Any song that has significance to your relationship with the deceased person can be used. You may even opt to choose a song by the person's favorite band or simply a tune that reminds you of the deceased person. Encourage all those who are attending the cremation service to sing along. The sing-a-long can get people smiling and feeling a bit better as they remember their lost loved one.
Plan a Light Show or Other Grand Gesture for Later
A lot of people simply go to the house of the bereaved after a cremation service and gather to further celebrate the life of the deceased person. However, you can add something significant that the mourner will always remember by planning a light show. This can be as simple as lighting candles around a table, or you may work with an event planning company to put on a more elaborate show. The show can include the deceased person's favorite colors or even incorporate their favorite songs.
Finally, it's important to keep in mind that each choice about the cremation service should be made by considering how to best honor the deceased person while comforting mourners. Only include things that will soothe your bereaved loved ones and enhance the way that the cremation service honors the person who passed away.