Organising a Celebration
of Life Ceremony
For many people, it can be vitally important to honour and celebrate the life of the person who has died. Having a direct cremation gives you more space and time to be able to create your Celebration of Life ceremony as well as more control over where and the content than that of a traditional funeral. It can however, feel overwhelming to organise and so at Stag Cremations we have tried to make this a little easier for you by gifting you a Tribute page which offers a single place for all the information for the ceremony for guests to look at and upload their own contributions.
We have also put together a few ideas below to get you started.
When organising a direct cremation/simple cremation or pure cremation (as it is sometimes known as), it is important to think about how you are going to celebrate the life of the person who has died as there will not be a standard funeral service held.
A Celebration of Life is a unique and personalised way to honour and remember a loved one who has passed away. It can be a meaningful event that reflects their personality, interests, and values. Here at Stag Cremations we offer below some ideas and suggestions for a Celebrations of Life:
1. Outdoor Gathering: Consider hosting an outdoor gathering in a park, beach, or any other outdoor location that was special to the person who has died or their family. You could have a picnic, a barbecue, or a simple gathering where family and friends can come together to share memories, stories, and laughter in a relaxed and natural setting.
2. Themed Event: Plan a celebration of life around a theme that was significant to the person. For example, if they loved music, you could organise a live music performance or create a playlist of their favourite songs. If they were avid gardeners, you could have a garden-themed event with flowers, plants, and gardening activities.
3. Memory Wall: Set up a memory wall or memory table where guests can contribute photos, notes, and mementos that remind them of them. This can be a touching way for people to share memories and stories, honouring the life of their loved one.
4. Video or Slideshow Tribute: Create a video or slideshow tribute that includes photos, videos, and memories of the person who has died. You can play it during the celebration
of life event, and it can be a beautiful way to remember and celebrate their life, showcasing their accomplishments, hobbies, and special moments.
5. Acts of Kindness: Organise an event centered around acts of kindness or charity that reflects the values and passions of the person. For example, you could volunteer at a local charity, plant a tree, or organise a fundraising campaign in their name.
6. Consider a symbolic dove release as a way to honour the memory of the person who has died and symbolise the letting go and release of their spirit. Always make sure to follow local regulations and environmental considerations when planning such activities.
7. Memory Sharing Circle: Set up a memory sharing circle where family and friends can take turns sharing their favourite memories or stories of the deceased. This can be a heart-warming and cathartic way for people to connect, remember, and honour their loved one.
8. Artistic Expression: If the person who had died had a passion for art or creativity, you could organise an art exhibition or workshop in their honour. It could involve showcasing their artwork, encouraging guests to create art, or even hiring a local artist to create a piece inspired by them.
9. Food and Drink: Food can be an important element of any gathering, including a celebration of life. Consider serving their favourite foods, or dishes that are meaningful to their cultural or family traditions. You could also set up a refreshment station with their favourite drinks or create a
signature cocktail in their honour.
Remember, the most important aspect of a celebration of life is to create a meaningful and personalised event that reflects the life, personality, and values of the person who has died. It should be a time for family and friends to come together, share memories, and honour the memory of their loved one in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to them.
And always ask for help, make lists and stay calm!