How to Have Celebration of Life Event Instead of a Funeral

A friend or relative has passed away and you have been asked to plan a memorial service. Perhaps your loved one doesn’t belong to a church or the family want a celebration rather than a sad funeral. Or perhaps the person was what is now termed as “spiritual, not religious”. That usually means they believed in God in some form, but didn’t adhere to the religious dictates of any one religion or church.Here are some useful tips and techniques to get started.

There are many ways to honor this life you esteem that are not held in a church per se and are not administered by a church person. The key is the reverence and compassion that goes into the planning, the personal details that are attended to and the respect and love that is present at the celebration. Here are some things to help you think through what you want at a Celebration of Life event. Gather select family members and close friends and think through some of the following.

1. Decide how many people will come

If your loved one…

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