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Making funeral arrangements or planning cremation services can be overwhelming. But that doesn't make it any less important. In fact, a Harris Poll survey revealed that 89% of respondents found discussing end-of-life wishes and funeral planning to be meaningful.
If you are struggling to get through these important conversations, or if you find yourself becoming depressed by the sheer amount of planning involved, one of the best ways to mitigate these feelings is to focus on small, personal details.
These personal details allow you to focus on the richness of your life or the life of your loved one. They allow you to reflect and celebrate. And when the time comes, they ensure the funeral is a true tribute to you or your loved one.
We've put together a few ideas for personal touches to consider when preparing in advance for a funeral.
Flowers might not seem like a vitally important part of funeral planning, but they can be a great tool in making the service a true celebration of a life well spent. While white lilies are the conventional choice, consider replacing them with your favorite flowers. Do you have a favorite flower? Do you remember what was in your bouquet as you walked down the aisle? Choosing flowers that you have a deep personal connection to can be a great way to personalize your service.
While many funerals will opt for little music -- aside from hymns during the service -- it can be a great way to lift the moods of those gathered and to pay tribute. Favorite songs or bands can be played during the wake, inspiring guests to remember the moments shared in life rather than focusing on death. This is also a great way to foster a more cheery discussion with loved ones when planning the service.
Bible Verses and Poems
Do you have a favorite verse of the Bible? Or a Sonnet by John Donne? Is there some wisdom or comfort that is important for those present to share together? Discussing this with loved ones allows you to reflect on why these passages matter, and the lessons that you have learned during your life.
Planning funeral services can be an emotionally challenging part of your life. It is easy to get weighed down in the funeral costs. By choosing to focus on the small, personal touches of funeral services, you can find a way to focus on celebrating a life.