Customizing Memorials: Ideas for Unique Services

Customizing Memorials: Ideas for Unique Services

Memory tables are a great and easy thing to do when you are customizing memorials.

In my last blog, I discussed customizing memorials and funerals as well as how to choose a location and make the service more personal. Today, I’d like to look at some ways to help make that special time for loved ones even more memorable.

Memory tables or stations

A memory table is one of the easiest and best ideas and works at a funeral or memorial. I almost consider it essential. Why? Because it is a simple, free and ideal way to show things that meant a lot to the deceased person and show their personality. Everything on this table is already at your loved one’s home or among your friends. It can be a quilt or craft they made; ticket stubs to special events; photos; a pair of sunglasses they always wore; a favorite vase; personal letters; or even a treasured sweatshirt. It’s about sharing what the person was passionate about.

It doesn’t have to be just one table either. I’ve seen services where the family used multiple tables scattered around a room. One service had “theme tables” with each table showing some part of her life. On one table, it was her yearbooks and memories from school, another had her wedding photos and mementos, and a separate table had things she had sewn. It was wonderful.

Decorate the areas

Some places that host services welcome you to bring actual decorations as part of customizing memorials. Everything from artwork, lamps, and rugs. It’s an easy and wonderful way to help people connect with the deceased. This is especially wonderful for people who were known for opening their homes to guests and were a gathering place for others.

Make photos available to guests

So many times, there are wonderful photo montage videos created for the service but after the service, only the family has the video to keep. Consider placing the video online to share with others. This can also be done by uploading it to a secure site such as a Google Drive or DropBox where the video can only be accessed if they have the specific link. This link can be included in the service bulletin (or service program) so it’s convenient for guests to go home and watch again or download and keep as a memory.

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Mary Beth Barnett

Mary Beth Barnett is a licensed Funeral Director in Texas. Her involvement with aCremation began before our doors opened – researching how we could provide affordable cremations and still keep quality and service standards high. Through this process, she developed a passion for working with families who are going through one of the most stressful phases of life – planning for death.

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