You know, when people tell us, “What I really want to have is a Celebration of Life.” I couldn’t agree more. A Celebration of Life is another name for a funeral – with a particular focus.
I think for most people it, it communicates a sense of “We are wanting something that’s not sad. We are wanting an event, a gathering, where it’s gonna be about all the best of what was the person’s life.” But the idea is, we really want to focus on this person; we want to celebrate the fact that they lived. And that’s what we are gonna focus on. Not necessarily a particular ritual.
How a person uses that term, uh you know, takes a little bit of time for us to just understand what they mean by “a Celebration of Life”. Because it’s obviously an objective and a desire that’s there. Celebrating a life, um, is what we do, because someone has died.
I think a funeral should be a celebration of that person’s life. It needs to show and personalize and reflect their values, their beliefs, their interests, and that any good funeral is going to turn into that celebration of that persons’s life.
There are those that have been creative and have done Celebration of Life services before someone dies. I think that’s a fantastic idea. Why not be involved in what people would say and pay tribute to you while you are among them?