styling a funeral

How to Style A Funeral To Represent Your Loved One

When considering how to best style a funeral to represent your loved one, it may be helpful to consider their personality and desires. Some people like to plan their own funerals, which is why you may be reading this post. Or, you may have sadly lost a loved one and be in charge of arranging their funeral. No matter what applies, consider the following.

Type of Funeral

Do you want the funeral to be smart, formal, or informal and spontaneous? We tend to assume that funerals are formal, but not everyone wants it to be this way. Some people don’t want others to wear black, for example, and would rather they wear their favorite color. You also need to consider whether the person is a traditionalist, a modernist, someone who likes tradition with a contemporary twist, a mold-breaker, or an innovator. This will point you in the direction of how best to style a funeral that will best represent your loved one. 

You also need to consider whether to go for something ceremonial or not – this may include an elaborate ritual, a military salute, a procession, a horse-drawn horse, or something across those lines. 

Mood of Funeral to Best Style a Funeral

You also need to think about how you expect the mood to be. Will it be one of sombre? This is often the case, but sometimes it is acceptance if someone has been unwell for a while. Or, it could be a cheerful celebration of the person’s life, or the overall feeling may be one that is shocked if the events were unaccepted. If the death has been the consequence of a mistake with a lasting impact, like medical negligence or a car crash, the mood will typically be one of sheer devastation. It is important to consider this when planning the funeral. Aside from this, funeral services may be plain or poetic, and you need to consider the structure of the ceremony as well. Is there room for spontaneity? 

An Introduction To Funeral Notices

Funeral notices tend to be offered to clients by funeral directors. A funeral notice ensures that friends and family are aware of everything that is happening in regards to the individual’s funeral. This can be a difficult task to take on when someone you love has passed away, which is why you may want the funeral director’s assistance. 

There are two different ways you can about writing the funeral notice. There is no right or wrong way, however; it all depends on what feels right for you and the person that passed away. It is important to remember that a lot of newspapers will only accept funeral notices that have come from a funeral director, which is why professional funeral services are a must. 

So, what are the two approaches? The first is to simply keep to the necessary facts. This means you will deal with the ‘who, what, when, and where.’ The second approach is to supply a historical statement; something that a lot of people will cut from the newspaper and keep. Not only will you deal with the facts in this type of notice, but you will include some more information, for example, names of any immediate family members, date of birth, date of death. You may also want to include some words that reflect the essence of the relationship that the person in question had with those mentioned, for example, ‘loving wife to’ or ‘loving husband to’. 

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