Planning a Celebration-of-Life
If you are planning a celebration-of-life, it's best to look at
the big picture before diving into the details. In the early stages
of planning a celebration-of-life, you have 2 priorities: get the
word out and try to establish a basic plan for the service.
Celebration-of-life funeral announcements
A celebration-of-life can incorporate personal details into a traditional funeral
or memorial services
immediately following a death or - if a direct cremation or direct burial is chosen -
can be scheduled at a later date. The forum for this celebration
can be small and intimate or large and extravagant - with many
variations in between. However you choose to celebrate a life
lived, it's important to notify others.
If a service is held immediately following a death, then
communicating the details quickly and efficiently is important.
Some ways to communicate the details are:
A call chain. Ask friends
to communicate the details by calling a small group of people and
asking them to call others within the same community. If it will be
a private event, be sure to include this information too.
Emails and e-invites. Using technology
can be a great tool to invite key people to a celebration-of-life
but should only be used if you are sure the intended recipient is
already aware of the death. Using email or social networks should
never be used to announce the death to close family and
Online Communities. Online
communities created for the purpose of celebrating a life lived and
sharing service information can be a time-saving tool to use
whether communicating details via email or call chain. A community
can be created allowing others to check back or receive email
alerts when information is updated. A Heart2Soul Community is free and can be set
up quickly and easily by a friend and transferred to a family
member to manage later. Friends and family can share photographs,
sympathy messages and service details. It is completely free to
The honoree was a unique individual with religious
beliefs , cultural traditions and personal
accomplishments all playing an important role in how they are
celebrated. There is no single format for creating a
celebration-of-life, but however you choose to celebrate them, it
should incorporate the personal details representing the
For a formal service, a basic layout should be established
determining the length of each part - this will prevent things from
dragging on. The elderly and very young may have difficulty being
seated for more than an hour. Thirty minutes is a sufficient length
of time, while more than an hour may be too long.
President of FMA Events and author of Celebrating a Life: Planning Memorial
Services and Other Creative Remembrances adapted this checklist for Heart2Soul.com to help plan
out the basic service. It can be used as a guide and adjusted
according to your own personal plans.