It is hard to say goodbye to those close to us, but using a person’s wake as a ‘celebration of life’ is a send-off anyone would be happy to have in their honour. As much as we don’t like to focus on death and funerals, they are a part of life and one which is traditionally shrouded in dark colours and quiet reflection. In recent times however, they have begun to change and current trends are heading more towards celebrating by reliving happy times and recalling fond memories.
Some people will have organised particular instructions on how they wish for their memorial to be; with many now requesting the playing of their favourite upbeat music, that attendees wear a certain colour, or that there be a ‘party’ with a particular theme. Incorporating your loved one’s wishes into a wonderful celebration of their life can be a touch easier with the help of an event planner and beautiful venue.
Some honourable ways to make an end of life function a personal celebration for the deceased include:
- Make a photograph slide show of all the good times shared by you, your loved one, their friends and family.
- Set up a memory board or table of particular items that reflect the person’s character or interests; something they were known for.
- Play a meaningful soundtrack of songs during the function that invoke feelings and memories of times spent together.
- Have a guest book handy so people can write messages not only of condolence, but also share their own memories to help with the grieving process.
A celebration of life honours the person’s memory and uplifts the spirits of those in attendance. The Waterfront Function Centre’s private rooms overlooking the spectacular Georges River and Kogarah Bay are the perfect place to reflect on your loved one’s life and our staff can help you plan something just right to celebrate them.