The projected cremation rate in 2021 is over 57%. This means that many people are likely planning cremation ceremonies for 2022. Are you one of them?
Losing a loved one is devastating, but having a cremation memorial ceremony is a great way to share positive memories and thoughts about the deceased. It’s a “letting go” party for yourself and your loved ones.
Not sure how to plan one? Read on for a few tips.
Decide What Type of Memorial Ceremony You Want
Before you move forward, you need to know what your ideal cremation memorial ceremony is going to look like. This is different from a cremation funeral, so you can be more flexible.
Are you interested in a celebration of life and a fun reception? While people may still be in mourning, it’s popular to try to throw a more cheerful ceremony in hopes of generating happier feelings and sharing good memories.
Are you considering “scattering ashes ceremonies?” You can combine this with other ideas, but it’s common for people with cremated loved ones to spread their ashes in a special place.
Talk to your loved ones about a wide variety of ceremony options so you can choose the right one.
Pick the Right Date
Once you know what type of ceremony you want, you have to set the date. This should happen long before you start crafting a guest list. You have to prepare more than your guests will.
Pick a date that’s not too close to the funeral. While it may seem like a good idea to do a cremation memorial ceremony right away, people will still be in their early stages of grief. You need to let them rest and have time with their thoughts.
It’s common for people to have memorial ceremonies exactly a year after the person’s death, or on their birthday.
No one should try to plan the ceremony alone. Start delegating responsibilities to others so you ensure that everything gets done (especially if this is going to be a large or in-depth ceremony).
Do you need to provide food? What about decorations? Are you making arrangements for the location of the ceremony?
These are all things that you can delegate to someone else. People will be happy to help you, so take advantage of their kindness.
Choose a Location
Where are you going to have your ceremony?
If the weather is warm, consider an outdoor ceremony. You can go on a boat to scatter ashes in the water or simply sit outside at a scenic park to talk about your loved one.
In colder weather, indoor venues are best. It’s common to have memorial ceremonies in your own home if your guest list allows for it. This creates a more intimate and comfortable setting.
Plan a Perfect Cremation Memorial Ceremony
Planning a good cremation memorial ceremony can be a sobering experience, but it’s a great way to gather your loved ones and share stories about the deceased.
Remember, you’re allowed to delegate responsibilities to others. Try not to overwhelm yourself with this emotional event.
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