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Planning a Celebration of Life

Losing a loved one can be an extremely difficult time for you and your family. For some, planning and attending a memorial or celebration of life can make the circumstances even more cumbersome. However, planning these types of events does not have to be burdensome. Keep reading to learn more about what a celebration of life is and how to plan one after a death.

After a loved one passes away, the first thing that must be determined is whether the event will be more traditional memorial service, like a funeral, or a celebration of life. Celebrations of life have gained traction in recent years. They are usually nonreligious and focus more on appreciating the love and joy that person brought into the world while they were here. These events are generally more uplifting and can be highly customized based on the idea of those in attendance.

If you decide that a celebration of life is the more fitting option after someone you know has passed away, there are a few things to keep in mind during the planning process. First, you’ll want to keep in mind that while a celebration of life is about the individual who has died, the event itself serves those in attendance. These celebrations are usually planned more for friends and family members can say their goodbyes to the deceased and begin the process of healing.

Secondly, while some celebrations of life take place in funeral homes, they do not necessarily have to. Unlike more formal memorial services, these events can take place anywhere loved ones of the deceased see fit. The home of the deceased or a favorite place that person liked to go to may be some fitting options for the event. Finally, you and the others involved in the planning process will want to decide in advance how you plan to honor the deceased at the event. For example, who will lead the event? Are there any pieces of music or reading you’d like to include? And which family members or friends would like to speak? All of these details should
be mapped out prior to the celebration of life to ensure the event runs smoothly and that all attendees feel some closure.

Ultimately, celebrations of life can be very personal to those close to the deceased, which makes them the ideal event where friends and family members can come together and mourn in the wake of loss. Because they are highly customizable and can take shape in countless ways, they are a wonderful way for those experiencing the death of a loved one to gain closure and celebrate a life well lived.