Personalizing Celebrations Of Life

There are a variety of ways to personalize Memorials and Celebrations of Life. What will people remember most about your loved one? Would you like to create interaction and/or a memorable takeaway? The creative ideas develop when we meet in person or via Zoom. Here are a few examples where we honored loved ones in a unique way.

Cathy Loved Crossword Puzzles

Did you know that Cathy was a cruciverbalist? That’s a fancy word for a solver of crossword puzzles. We remember how much she liked challenging her brain with crossword puzzles. Cathy would be so pleased that you learned a new word today. During the Reception, you will have the opportunity to challenge your brain with this personalized crossword puzzle created In Loving Memory of Cathy.


Bill was quite competitive and liked to win at whatever he was doing. Whether it was fishing to catch the biggest fish or playing Bingo. I think he would have preferred this whole Celebration of Life to be a big Bingo Game. Bill’s family created this Picture Bingo Card in his memory. You’ll see a picture of Bill in the center, in the four corners, there is a Blue Jay (he loved watching those), a sign to Gunnison (a favorite fishing spot), one of those goofy T-shirts he wore, this one says BIG FISH ENERGY, and of course, you all recognize his Golden Retriever, Bingo who is here with us today and missing him too. During the Reception, we’ll be playing a game of Bingo because Bill is watching from the Heavens and he would really love that!

Kindness Rocks!

Elaine placed the highest value on family and never missed an opportunity to have fun with her grandkids. Her 12 grandchildren arrived a few minutes before her Memorial Service to create Kindness Rocks. Each of them began painting words and pictures while telling me all about Grandma “E”. They were so proud of their creations and excited to do this. At one point during the Service, I invited each grandchild to come forward, tell us about their rock messages and place them by Grandma “E’s” urn. This was so moving and a special way to include all of the grandchildren in remembering her.

Puzzle Participation

Ken’s sharp mind was always working and he spent hours putting together puzzles. Upon completion, sometimes he would put the pieces back in the box. More frequently he would glue the pieces together and saved them as a whole picture-puzzle. During the Reception, you are invited to participate in putting together a 1000-piece puzzle of Colorado Beers. We all know how much Ken loved his Coors! In a few minutes, we’ll have an Irish Toast to Ken with an ice-cold beer. Cheers!  

Lauren Lived To Travel

Her adventurous spirit and positive attitude were part of the secret to her happiness. Lauren visited most US states and many other countries with her family and friends. Instead of a traditional Guest Book, we invite you to sign the globe with your name. Her husband, Paul will place the globe next to their travel photos and albums. There are a few photo albums here today that you are welcome to look at during the Reception. You may even see yourself in some of these photos! Please take one of the postcards from the basket and write a special memory you have of Lauren on the back. Lauren’s children will be placing these in a keepsake album and look forward to reading your messages aloud on Mother’s Day which is only two weeks away. 

Closing Thoughts

It is truly an honor as your Celebrant to collaborate with you in creating a personalized Celebration of Life or Memorial for your loved one. Each family receives a high level of service customized to your needs. Find more creative ideas at Everdays and  Love Lives On

Anita Larson is a Ceremony Leader and Officiant who blogs about her experiences with Celebrations of Life. Providing uncommon ideas and encouraging her readers to “Think Outside the Coffin®” when planning a Fabulous Farewell.

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