Having a funeral or memorial service for your loved ones doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it’s quite easy to personalize a funeral service on a budget.
A funeral service is the last opportunity for family members, friends, and guests to say goodbye to a deceased loved one. It’s a private affair which can also be a financial burden, but it doesn’t have to be.
At Roupp Funeral Home, we believe that funeral services can be personal and affordable with the right planning. Here are 5 easy ways to personalize a funeral service on a budget:
1. Write a personal obituary
Writing a creative obituary rather than putting together a dry collection of dates and relatives is an easy (and free!) way to kick off the memorialization process on a personalized note. A personal and creative obituary can add something unique to the funeral service and it can be done free of charge on funeral home websites like our own. However, keep in mind that newspapers will charge.
2. Place personal items around the casket or urn
No need to purchase expensive decorations to place around the deceased. Take something from home that you know meant something. Did the deceased love Betty Boop memorabilia? Surround the casket or urn with treasured pieces. Were they a devoted sailor? Nautical decor or even a small sailboat can help transform a service from practical to personal.
3. Use unconventional reading materials
We often tend to look at conventional sources when it comes to service readings. While Bible verses can offer a great deal of comfort - poetry, lines from novels, and stories can actually evoke a stronger response and offer greater comfort. Find out if the deceased had any favorites or if you can think of any particular pieces that remind you of him or her.
4. Create your own photo display
You or someone you know must have a collection of photos of the deceased. For a lot of families, it can be incredibly therapeutic to look through old albums to find photos for their relative’s funeral. Roupp Funeral home offers a custom DVD tribute that can be featured on our website or a photo slideshow and collages to be featured at the ceremony. Ask your funeral director to show you examples of funerals handled in the past.
5. Play the deceased’s favorite songs before, during and after the service
“Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me” are great funeral standards, but having an instrumentalist can be pricey. What if the deceased was a huge hard rock fan? While you may not want to scare off guests with an AC/DC CD on repeat, pulling a few songs that will remind guests of the deceased is an easy way to personalize any service.
When looking to personalize a funeral service, keep in mind that all the little tweaks and service additions aren’t what makes a service truly personalized.
The easiest way to make a service feel personalized is to make an effort to really hone in on what you loved about the deceased and what made them who they are. Doing so is a free and easy way to say goodbye.
Any other ideas on how to personalize your funeral services on a budget? Share your favorite recommendations in the comments below!