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3 Eco-Friendly Ideas for a Meaningful Memorial Service

Published: November 1, 2021

Looking for alternatives to balloon releases for a unique memorial service? You’ve come to the right place! While balloon releases are a beautiful way to celebrate the memory of a loved one, they’re not exactly friendly to the environment.

In fact, did you know that latex takes at least 4 years to decompose in a landfill? Worse, animals may end up accidentally ingesting the debris from a balloon release, posing a danger to wildlife in general. Too many farms around the country have had their livestock choke on harmful balloon or lantern releases, all the more reason to keep our local farms safe!

Thankfully, there are other ways to mark special occasions, and in this post, we’ll look at three eco-friendly balloon release alternatives you might want to consider for the memorial service you’re planning.

Alternative # 1: Blowing bubbles

Get your massive bubble wands out for a one-of-a-kind bubble release event! Not only is it beautiful to watch huge bubbles float mid-air, it’s also environmentally friendly. Plus, it’s a great way to lift everybody’s spirits on a sad occasion. And if you have kids attending the memorial service, they’ll definitely enjoy all the giant bubbles during the event.

Alternative # 2: Plant a tree

What better way to take care of the environment than by planting a tree? And doing so in memory of someone close to your heart makes the act even more special, as trees are a living memorial. Unlike balloon releases that do not leave a lasting trace to those who attend the event, planting a tree as a memorial leaves a legacy that even future generations can appreciate.

And one more thing: If the individual you are commemorating is a nature lover, this type of memorial service would definitely be more appropriate.

You may plant your loved ones favorite tree locally so that you and your family can go visit it, leave notes or painted rocks, and think of them; or many funeral home websites now have an option to purchase a tree on the obituary in memory of that person, some are then planted locally, while others go to an area of greatest need in the country!

Alternative # 3: Sending flowers

Rather than releasing balloons to the air (and leaving a trail of latex in the process), you might want to consider sending flowers off into the water instead. Tossing flowers into the water has long been a ritual in many cultures; with some bearing the interpretation that you are offering flowers out to the souls of the departed that now exist as part of nature out in the horizon. Not only does the whole thing leave a beautiful, biodegradable trail in its wake, it’s one that attendees would remember long after the memorial service is over.

You can even add a note to your loved one using biodegradable paper, so that as your flower floats off, your message will too!

Planning a Memorial Service Worth Remembering

A memorial service is a beautiful way of honoring the life lived by a loved one who has passed, but it can also be a challenge to prepare. If you’re struggling with the right ideas for an upcoming memorial service, here are some planning tips that you can try.

First, brainstorm with other family members and close friends of the deceased. A unique memorial service doesn’t have to be light-hearted so there’s no need to pressure yourself to come up with fun ideas for the ceremony.

Second, consider who will be attending the service. If only a few people are attending, then a simpler commemoration may be enough.

Lastly, consider the personality of the individual you are commemorating. What type of memorial service would have fit him or her best?

Going over those three things can help you pull off a memorial service worth remembering. But if you feel that you need more help, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff at Roupp Funeral Home. We would be more than willing to assist you in planning for this important event.

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