Personalizing the Funeral or Memorial Service
Your loved one was a special individual. Haywood Funeral Home can help you celebrate their life and honor their memory with a meaningful funeral service that reflects their unique character and personality. Let us help you say goodbye with a funeral service that provides your family with comfort in your loss, as well as lasting memories for the future.
The way you choose to say goodbye can be as varied and unique as your loved one’s personality. When considering ways to personalize the funeral or memorial service, remember the time you spent with the person and think about the qualities you remember them for.You may want to consider the following questions as starting points for creating a memorable goodbye:
- What was your loved one like as an individual?
- What was your loved one’s occupation or profession?
- What types of hobbies and activities did your loved one enjoy?
- Where did your loved one prefer to spend their time, and what did they do?
- Was your loved one a spiritual person?
- Did your loved one have any special charities or causes that they were passionate about?
- What other achievements did your loved one accomplish?
- What other special memories did you share – places, vacations, special occasions, family events?
- What other things were meaningful to your loved one, and still are to the surviving family?
If you are looking for something more than a standardized, “cookie cutter” funeral service, Haywood Funeral Home is happy to partner with you to help memorialize your loved one. Our creative staff will work with you on distinctive, yet reasonably priced options to make your loved one’s service as special as they were.
We will work with you to create a personalized memorial display that speaks to the life your loved one lived and enjoyed. For example, if the person was an avid fly fisherman, we might create a table arrangement using some of their fishing equipment, photos from fishing trips, maybe even a mounted trophy fish. If your loved one enjoyed quilting and fabric crafts, we might use actual examples of her work and bring in her sewing machine to use as part of the display, or choose to have her casket draped with one of her creations. There are so many unique opportunities for personalization; please feel free to discuss your thoughts and ideas with us.
Tokens of Remembrance
Small take-away remembrances can provide funeral participants with a lasting souvenir of the ceremony, and serve as a personal reminder of the deceased loved one. If the person was a fisherman, you might consider printing remembrance cards using a fishing theme, and ornament the card with a small fishing lure attached. For the person who loved quilting, you might use small, pre-cut quilt squares as the background to attach an inspirational quote or photo of the deceased.
Memorial Videos are the perfect way to celebrate and honor the life of a special loved one. Designed with healing in mind, tribute videos bring memories of happier times to family and friends and become a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
Honor your loved one with special memorial candles that are an ideal way to share their memory among family and close friends. Our long-lasting candles will burn for over 100 hours. Choose between several inspirational quotes, or a simple “In Loving Memory” incorporated with a photo of your loved one and the dates of birth and death.
Haywood Funeral Home has an extensive library of recorded music for you to choose from as part of the funeral service or following reception. In addition, we can provide live musicians based on the type of music your loved one enjoyed. For instance, the family of a person who enjoyed bluegrass music chose to have the soft sounds of a hammered dulcimer playing during the funeral service, instead of the more traditional organ music.
Keep in mind that now is your opportunity to say goodbye in a unique and meaningful way – one that will touch the hearts and live on in the memories of those who shared in the life of your loved one.
Please contact us for more ideas and suggestions.