If you would like to remove some of the burden on your family following your death, you may be starting the process of planning your own funeral. While planning your own funeral is never likely to be a fun experience, it can give you a vital opportunity to think about how you want to be remembered. One thing you will need to work out is what type of memorial you would like. Read on to discover more about alternatives to standard funeral memorials.
1. A bespoke urn
If you are planning to have your body cremated following your death, you may be looking at a range of different urns. While there is a wide selection of standard designs, you don't have to settle for these. Many funeral planners now offer bespoke urns that can be produced in almost any shape, size and design. For example, if you are a keen rugby player, you could have your ashes placed in an urn shaped like a rugby ball. If you enjoy sailing, why not opt for an urn shaped like a boat? The possibilities are endless. A bespoke urn will remind your loved ones of the things you were passionate about in life.
2. A tree
If you care about the environment, having a tree planted in your memory is a great way of ensuring that you contribute to the future even when you have departed from this life. A tree will help to remind your family that life will continue even when you are gone. However, you should be aware that if you are buried in a cemetery, it is unlikely you will be able to plant the tree at your gravesite as the roots could disturb nearby burial plots. Instead, the tree will be planted in another area of the graveyard.
3. A painting
If you are planning to be cremated, you may wish to commission an artist to paint a portrait of you using photos taken when you were alive. The artist will be able to mix some of your ashes into the darker colours they use, thus infusing your body with the canvas. The portrait can then be hung in your family home as a last memorial to you and the life you led.
If you are interested in finding out more, you should get in touch with a funeral service today. A member of staff will be happy to advise you further.
Losing a child is the hardest thing anyone could ever go through – I know because it happened to me. Through the grief, I had to find new ways to breathe, to function and to live. Of course, I also had to plan a funeral and memorial service for my child. If you have lost a child or a baby or had a stillborn, you have probably shared many of these feelings. If this has just happened to you, you may be wondering what to do next. First, I extend my sympathy, and secondly, I offer you this blog to help you grieve and help you understand the basics of funeral planning. Take care.