How do you create a celebration of life?
What should be included in a celebration of life program?
Planning a Celebration of Life Checklist
Who will be invited? Where, and when, should the event take place? Who will orchestrate or conduct the event? Who wishes to speak at the event? What group activities would be appropriate? What food or beverages should be served? What readings and music should you include?
Does Microsoft Word have funeral templates?
Word's built-in templates.
If you have Microsoft Word, you already have access to numerous templates that can work for a funeral program. All you need to do is open Word, click “File,” and then click “New.” In the screen that comes up, you'll see a bunch of template options down towards the bottom.
Bringing a sympathy card to the event is considered appropriate celebration of life etiquette in most cases, but you can also choose to go with a more personal or unique gift if preferred. You can make a charitable donation to a cause the deceased was fond of or affiliated with.
There are no set guidelines or rules to follow when planning a celebration of life service, although it typically is what you and your family are most comfortable with presenting. A religious officiant can preside over the service, which typically lasts for about an hour to 90 minutes, or host it yourself.
A celebration of life service is a type of end-of-life ceremony where people come together to celebrate the unique life of the deceased. Celebrations of life are commonly held after physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation.
Sometimes called an order of service, the funeral program is a simple brochure or pamphlet that you hand out to guests. This document outlines the process of the service (what will happen) and sometimes includes a brief overview of the life milestones and achievements of the deceased.
Cremains in the Ground
In some settings, cremains are buried in the ground without either an urn or a tomb. The process for degrading is relatively short. Biodegradable urns speed the process but still may take up to twenty years to degrade. Once the biodegrade happens, the body will unite with the soil quickly.
A celebration of life is far less formal than a funeral or memorial service, yet there are instances when you will want to send out paper invitations for the event. This is especially true if the deceased had loved ones who are scattered geographically or who don't utilize social media.
Because most celebrations of life steer clear from the color black, it's important to dress in a lively fashion. Don't wear black unless you're told to by the family. In most cases, wearing jeans is perfectly acceptable. However, make sure it's a nice pair.