If your spouse has passed away and they have chosen cremation, you have many choices to make, which can be difficult during this time of grieving. If you have made the choice of having a memorial service instead of a funeral, below are some ideas to help you get started. This will allow you to have a service that will honor your spouse.
Choose the Cremation Urn
There are many types of cremation urns made in materials like hardwood, stainless steel, copper, and bronze. Once you have chosen the material you want to use, you can do some things to make the urn unique.
It is common to have a family photo at a memorial service. You can use a framed photograph but you can also have a photo engraved onto the cremation urn. This will also allow you to have a beautiful keepsake in remembrance of your spouse. You can find urns in a variety of shapes and sizes from plain to having intricate designs on them.
If you plan to scatter your spouse's remains in another location, the funeral home can provide you with a temporary urn.
If you do not want the traditional urn, there are other things you can do. For example, you can have part of the ashes put in a locket necklace, or scatter them in the ground when you plant a tree. You can place the urn in a large biodegradable balloon and let the balloon loose to fly.
Use a Theme
Instead of the traditional memorial service, you can use a theme. For example, if your spouse loved a certain sports team, place sports memorabilia around the room. Your spouse may have some of their own memorabilia that you can use. You could also simply use the colors of their favorite team.
If your spouse loved to garden, have more flowers than is normal for the service using their favorite flowers. Place pictures of them gardening in their yard. If your spouse is Irish, you could have an Irish Wake instead of a traditional memorial service.
Use a Memorial Slideshow
Because there is no body to view, you should consider using a memorial slideshow of photos from different stages of your spouse's life. For example, you could start out with baby photos and end up with a most recent photo. Use photos of them doing their favorite things. Place the photographs throughout the room.
A video montage would also work well. There are many services online that will let you create this video montage of your spouse. You could have the video playing on a large screen somewhere in the room. Use a variety of photographs of your spouse doing different things. You can also set up music on the video to play in the background as the pictures are moving across the screen. Set the video to continually play so everyone can have a chance to see it.
Talk with your family members to help you make these important decisions.
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