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Do you need memorial gift ideas to help make a funeral memorable and personal? If you are planning a funeral, these items will make special memorial gifts to the funeral-goers. If you are attending a funeral, how about contributing something to the person planning the funeral? They will appreciate the help and have something forever to help remember their loved one.
Modern trends in funerals are causing people to move away from the traditional flower arrangements as memorial gifts towards more unique options. The gifts on this page allow you to give a memorial gift that will be kept for years to come as a tribute to your loved one.
How Can I have Family and Friends Share Their Memories?
You only have one chance to collect everyone’s memories. Consider
lined 3” x 5” cards that say, “My Special Memory of
You ” These cards and pens are handed to friends and family as they
walk into the service. The celebrant or funeral director can be responsible
for handing them out and collecting them at the end of the service. These
cards can be put in a pouch and taken out and shared at family gatherings
for years to come. They become a reflection of ancestors' lives for generations
Guest books are not very practical as they require people to wait in line
at the service. Unless feelings and memories are shared, what is the long
term use of a guest book? If feelings and memories are shared, the wait
could become very long and delay the service. Using the cards allows several people to write their memories at the same time, making the process much more smooth.
Life Celebration Book
may want to consider a memory book/guest
book/photo album combination that is ideal for capturing the essence of
the person- their passions, hobbies, interests, accomplishments and family
history. You'll want to make completing the book a family activity...
encourage children, grandchildren and all family members to partcipate.
It will be therapeutic and rewarding; collecting photos, memory cards,
notes and letters. Share friends and family's personal memories by inserting
the "My Special Memory of You" cards into the book. Additionally,
the book can be used as a guest book at the life celebration. This book
will be treasured for generations to come.
Consider putting pocket
charms on the table that reflect your loved one. Guests are encouraged
to take one as a memorial gift. They will put them in their pocket or purse and when they
run across it they will remember the departed. We have several kinds:
You may also want
to consider personalized seeded cards that contain wildflowers. The cards
can be placed on the memory table and friends and family can take them
and keep the card as a keepsake and plant the seeds. They can be personalized with your loved one's name and a message.
Here is what a customer said about the cards:
"I just wanted to let you know-we had my mom's memorial service/celebration
of life Sept 2 at HoChunk Casino/Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells,
Wisconsin (one of mom's favorite places :-) I placed a dollar casino token
and one of the wildflower seed inscribed heart cards that I ordered from
you at each place setting at the tables. People commented and really thought
they were great. Thanks for offering such a wonderful website - you were
a godsend at a really difficult time." Kimberly T.
Engraved Candles and Frames
You may also have
families and friends light a candle. You could have a procession and put
the candles around the casket or urn. Candles can then be given to families
and friends as keepsakes at the end of the ceremony. You may also want
to consider a candle and bud vase that can be inscribed with your loved
ones name. Every year, on significant dates you can place fresh flowers
in the vase and light the candle.
At the memorial service offer friends and family a memorial tree seedling to plant in memory of your loved one. For years to come, the legacy of your loved one will live on through the trees. Each 10" Remembrance Tree is individually packaged in a clear, reusable tube that contains your customized message. The tube creates a micro-climate in which the tree can survive for thirty days before being planted inside or out. A poem is included on the insert.
Have you found these
ideas helpful? Check out this book with everything you need to create
a personalized memorial service. It is only $9.95 and will ship the same
day it is ordered for quick delivery. It is also available for immediate
download for only $7.50. Planning
a Celebration of Life