While the law does not insist you hold a funeral, it’s normal to feel guilty if you choose not to have a formal ceremony to say goodbye to your loved one. But that doesn’t mean it must be a service in a funeral home in Biggar, SK.
There are several other ways to honor your loved one’s memories. Here are some of the alternatives to a traditional funeral to consider:
- Celebrate your loved one’s life with a party. You can invite family and friends to share their favorite stories about the deceased alongside other fun activities.
- Hold a memorial service. This is like a funeral, but there’s no casket present, and it can happen later. You can hold a memorial service in a funeral home or another location that’s meaningful to you and the deceased.
- Organize an activity in memory of your loved one. For example, you might organize a bike ride through your community or host a game night at someone’s house.
- Create a scrapbook with photos and stories about your loved one’s life. You can have a gathering with guests bringing their favorite pictures and written memories to compile in one book. Then make copies of the scrapbook and send them out as a gift to close friends and family.
- Have a movie night memorial. This is an excellent way to share memories and photos of your loved one with guests without having a formal funeral service. You have a marathon of their favorite movies in a local cinema or a park.
- Start a scholarship fund in the name of your loved one. You can do this by contacting your local Biggar, SK school board and asking them to set up an account in your loved one’s name.
- Donate to a cause that was important to your loved one. For example, suppose they were passionate about helping children. In that case, you might donate to Biggar, SK schools, or organizations that help children in need.
- Create a garden at their grave site to visit them whenever you want. If you chose cremation, you could plant a tree or install a bench in the deceased person’s favorite part of the city.
- Create a memorial fund in the name of your loved one. This is a great way to honor their memory, particularly if they died of a specific illness. The fund will also help other people struggling with a similar problem.
- Have a virtual funeral. It is an excellent alternative if you don’t want to skip the communal nature of a funeral service. Going digital allows you to grieve with family and friends without having a physical event.
- Get involved in your community by volunteering at a local Biggar, SK charity, or non-profit organization.
As you can see, there are several ways you can honor your loved one without holding an actual funeral. Take some time over the next few days to think about what would be most meaningful for you.