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Celebrations of life are becoming more and more common, but many people still don’t fully understand what they entail. Particularly in Hispanic communities, some wonder if these services replace the religious rituals of more traditional funerals. But do they?
In the traditional sense, a funeral is a ritual that honors the transitioning of the deceased from this life to the next, while a celebration of life service focuses on sharing the life and stories of the departed in a more festive manner. Celebration of life services are when friends and family of the departed come together to celebrate the distinctive personality and achievements of the deceased, but they’re not meant to replace the rituals of religious funerals. Celebrations of life can help soothe the difficult process of saying goodbye.
At Latina Funeral & Cremations, we can help families plan services that include elements of the traditional religious funeral while incorporating unique ways to celebrate the life of a loved one. For instance, you can have a service that incorporates personalized details, such as team memorabilia if the deceased was a life-long sports fan, or their paintings or music if the deceased worked in the arts, or letters from their students if their passion was teaching. Some other ideas include making t-shirts with a picture of the person you’re honoring and hand them out to guests, creating a playlist of a loved one’s favorite music, or making a video with heartwarming clips of the deceased to share at the funeral or reception.
The important thing to remember is that when it comes to planning an end-of-life ceremony, there is no right or wrong answer. The most important thing is to plan a service that helps your family heal and say goodbye, and honors both your values and traditions. The best service is the one that is right for you and your family, and creative, personalized touches can help soothe the soul.