Ideas for personalising the Memorial Service

Celebrate a life well lived with a…

Memory Create a board with post-it notes and pens for guests to share special memories and moments.
Story Provide a box with small cards to drop in a personal story or inspiring anecdote from their life.
Plant Give each guest a small plant or packet of seeds they can plant in memory of an avid gardener.
Song One daughter played her Dad’s favourite song ‘Sweet Caroline’ at his funeral - very moving and powerful.
Poem Read out a favourite poem or poet in the service or include in the order of service booklet.
Wrap You can personalise the coffin with a themed wrap from animals, nature and surf to the Australian flag.
Performance For creative art lovers, consider having someone sing or dance at their memorial service.
Feast You may like to include their favourite food at the after gathering, e.g. pizza, seafood or an Aussie BBQ.
Dress code Invite guests to dress in the favourite colour of your loved one or even vibrant colours, as was the request of three young girls for their mum’s memorial service.
Photo Ask guests to bring a copy of their favourite photo of your loved one and create a photo board.
Legacy Consider making a donation to their charity of choice as an alternative to sending flowers.
Star Buy and name a star for them, a gift that will be recorded in the Australian Star Registry.
Recipe Share a favourite recipe they loved to cook on a recipe card for all the guests in the order of service.
Keepsake Purchase an item that can be signed by all guests (e.g. teddy bear) and retained as a keepsake of the day
Artwork Print a copy of their work on card for all guests who attend the memorial service.
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