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Saturday 24 February 2024

63 creative ideas for memorial planning or funeral arrangements

 Here are 63 creative ideas we have curated for memorial planning or funeral arrangements:

  1. Release balloons in their favorite color or with messages attached.
  2. Arrange for a dove release ceremony.
  3. Write and share personal letters or notes in a memory jar.
  4. Set up a memory wall with notes and letters from friends and family.
  5. Hold a candle lighting ceremony where attendees each light a candle in memory.
  6. Create a scrapbook with memories and stories from friends and family.
  7. Organize a memorial walk or run for a cause in their honor.
  8. Arrange for a sand ceremony where participants pour sand (maybe from different locations?) into a vessel to symbolize unity.
  9. Conduct a memorial service at a meaningful location, such as a park or beach.
  10. Arrange for a fireworks display in their favorite colors or at a special location.
  11. Create a memorial video game or board game based on their interests.
  12. Have a themed memorial where attendees dress in the person's favorite colors or attire.
  13. Host a cooking or baking event with their favorite recipes.
  14. Create a time capsule filled with memories, letters, and items to be opened in the future.
  15. Arrange for a skywriting tribute with a message in their honor.
  16. Organize a group activity or game they enjoyed, such as a sports tournament or trivia night.
  17. Display their artwork or creative projects in an exhibition.
  18. Create a charitable foundation or scholarship in their name.
  19. Commission a piece of sculpture in their memory.
  20. Create a digital memorial website or blog where people can share memories and stories.
  21. Hold a memorial poetry reading or storytelling event.
  22. Create a personalized memorial bench at a favorite spot.
  23. Host a movie night featuring their favorite films or documentaries.
  24. Organize a book drive or library donation in their honor.
  25. Arrange for a hot air balloon ride in their memory.
  26. Create a memorial puzzle with a favorite photo or image.
  27. Organize a picnic or outdoor gathering in their favorite park.
  28. Host a themed dinner party with their favorite foods and drinks.
  29. Set up a memorial art installation or sculpture in a public space.
  30. Hold a remembrance ceremony at sunrise or sunset.
  31. Hold an ash scattering ceremony in their favorite park/beach.
  32. Organize a talent show or open mic night showcasing the deceased talents and interests.
  33. Arrange for a sky lantern release at dusk.
  34. Host a beach or lakefront memorial with a floating candle ceremony.
  35. Create a personalized memory bracelet or jewelry for attendees.
  36. Organize a community service project or volunteer day in their memory.
  37. Host a charity auction or fundraiser to support causes they cared about.
  38. Arrange for a star-naming ceremony in their honor.
  39. Hold a meditation or mindfulness session in their memory.
  40. Organize a memorial bike ride or hike at a scenic location.
  41. Arrange for a mural painting or street art project dedicated to their memory.
  42. Host a scavenger hunt featuring locations or items related to their life.
  43. Create a podcast series featuring stories and memories shared by friends and family.
  44. Arrange for a musical tribute concert with performers playing their favorite songs
  45. Arrange for a butterfly release ceremony.
  46. Create a memorial recipe book featuring their favorite dishes and family recipes.
  47. Organize a community cleanup or beautification project in their honor.
  48. Host a grief writing workshop.
  49. Arrange for a memorial fishing trip or boat ride.
  50. Host a sports tournament in their honor with their favorite games or activities.
  51. Arrange for a star-gazing event or visit to an observatory.
  52. Hold a storytelling circle where people share their favorite memories.
  53. Organize a themed photo booth with props related to their interests.
  54. Arrange for a special performance by a choir or musical group.
  55. Host a craft-making event where attendees create items in memory of the person.
  56. Host a memorial bonfire where attendees share stories and memories.
  57. Create a custom-designed memorial flag or banner.
  58. Host a poetry slam event with poems inspired by their life.
  59. Host a film screening of movies that held special meaning to them.
  60. Arrange for a personalized bench swing at a favorite spot.
  61. Host a nature walk or wildlife tour in their memory.
  62. Host a karaoke night featuring their favorite songs and music.
  63. Arrange for a custom-made memorial sculpture or statue. 
These ideas can be adapted and combined to create a meaningful and personalized memorial or funeral service to honor the life and legacy of your loved one. You can do some if not most of them yourself or you can hire any of our incredible vendors (or us) to help you implement them so you can work on yourself, your family and your grief. Sending warmth to you in this journey. 

Monday 19 February 2024

Mindful Transcendence: Embracing Life's Realities Through Meditation of Death

Embarking on a journey of meditation often leads us to profound realizations about life and our existence. 

A Tibetan Buddhist tradition contains an effective meditation called the nine-point meditation on death. It is presented with three root truths, three reasons for each truth, and three conclusions that follow from them:

Root: Death is certain.
1. No being has ever escaped death].
2. I am constantly becoming closer to death.
3. There is not much time to practice Dharma*
Conclusion: I must practice Dharma

Root: The time of death is uncertain.
4. The lifespan of the human being is not fixed.
5. More conditions endanger life than support it.
6. This body is extremely fragile.
Conclusion: I must practice Dharma now.

Root: Nothing can help at the time of death except my Dharma practice.
7. Wealth can't help.
8. Friends and relatives can't help.
9. Your body can't help.
Conclusion: I must practice Dharma purely.

In the realm of mindfulness and self-discovery, this framework guides practitioners through a profound contemplation on life, death, and the essence of being. 

Each of these nine points offers a pathway to introspection, inviting individuals to explore the inevitability of death, the uncertainty of its timing, and the transformative power of spiritual practice. 

Understanding the Structure
There are different approaches to meditating on the nine points, each offering its own insights and depth of understanding. One method involves meditating on all nine points in a single session. Alternatively, one might choose to dedicate one session to each point detailed above. Another option is to focus on the 3 points in 3 separate sessions: acknowledging the inevitability of death, recognizing the uncertainty of its timing, and understanding the role of spiritual practice in facing it.

Preparing for Meditation
Before delving into the meditation itself, it's crucial to create a conducive environment. Find a comfortable position, straighten your back, and allow your body to relax. Take a few moments to ground yourself in the present, shedding thoughts of the past and future. Settle your mind on the chosen topic for the meditation session.

Cultivating Motivation
As your mind settles into the present moment, cultivate a positive motivation for your meditation practice. Reflect on the aspiration for greater peace and happiness for all beings. Consider how your meditation can contribute to your own enlightenment and the well-being of others.

Exploring the Nine Points

The Inevitability of Death
  • Contemplate the certainty of death, a reality often overlooked amidst life's distractions. 
  • Reflect on the lives of those who have passed before us, recognizing that death is an inevitable part of the human experience.
  • Consider the fleeting nature of life and the urgency to engage in spiritual practice.

The Uncertainty of the Time of Death
  • Acknowledge the unpredictable nature of death's timing. 
  • Life's brevity reminds us of its preciousness. 
  • Reflect on the myriad causes of death and the fragility of the human body. 
  • Embrace the uncertainty as a catalyst for living with intention and purpose.

The Role of Spiritual Practice
  • Recognize that worldly possessions and relationships cannot accompany us beyond death. 
  • Only our mind, enriched with positive imprints, transcends the boundaries of mortality. 
  • Cultivate virtues such as compassion, patience, and wisdom, laying the foundation for a peaceful transition.

Reflection and Dedication

As the meditation draws to a close, reflect on the insights gained and the potential for personal growth. Dedicate the merit of your practice to the well-being of all sentient beings, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and compassion.

In conclusion, the meditation on the nine points offers an opportunity for introspection. By embracing the inevitability of death, acknowledging its uncertainty, and cultivating spiritual practice, we can navigate life's journey with wisdom and compassion, ultimately finding peace in the face of mortality.

*Dharma is a concept with deep roots in Eastern philosophy, particularly in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. While its interpretation varies among these traditions, at its core, dharma embodies the principles of duty, righteousness, and cosmic order.

Overall, dharma transcends religious boundaries and serves as a guiding principle for righteous living, moral conduct, and spiritual fulfillment across diverse cultural and philosophical contexts. It embodies the harmony between individual duties, societal responsibilities, and cosmic order, aiming to foster a sense of unity, balance, and interconnectedness in the world.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Candles in the Dark: Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Funeral Community


In this episode, Jennifer sits down with Kim Zavrotny of Funeral Peer Support to explore the world of global (peer) support for funeral professionals. The conversation kicks off with Jennifer expressing her admiration for their podcast "Stronger Together" and delving into her personal journey of discovering and connecting with the tight-knit funeral peer support community.

The discussion takes an insightful turn as Jennifer opens up about facing resistance to unconventional attitudes within the funeral profession.

Kim, the driving force behind the peer support group, shares the origin story of this vital community. As they delve into the volunteer nature of the organization, Kim sheds light on the heartfelt commitment that fuels this network. 

Tune in to gain valuable insights into the impactful work of this volunteer-driven global community!