Creative Ideas for a Non-Traditional Funeral Service from Greenwood & Myers Mortuary


Boulder, US, 03/04/2022 / Greenwood & Myers Mortuary /

services are very personal experiences that should reflect the
preferences of the person who has passed. Many people prefer a
traditional funeral ceremony held at their place of worship. However, it
is increasingly common when thinking about how to prepare for funeral
services to consider hosting a non-traditional funeral.

to take that approach frees family members to celebrate the life of
their loved one in creative ways that highlight the person’s personality
and interests. Did they enjoy cooking? Were they a nature lover? Did
they have a love of boating? Were they an artist? A non-traditional
funeral ceremony can showcase the person’s passions and encourage people
to focus less on the loss and more on the joy that their loved one
experienced in life and shared with others.

Coordinating a Personalized Funeral Service

list of ideas for a non-traditional funeral service is virtually
limitless. However, below are 10 suggestions for consideration. Each
enables family members to coordinate a truly unique celebration of the
person’s life.

  • Host a home funeral. It’s
    common in many cultures and religious traditions to gather in the home
    of someone who has passed or that of another family member to offer
    condolences. Some people choose to go further and host a funeral service
    there. This is particularly fitting for a deceased loved one who
    enjoyed some of their happiest times at home. An added benefit is that
    the funeral ceremony can be scheduled whenever it is convenient for
    family members.
  • Plan a memorial concert. For
    a music lover, what could be better than having their favorite tunes
    played live at their funeral service? Anywhere that musicians can gather
    can be the perfect venue for a memorial concert—at a park, at the
    beach, or wherever the person would have enjoyed attending a musical
    performance in life.
  • Plant a tree.
    If your loved one was a nature
    lover, consider coordinating their funeral ceremony around the planting
    of a tree. There is tremendous symbolism in continuing the “circle of
    life” in this way. Plus, checking on the tree’s progress through the
    years will serve as a wonderful reminder of your loved one.
  • Commission and reveal a painting or other work of art.
    Whether it is a portrait of your
    loved one, a landscape painting of a place or type of scene they would
    appreciate, a sculpture representing their interests or some other item
    symbolic of their life, a work of art is a lasting memorial that can be
    handed down from generation to generation. And, making its unveiling the
    focus of a funeral service will bring a smile to the face of everyone
    in attendance.
  • Host a meal at the person’s favorite restaurant. It
    is common to have refreshments or a meal after a traditional funeral
    service. But you can conduct the service as part of a gathering at the
    person’s favorite restaurant. Sharing a meal has a way of relaxing
    people and strengthening the bonds between them, which is something your
    loved one would surely approve of.
  • Coordinate a movie night.
    people have a movie that they feel truly encapsulates life for them. If
    that is true of your loved one, you can host a showing of that film in
    your home and talk before or after the movie about why your loved one
    found it so meaningful. Some movie theaters will rent their space when
    it is not being used, allowing you to show the movie on a big screen.
  • Dedicate a small shrine in your home.
    One of the things that can
    concern both a person who is in their final days and their loved ones is
    that memories of the person will quickly fade after they pass. That
    concern can be addressed by creating a small, tasteful “shrine” in your
    home. Adorned with photos, artworks created by or for the person and
    other mementos, the space can be a wonderful reminder of all the person
    meant to the people who knew them.
  • Create a group-sourced memorial book.
    memorial book is a portable “shrine” of sorts, and you can build your
    funeral ceremony around people providing material for the book. This
    material could be photos of the person, handwritten notes about fond
    memories of time spent together, etc. Seeing those items collected for
    inclusion in the memorial book can help family members and others in
    attendance understand and appreciate the impact the person had on those
    around them.
  • Scatter the person’s ashes in a favorite location. Cremation
    is an increasingly popular choice for the disposition of a deceased
    loved one’s physical remains. Once the cremation has been performed,
    family and friends can participate in scattering the ashes in a location
    that the person loved—into a body of water, along a hiking trail, on a
    mountain peak or other elevated location where they watched sunsets,
    etc. The scattering of ashes may be prohibited in some places, so you
    should do some research before the event takes place.
  • Have a private service. It
    is traditional to invite family and friends to attend a funeral.
    However, you are not obligated to do so. You may choose to have only
    immediate family at the funeral service and encourage others to
    celebrate the life of your loved one in a way of their choosing. If the
    thought of hosting a public funeral service is very stressful for you
    and your family, an intimate event can alleviate that stress and allow
    you to mourn your loss and celebrate the person’s life without that

Arrange a Funeral Ceremony Your Loved One Would Approve Of

people who attend your loved one’s funeral ceremony might not choose
the type of non-traditional service you have arranged. But what matters
is what your loved one would think of the ceremony.

is important that you respect their wishes, whatever those wishes are.
If a festive Hawaiian luau or a lively dance party, rather than a somber
church funeral, would put a smile on their face, then that’s exactly
the type of service you should coordinate.

About Greenwood & Myers Mortuary

We know there are other funeral homes in the area to choose from. But we also know that families who turn to us during a time of loss, or for pre-arrangement services experience our very high standards of service. We offer professional guidance and personal and specialized attention before, during and after the loss of a loved one. Our reputation for honesty and integrity is very well-known, and it is our most valuable asset.

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