Planning a funeral is never easy; it is not something you ever want to think about, and it will bring back memories of your loved one.

However, a funeral does not have to be a sad and sombre affair. At Joseph C Roberts, we believe a funeral should always be a celebration of life, reflecting the individual you are laying to rest.

As a result, personal touches are vitally important, so we have listed a few things below that you might have never considered which could help you give a member of your family the personal funeral.

What did they love?

Try and consider hobbies and past times they love and think about how you might be able to incorporate this in to the day. If they are a keen runner or sports enthusiast, can people run to the ceremony, or can running vests by put over the coffin?

Wear colourful clothes

Whist tradition indicates that black is a colour to be worn at a funeral, there is nothing stopping you breaking the norm and going for a lot of colour. Again, if your loved one had a hobby, break tradition with that, but just changing the suit colour to great and bright ties can be an easy way to make it a celebration.

Ask guests to share memories

You may know more about your loved one than anyone else, but you may not know how much they influence others. Ask friends and family to share their own memories and include these in either a picture frame, corkboard or just with post-it notes. Not only will this give you much more insight in to what people felt about your family member, it will also be nice for others to see how much of a wonderful person they are.

These are just a few of many ways you can personalise a funeral to make it more about the individual you love. If you are in the process of planning a funeral and would like some assistance, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team and we will arrange a visit to come and see you.

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