Celebration of Life
A celebration of life is a ceremony conducted to remember the life of someone who passed away. It is hosted by the relatives and typically a few days or a year after the person’s demise.
The Celebration of life is different from a funeral in the sense that a funeral is a time of mourning, but this celebration is a time of remembrance. In comparison to a funeral, a celebration of life is a joyful event as people remember the happy memories left by the departed and how his or her life affected everyone around them.
How is this event celebrated?
The celebration of life is normally held a few days or during death anniversaries of the departed. The location of the event is normally done in one of the relative’s home or in a park.
The aim of the celebration is to remember happy memories with the deceased. A host can allow each participant to recount the happy memories with the departed or photos, videos or mementos that are associated with the deceased loved one.
The overall theme of the event is joyful and it must remain like that. Though participants may share poignant stories and some my become emotional, the aim of the event is to be happy. It is not the place for mourning or grief but a sheer remembrance of the happiness people felt when the loved one was still alive.