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Nearly 5 years ago, my husband’s precious maternal grandmother passed away. This special woman had an amazing sense of humor and a flair for life. Without saying a word, she could make me laugh with just a look. Several years before her death, she visited a local funeral home in order to plan her funeral services. When she passed away, the family didn’t have to deal with the stress of organizing her farewell services. They could relax, grieve, and concentrate on the wonderful memories they shared with her. I've grown to appreciate this. On this blog, you will discover the steps required to plan your own funeral.

Planning Your Funeral

Honor Your Father's Life As A Pianist During A Cremation Service

Nora Mitchelle

If your father recently passed away and you would like to plan a cremation service to honor his life and his accomplishments as a pianist, try one or more of the following suggestions to assist you.

Music Collage

Create a large collage that can be hung inside of the room where the service is being held. Browse through photos of your father as he played the piano during recitals,  pictures of the instruments that he owned over the years, and any awards that he received throughout his life. Use double-sided tape to secure the photos on a piece of card stock or cardboard.

Write a description underneath each photograph that includes details about specific events and the dates that pictures were taken. Suggest that guests browse the pictures at their leisure and invite each person to share some memories that they have, concerning specific moments that you highlighted on the collage. 

Copies Of A Favorite Song And A Recording

Browse through the sheet music that your father owned and select a piece of music that your dad was fond of. Purchase an audio recording of the song being played on a piano. Have copies of the sheet music made and hand one to each attendee of the cremation ceremony. Plug in a portable stereo system before playing the recorded song. Encourage everyone to sing along to the music if there are words written for the musical selection. After the service is over, each person can frame their sheet music or have it laminated to maintain its condition. 

Personalized Shirts

Purchase some plain white t-shirts or shirts that are a neutral color and trace stencils with fabric paint to add your dad's name to the front or back of each garment. Use the paint to add a unique quote or the name of a song that your father liked throughout his life. If you would like the shirts to be personalized with a photo of your dad, take a personal picture to a business that designs iron on transfers and order enough transfers to be used on the amount of shirts that you have purchased.

After adding a transfer to each shirt, place the shirts in a box and carry the box inside of the funeral home or room that is being used to hold the cremation service. Hand the shirts out to people who attend the event. The shirts will help preserve your father's memory whenever they are worn.

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