A Fond Farewell

Mon, Mar 24, 2014

funeral final photo

Most people don’t think that event planning can include funeral services, but my mother’s death in early March gave me an opportunity to once again create a fine affair.  In fact, the directors at the funeral home said afterward that they had never seen one executed so beautifully.

We chose to call it a Service of Farewell as we were not saying goodbye to her as we know we will meet her again in eternity.  Everything in the service focused around the theme of farewell.   She had selected the color theme of pink and burgundy, and we contacted the local florist and asked that all arrangements be done in that color palette.  She was attired in pink, and it made a statement around the casket.

My mother loved chocolate so we gave out kisses favors at the guest book area.  The inscription on the tag read: Although our mom has left us, and our hearts are very sad, we cherish her love and kisses and remember the life she had.

funeral favors

I think the typical picture boards at funerals are not particularly well done as usually they are done in a collage style with no significance if you are not intimately connected to the individual.  We chose to do a tribute table with black and white pictures in silver frames of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We also decorated inexpensive boxes with photos of her throughout the years and stacked them on several tables with flowers in the top box.

funeral tribute table

 

funeral photo boxes

 

funeral second photo box

My mother loved desserts so we had two Sweets and Savories tables open throughout the reviewal and after the service.  We served many of the sweets she enjoyed throughout her eighty-five years.

funeral sweet table

All five of her children participated in the service as well as five of her grandchildren.  Her husband of sixty-four years walked beside her and held her hand until the very end when she reached the gates of heaven.  All ended well!

funeral eternity photo

My sister did a video from the family which was shown during the service.  It can be viewed on youtube tappa puppets farewell from the family.

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