Discover Creative Funeral Ideas

I am  constantly hunting for unique creative funeral ideas. The following are a number of  innovative ideas to help create a one-of-a-kind service.  The goal is to plan a program that will help the family, and those that attend, ways to remember their loved one.

Funeral Photo Video Presentation

Looking for creative funeral ideas for a photo presentation? Say goodbye to humdrum Powerpoint presentations. Now you can create stunning photo video presentations.

Animoto takes your pictures, analyzes your music background, and melds the two together in a way that feels somewhat like a MTV video.

Digital Photo Frame

"For my father's funeral, my sister Barbara purchased a digital photo frame and downloaded pictures depicting our father's life over his 89 years. It was placed to the left of the casket where family and friends could reflect on his life. Later, it was set up at the reception displaying pictures of the entire family over the years." 

- Gloria, New York

Photo Memory Books for Funerals or Memorial Services

You might consider compiling a Photo Memory Book, for the funeral or memorial service. By setting it up on a table at the reception, people can view at their leisure. Nowadays, you can create beautiful Memory Books with your photos of your loved one, with help from online programs. For a review of web-based funeral memory photo books available, click here.

Profession Printing and Binding with Lay-flat Pages

Dove Release

"Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." 

- Psalm 55:6

It has been said that doves carry the soul of our beloved to heaven. Doves are often depicted on gravestones , representing the eternal peace of the departed.

When doves fly away at the end of a service it somehow yields a sense of closure.

A final goodbye. 

Memory Takeaway Gifts

I have found Memory Take-Away Gifts, add a meaningful element to the funeral service.     A memory take-away gift for those who attend the service has tremendous healing powers for the family, because they want their loved one  to be remembered.

The attendees, usually as they are leaving, are given a gift to remember the deceased. It could be;

  • Packages of Wild Flower seeds.  Seeds are embedded in the heart shaped paper and ready to plant.  Sold in packages of 50.
  • recipe cards printed with a grandmother's favorite cookie recipe.
  • For an infant or young child's service, teddy bears are a touching memory takeaway.


When a child is taken from us at too young an age, the fear is that they will be forgotten.

A button with their photo on it could be given to everyone as they enter the service to wear.

Personalized Golf Balls

People personalize golf balls for weddings, birthdays and retirements.  Why not for  funerals?  You can personalize them  with the name of your loved one, year of birth and year of death, or a favorite expression.  Personalized golf balls make a perfect takeaway gift for the attendees.

Lifesize Poster

This idea may seem somewhat 'off the wall' so to speak, however it merits some thought. 

My family used a life size cutout for my brother-in-law's Celebration of Life. 

Peter's passion was hockey.  He played the sport his entire life. We  held his Celebration of Life in the mezzanine area of a hockey arena.  His number was on the scoreboard  and we made a life size cutout of him in his hockey gear.

Guests lined up to have their photo taken with him.  He would have loved it.

Consider Turning Your Loved One Into A Memorial Tree

Bios Urn is 100% biodegradable, made of coconut shell, compacted peat, and cellulose. It has two parts — a top capsule for the seed, and a bottom part for the ashes. This structure allows the seed to germinate separated from the ashes and their high acidity. 

Once the urn starts to biodegrade, the seed roots are already strong enough to contact them and the entire set becomes part of the sub-soil. 

The Urn is manufactured both for people and for pets; it can be used with ash saved from another urn, and it doesn’t expire. So far, the studio has distributed the Urn to more than 7,000 people worldwide. When ordering, the customers can pick the type of seed they would like — oak, maple, pine, gingko, beech, ash, or choose to get an urn without a seed in order to use their own. Either way, the cost is $147.95 plus shipping. 

Leaving behind a tree definitely seems like a better option than leaving behind a tombstone.

Digitize Home Movies

Do you have home movies trapped inside old boxes in garages, attics and closets, fading away... waiting to be converted “some day”?

At times like this - when a loved one dies - we realize how precious these memories are. And how important it is to preserve them for future generations.

Make your memories last forever.  This company will digitize your old home movies.

Creative Ideas for Funeral Food

As part of the celebration of someone's life we are used to using cakes to mark special events. There is no doubt that a funeral is an equally special event which can be marked by a specially created cake see Creative Funeral Food that will not only mark the occasion in a celebratory worry but can also be a solemn creation that will make any funeral a little bit different but more memorable at the same time. 

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