If one of your loved one’s last wishes was not to have a funeral, it is important to honor their request. It’s entirely possible that you may want to create a space to grieve and mourn your loss, because funerals really are for the living. Here are alternative things you can do in place of a funeral to honor your loved one’s wishes as well as your own needs.
Make A Donation
If some people are disappointed because they won’t be able to honor your loved one by attending the funeral, choose a charity that they can donate to in recognition of your loved one.
You can use online platforms to make it easy for you and your community. Online donations can be set up by adding the link to the charity on the memorial Announcement in the donations section (see example on Everdays).
Host A Dinner
Gather family and friends together for a meal where signature drinks and food loved by the deceased are served. Encourage guests to share their favorite memories of the deceased around the table. But first, start off by sharing yours.
There are so many ways you can mourn the loss of your loved one and still honor their wishes of not wanting a funeral.
What are some other ways that you honor someone you’ve lost?