If a friend or family member just passed away and you are looking for an alternative to having a traditional funeral at a church or a funeral home, then you will be pleased to learn that you have many other options. The best way to choose a location for a celebration of life gathering is to start the process by thinking about what the deceased was passionate about and where they enjoyed spending time. Use this important information to help in your search for a location.
To get your creative juices flowing, here are some popular alternative locations others have used to celebrate the lives of their loved ones:
A Local Park or Open Space
If the deceased spent a lot of time in a local park or open space walking their dog or hiking, then this makes a great location for a memorial service. You can ask others to gather at the park and you can either sit and talk about the deceased's life or you can take a memorial walk and follow it up by having a meal or snack where you can sit and talk about the deceased.
A Community Center or HOA Banquet Space
If anyone in the deceased's family lives in a homeowner's association that has a nice banquet space, this will make a nice location for a celebration of life service. If there is no good HOA option, then most communities have a community center you can rent. This is a good option if you have a large number of people coming to the service and you want to cook and serve food.
A Local Zoo or Theme Park
The most memorable celebrations of someone's life are those held at out-of-the-box locations. Since your deceased friend or relative would want you to have a nice time at their final party, think outside-of-the-box and come up with somewhere unique.
For example, if the deceased was an avid animal lover, then have their memorial service at a local zoo or dog park. Ask that visitors bring pet food donations for a local animal shelter in lieu of sending flowers.
Finally, if the deceased loved to go to theme parks and ride roller coasters, then spend a day at a theme park. Ride all of the roller coasters as a memorial to the deceased's love of them, and then have a personal service over their favorite carnival foods, such as corn dogs, cheese steak sandwiches, and funnel cake.
Contact a funeral home, like Parsippany Funeral Home Inc, for more help.