Some families without any religious affiliation
find that a formal funeral or memorial service feels out of sync with the deceased
and themselves. There is also a trend in final arrangements towards a so-called
“celebration” that, for some, comes uncomfortably close to a “party”. As a
result, more families than ever know what they don’t want, but are left wondering what to do.
To address this situation, we created a
completely new and unique service option: the Alternatives Event™.
Our Licensed Funeral Directors and Event
Planners will design and present theme proposals to the family, and will
preside over the order of service on your behalf. The content of the Event will
be customized for your family, and often held in a unique facility or location
relevant to the deceased’s life. And here’s another key distinction: unlike
most ceremonies at which attendees are merely spectators, an Alternatives Event™
encourages involvement and participation.
Example of an Alternatives Event™:
We arranged for a family’s Alternatives Event™
to be held in a hangar at a municipal airport in honour of a deceased pilot.
The Event was staged in a hangar, and we catered a barbeque – a favourite of
the deceased – outdoors on the tarmac for guests to enjoy. We also stationed a
bartender dressed in a flight attendant’s uniform at an open bar, and arranged
for the family to arrive by helicopter bearing the ashes of the deceased so
that the guest of honour would be present, and we organized a flyby of restored
World War II aircraft as the finale of the Event.
Guests also had an opportunity to fly and land
radio-controlled helicopters in exchange for donations to the deceased’s
charity with the amount based on accuracy of flight. The result? A completely
involving and interactive event that proved truly meaningful and memorable to
everyone who took part and attended.
Sounds very different
from a funeral or memorial service, doesn’t it? Perhaps now you have a better
idea of what your family would want.
And when it comes to cost, you’ll
find it surprisingly affordable.