I’ve never really thought about how I wanted my life to be celebrated once I pass. However, last weekend I attended a memorial service for my best friend’s mother-in-law. This was held at a wedding reception facility in KY and in lieu of a funeral. They had music, food, drinks, a photo booth, and a bounce house for the children. I have attended lots of funerals over the past few years and they are always extremely sad and depressing. I understand that our culture almost mandates a remembrance, but I believe that my friend’s husband had it right. Leave the initial bereavement for immediate family only. Why not celebrate the life of your loved ones?
This is exactly what we did last Friday night for a lady who lived a short, but wonderful life. Her family put together an amazing slide show and had hundreds of pictures on display for everyone to view. It was really great to talk to all of the friends and family who cherished this wonderful woman. They were happy to share their memories with her, instead of mourning her passing.
When I am no longer on this earth, the thought of a celebration like I witnessed sounds much more appealing than the alternative.
Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered? Let me know your thoughts.