Creative Funeral Wake Ideas for That Special Person

Creative Wake Ideas Funeral Program

Planning for a funeral wake is one of the best decisions you can take to respect a loved one. It’s an opportunity for the family and friends of the deceased to come together and pay their final respects. These days, funeral wakes now refer to receptions held after the burial – where they can trade memories, talk, and eat while at it. 

If you’re looking for some creative ideas to organize a wake, you’re in the right place. We explore some of the ideas right here: 

Organize the Wake at Their Favorite Place

One of the ways you can pay your final respects to a loved one is to host the wake at their favorite place. If they had a restaurant, sports center, social club they regularly visit, you could host the wake there. 

Play a Montage/Slide Show

If you’ve got a lot of pictures and videos of happy moments with the deceased, you can craft them into a montage or slide show that everyone can watch. Watching a montage of the dead will bring back memories that you can continually cherish. 

Release Balloons

Another creative way you can go about a funeral wake is to release balloons. But first things first: ask everyone to write short notes about how the decedent had impacted their lives and put them into balloons which you can release at a nearby lake. 

You can also opt to put those notes into paper boats and release them in the lake. Whatever option you settle for, ensure that you get permission from the necessary authorities and the items used are biodegradable. 

Display Different Photographs

Pictures paint a thousand words. So, it is essential to display different photographs of the deceased in the wake hall. Some of these images should include memories from different stages or accomplishments of their life. 

You can also display selected items such as valuable possessions, awards, plaques, and trophies won throughout their lifetime.  

Hand Out Keepsakes

Handing out keepsakes is another creative idea to infuse into a funeral wake. It’s a special feeling for everyone to leave with something that reminds them of the deceased.

Make Provision for the Kids

If kids are attending the wake and funeral service, you should make provisions for them. Kids may not be able to understand the gravity of what’s happening and may cause unwanted distractions. 

So, it’s crucial to create a special area for them to play with themselves. You can set up a coloring table and bring a couple of toys for them to tinker with. 

Planning a funeral wake is not an easy task. However, with these creative ideas, you can go on to create a memorable wake for your loved one. DisciplePress is your companion for everything about designing and printing funeral programs, mementos, slide shows, posters, thank you notes, and many more. 

Take a look at our incredible template and contact us to start working for an upcoming funeral event.



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