The traditional funeral is held indoors, but today more and more individuals are embracing new trends that allow them to best express themselves, and funerals have not been an exception to this. In fact, nowadays, you can find outdoors-themed, do-it-yourself funeral procedures which whilst simple, are powerful ways to honour the dead. If you also want to hold an outdoor funeral for your loved one, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The location – the first thing you should discuss with your funeral undertaker is the location of the funeral. Where do you want to host it? Most people like to have their memorial services at a nearby park or reserve, but there is no reason why you should be limited to these locations. In fact, the best location would be one filled with special memories for the deceased. Remember to ask for permissions (if necessary) to host the service before you move on with the proceedings, however.
- The weather – since the event will be outdoors, is it of utmost importance to consider the weather. You want to avoid rain or other bad weather, and since you cannot be hundred percent sure of the weather, it is also a good idea to book a nearby indoor location, or set up some tents just in case. After all, even sunny weather can become intolerable if it gets too hot, so you want to have fans or a shady retreat for your guests.
- Events to honour your beloved – nowadays, there are many ways to honour the dead. When it comes to outdoor locations, a very popular way to do this is by donating benches or similar objects in memory of the loved one. Since the idea is by no means novel, you will find that most park authorities or the like will accommodate your wishes easily. Additionally, you can also plan for ash-scattering or releasing events (butterflies or doves, for example); you can also go with flashier events such as fireworks with the ashes of your loved one.
- Be environment-friendly – since you are hosting an outdoor funeral, it might also be a good idea to go the ‘green’ route by using environment-friendly options. This includes using Singapore funeral services such as bio-degradable pine caskets or urns which eventually grow into trees. You can also hand out seeds to guests to plant in memory of your loved one.
Additional things to keep in mind – finally, you might want to also keep in mind that you will need outdoor chairs and tables, as well as bug repellent sprays and citronella candles to avoid minor problems during the event (such as too many mosquitoes hanging around).