At Farenga Funeral Home, we know how diverse and unique our communities are here in Queens and Astoria, and we know how special your loved one was. We believe in creating unforgettable tributes that truly portray the individuality of the life lived. While we offer many ways to craft a special service, such as memory tables, a dove release, or a video tribute, there are several other ways for a ceremony to be unforgettable. Below are a few unique ideas for celebrating the life of a loved one.
Plant a tree or decorate a memorial tree at the service
If your loved one had a green thumb or enjoyed the outdoors, find the perfect place to plant a tree in their honor. This is a way to leave a lasting legacy, and the tree will grow stronger as the years pass. They yield endless benefits, and no tree is the same. A perfect, unique end-of-life tribute!
You could also bring a real or artificial “memory tree” to the service and have friends and family write down favorite moments to hang on the branches. It’s a simple way to focus on the great times from the past and remember the wonderful qualities your loved one possessed. If you follow through with this idea, be sure you purchase a tree that will accommodate everyone’s contribution.
Create a Board of Quotes
At the service, bring a large cork board so friends and family can pin a quote, passage, or saying that reflects the life lived. It could be from their favorite book, poem, movie, actor, or author. If your loved one was famous for one-liners or witty remarks, use the board to feature their memorable sayings.
Sew a memorial quilt
Use your loved one’s favorite shirts, blankets, pillowcases, or scarves to create a memory quilt. Many people find tangible items like this to be healing and comforting. Don’t be afraid to use different kinds of materials – you want this to be as unique and special as your loved one.
If your loved one was an ocean enthusiast, one unique idea is to have an underwater inurnment in a memorial reef. These artificial reefs are placed on the ocean floor and are made of a combination of the cremated remains and concrete. Over time, the reef will accumulate ocean life and become a home for sea creatures. This is also a great option for those who are interested in a sustainable farewell.
These are only a few of the farewell possibilities for your loved one. Whatever you have in mind, the care team at Farenga Funeral Home will assist you in creating the most personalized service. It’s a time to celebrate just how unique your loved one was, and their farewell should reflect that.
We’re also here to help you plan your own funeral to ensure your final wishes are followed. When you’re ready to create your personalized service, contact us by calling (718) 716-6060. Or fill out our online form from the comfort of home.