If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, you may be trying to think of ways in which you can include guests in the service. Not everyone who attends a funeral will have the chance to perform a reading or act as a pallbearer. Thankfully, there are some other things you can do which will help to ensure that everyone is involved. One way of making mourners at a funeral feel part of the ceremony is to give them a small gift. Below is a guide to some of the gifts you may want to consider handing out during the funeral service.
If the dearly deceased liked a drink now and again, then handing out small bottles of their favourite tipple can be a nice way of thanking guests for attending the funeral while also providing them with the opportunity to toast your loved one and to wish them peace wherever they may now be. Small bottles of wine or spirits are particularly popular. However, you must be careful not to offend any guests who do not drink. If this is the case, you should arrange for an alternative gift from the list below.
If your loved one had a favourite flower or plant, then handing out some seeds can be a great way of ensuring their memory continues. Seeds are rich in symbolism. As they break through the cold, dead soil and spring into life, they can help to remind those left behind that life goes on and that the things the deceased loved in their life are still a part of their lives.
If the person who has passed away had a favourite type of stone or if you can track down their birthstone, you may wish to hand out small pieces of the rock to the mourners at the funeral. As well as being a reminder of the person they have lost, the stones also help to communicate the durability of their love for the person who has died.
Small candles are another ideal gift for people who have attended the funeral. The flame of a candle signifies the light which can guide you through the darkness of grief. It can also provide a focal point if people wish to pray or meditate when they get home from the funeral service.
If you would like further information and advice, you should get in touch with a funeral services provider today.