How Does a Celebration of Life Differ from a Funeral?

By: George Darte
Friday, August 20, 2021

Today, there are several alternatives to conventional funeral services. If you do not have any religious inclinations, you can opt for a more personalized Celebration of Life service.

At George Darte Funeral Home, we have seen that many families now prefer to celebrate the life that their loved ones lived.

They do not feel that they need to grieve even when dealing with their loss. A celebration of life is not a new concept, but some people are unaware of what it involves. Here we look at how it differs from a funeral service.

What Is A Celebration Of Life?

As mentioned earlier, a celebration of life celebrates the life that the person lived. The focus is on the positive memories that the family shared with their loved one, rather than just mourning their loss. You can share experiences and stories and reminisce the good times to reduce your grief. During a celebration of life:

  • The family follows an informal structure for the service rather than a religious one.
  • You can have this service at any time after the person has passed.
  • This intimate and personal ceremony suits modern references.

What Is A Funeral Service?

A funeral is more structured and it follows a specific process and pattern. It is planned and very formal as per religious guidelines. People feel that funerals are spiritual and more familiar, so many do not want to experiment. A funeral service typically:

  • Is conducted before the person is cremated or buried
  • Needs to have a priest present
  • Can be challenging to personalize and make unique
  • You can discuss your preferences with the funeral director to better understand whether a standard funeral service or an informal celebration of life service suits your requirements.

For more details, please call George Darte Funeral Home at 905-937-4444 or use our contact form. One of our team members will call you shortly to answer your queries.

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