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Our friendly team at L. Hawkins and Sons Ltd are always available to help you choose the most fitting tributes and personal touches for your loved ones. Serving Epsom and the local Surrey area as funeral directors since 1932, we have noticed more and more people embracing unique ideas for funerals.
Whether looking for those personal touches to say goodbye to a loved one or planning ahead with a pre-paid funeral, below we have listed some thoughtful, personal and unique ideas that may inspire you.
1. Personalised Casket
You can be especially creative with your coffin and casket choices, decorating them to capture your own or loved one’s personality and interests. This can be done in the traditional way with beautiful flowers or photographs. Alternatively, you could get a specialist company paint the coffin in a specific design or invite family members and close friends to write messages or draw on the casket.
2. Memory Jar
At L. Hawkins & Sons funeral directors near Epsom, one of our team’s favourite ideas is the memory jar. A brilliant way to celebrate the person’s life and to collect memories from guests and family who attend, place a jar with some paper and pens next to it, along with a sign requesting people to write down a memory of your loved one and place it in the jar. This would also work with a ‘Guest Book’ or notecards.
3. Seed Cards
A wonderful way to create a personal touch is with seed cards, especially if the person being remembered was a keen gardener. You can make these yourselves or order them through a company specialising in personalised seed cards for funerals. Some of the most options are to create cards that contain forget-met not seeds for guests to grow in tribute.
4. Memory Board
As funeral directors in the Epsom area for many years, we’ve seen various different versions of memory boards. The great thing about a memory board is that it can contain anything, from a beautiful collection of photographs from the person’s life to a collage of photos, postcards and messages.
5. Recipe Cards
If the person who has passed was a keen cook or baker, they may have a favourite recipe often requested by family and friends. As a tribute to their cooking passion and to pass on their legacy as an amazing cook, have the recipe printed and create handouts for guests. You could also arrange to have the food after the funeral in memory.
6. Favourite Things Table
Personal touches at funerals help us to celebrate someone’s life and one of the best ways to this is with a table of their favourite things. Place items on it reflecting their hobbies or interests, perhaps with some of their favourite foods and treats that friends and family can help themselves too. Pieces they have written or created themselves can also be added to help guests to feel their presence.