People are unique. Their personalities, interests and habits vary. But, until recently, if you attended one funeral, you attended them all. Everyone wore black. The service was formal. Boring, stodgy music and messages created a ceremony that encouraged tears and disdained laughter.
Thankfully, today, personalized memorials and receptions replace bleak funeral templates. And, if you ask us, this is good. Why should the life and legacy of someone who lived a long life and died of old age be remembered in the same way as a young child who valiantly struggled but ultimately lost her battle to cancer? A memorial should be as unique as the person and journey it celebrates.
At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, we understand this distinction. So, we encourage mourners to honor their loved ones any way they see fit. A great way to do this is with a theme. This could equate to something as simple as incorporating the deceased’s favorite color into floral and casket choice or as elaborate as an entire ceremony designed to mirror their favorite film.
In 2016, for example, a family threw their son a Star Wars’ themed funeral, with R2D2 and Stormtroopers in attendance. Friends decorated his coffin with images from the film and accompanied by a large wreath that read, “Jedi.”
To honor their barbecue-loving loved one, a funeral reception in Texas featured live pigs and a BBQ sauce fountain for loved ones to dip ribs.
Loved ones embalmed the corpse of a fanatic motorbike enthusiast and positioned him on his motorcycle for this three-day wake.
Showcased in TLC’s short-lived reality series Best Funeral Ever, the death of a man who loved the holiday season inspired a Christmas-themed funeral featuring dancing, reindeer, snow, and a coffin on a sleigh.
A memorial service for a pilot, who had been killed, along with two others in a plane crash, was held in a hangar – set up between several planes, his Harley Davidson, and tables of photographs representing different segments of his life. The staff at Foothill Funeral & Cremation is happy to accommodate this type of situation, as they travel to the memorial site or offer the use of their new venue in Covina, which is a gothic-style chapel.
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation
Foothill Funeral & Cremation is one of very few funeral homes that are certified by the Green Burial Council. With a beautiful showroom and offices located at 402 West Baseline in Glendora, Foothill Funeral & Cremation proudly serves the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. With years of experience in the mortuary industry, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.