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DISTINCTIVE TRIBUTES

Inspiration for a truly personalized memorial service can be found in many things—an esteemed career, a favorite philanthropy or a signature style. Our gallery is full of ideas to help you plan, from distinctive floral designs to ingenious mementos.

BY THE SEA

Many people find serenity and sanctuary at the seashore. Beach and coastal inspirations can make a tribute one to remember. A sand pathway, ambient soundtrack of waves and seabirds, and a table decorated with shells and treasures are just a few personal touches that will give a wave and a nod to a special loved one.

A MOVING MEMORIAL

When someone has a passion for the open road, their memorial is practically mapped out. Gather fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for a leather-studded procession with an urn or photograph sitting snugly in the sidecar. Ask guests to share a round of toasts with an ice-cold brew. Then send everyone home with a keepsake key chain.

A MEMORIAL IN A BLOOM

If she had a green thumb, consider an outdoor service under a blooming trellis, with flower petals creating a colorful walkway. Custom seed packets for guests encourage them to plant new life in her honor. Flowers in watering cans make colorful centerpieces. Let your loved one‘s unique spirit plant the seeds of a perfect celebration.

A SHIMMERING GOODBYE

She was always dressed to the nines and would never be caught in anything without her pearls. So how do you plan the perfect funeral service for such a classy and classic lady? Start by encouraging guests to wear pearls in her honor. Layer in a pianist playing 1940s standards. Add cupcakes in her favorite color and topped with pearl embellishments.

A CLASSIC REMEMBRANCE

For the cigar aficionado, a tasteful tribute is the perfect farewell. Consider custom cigar labels commemorating a special life, engraved matchbooks and a sophisticated trio playing a string of jazz standards. All of which can create an unforgettable atmosphere and a highly personal memorial service. Welcome to the club!

FOR THE GOOD SPORT

For the person who put their heart and soul into every inning, their funeral service should be nothing short of a grand slam. How about an outside memorial with ballpark ambiance complete with custom jerseys? Create distinctive displays with sports equipment and flowers. Serve ballpark peanuts, hotdogs and chilled bottles of colorful sodas.

A RECIPE TO REMEMBER

For the cook who‘s always most at home in the kitchen, the ingredients for a special celebration are plentiful. For the décor, display aprons or a life‘s collection of cookbooks. On the menu? The chef‘s signature dishes, prepared by family and friends. And engraved wooden spoons for guests to take home will stir up fond memories for years to come.

SUITED TO A TEE

When planning the perfect funeral service for a golfer, consider some elements on par with this pastime. An outside service with a putting green and a golf cart procession to start things off. For guests, offer commemorative golf balls and serve club sandwiches with golf-inspired cupcakes. Add a string quartet for an elegant final foursome.