If your loved one adored the outdoors, it might be fitting to hold their funeral service in an outdoor location. This is a wonderful way to personalize the service to them and honor their memory. While the format and order of the service would be like that of an indoor funeral, there are some special considerations to keep in mind when planning an outdoor service. Directors of funeral homes in North Battleford, SK. have these tips to help you plan a beautiful outdoor service.
Select the Location
The most important decision you will need to make is selecting the location for the service. If your loved one had an outdoor passion or hobby, there might be an obvious choice of location. For example, if your loved one enjoyed surfing, then having the service on the beach near the ocean would be fitting.
If there is no obvious choice, some locations you could consider are:
- A local park
- Lodge or other private club (outdoor space)
- Botanic gardens
- Family land
Set the Date
When selecting the date for the outdoor service, you may need to be a little more flexible than with an indoor service. This is due mostly to the weather. You will want to check the forecast and keep weather conditions in mind.
Consider the Guests’ Needs
Making sure your guests are comfortable at an outdoor service will take a little more attention than with an indoor location. Some of these things you will need to address are:
- Seating– Very often outdoor locations may not have seating for your guests so you will need to rent chairs.
- Sound system / Microphone– To ensure all of the guests can hear the speakers at the funeral, you may need to rent a microphone. This is especially true if it is a large service.
- Rent a Tent– Depending on the weather, you may wish to rent a tent for the service to be held under. This could be in case of rain or to provide shade if it is a very hot, sunny day.
How to Decorate an Outdoor Service
Most likely you will not need many decorations at all since the outdoors will be providing a lovely environment. If you would like to add additional décor, you could consider some items such memory rocks that can also service as funeral favors for the guests, a tribute table in honor of your loved one, or additional flowers and plants.
Weather can change on a dime. No matter how much you plan, there may be a case where the weather simply isn’t cooperating. If this happens, be flexible and remember that is okay to change the order of the service or even shorten the service. The length of the service isn’t a representation of how much the deceased was loved.
If you would like more information about outdoor services from funeral homes in North Battleford, SK., give us a call or come by anytime. Our funeral directors are happy to discuss all the options with you.