Ideas for Celebration of Life

Death is something we will all encounter at some point in our lifetime. Although we know it’s inevitable, going through the loss of a loved one is a difficult time. Some may dread the funeral service, focusing on sadness and grief while saying one last goodbye. At Diehl-Whittaker Funeral, we turn our focus to the celebration of life. We use this as a time to joyfully celebrate the achievements made in the person’s lifetime, honoring their values, and sharing memories with friends and family. Diehl-Whittaker Funeral has been hosting these Homegoings of Distinction for the Columbus community since 1905. Our caring staff will work with your family to offer ideas for your family’s celebration of life memorial service to give the dearly departed the tribute they truly deserve. 

How Will You Honor the Deceased?

The main question when planning a celebration of life is determining who the event is for. Although this event revolves around honoring your loved one, it is also for friends and family of the deceased. When arranging a memorial service, make it a point to have the service reflect the individual. Allow their character and favorite hobbies to shine through. How will you honor the life of your loved one and celebrate who they were? The atmosphere of the celebration is completely up to your family. For those who crave a celebration of life that truly reflects the personality of the deceased, consider these ideas to use in their remembrance.


  • The Food Fanatic. If your loved one had a soft spot for serving delicious homemade meals at family gatherings or Sunday afternoons, consider organizing a dinner party or incorporating their favorite dishes during the celebration. You are sure to feel a close connection when enjoying the dishes they were known for.
  • The Generous Soul. Was the departed known for being a caring, charitable person? Perhaps they devoted themselves to volunteering locally or helping the community. Hosting a fundraiser in honor of their generosity is a great way to express their personality. Choose an organization or cause they were passionate about where friends and family can donate.
  • Card Game Connoisseur. Do you have fond memories of playing card games or board games with your departed loved one? Incorporate this fun into the celebration, ensuring friends and family are honoring them how they would want to be remembered.


Do you have other ideas?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on the very best ways to honor our departed loved ones with personalized celebrations of the person’s life and values.



Diehl-Whittaker is a funeral service in Columbus, Ohio who makes every effort to reflect the quality of your loved one’s life.

The care your family deserves, at a cost your family can afford. Contact us today for burial packages, cremation packages, and pre-planning assistance.

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