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Personalization isn't just about honoring your loved one's individuality. It also allows family and friends to feel connected to the services and the life being honored. We work closely with you and your family to get to know your loved one's life story so we can make their services as personal as possible.

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Life Tribute Videos

We'll create a one-of-a-kind Tribute Video by combining family photographs, music of your choice, and professional effects to share your loved one's special journey during the service. This video also is available as a DVD and meaningful keepsake after the ceremony is over.

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Personalized Stationery

Our high-quality stationery sets have more than 500 themes you can choose from to honor your loved one. We can help you find the perfect theme during our arrangement conference.

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Keepsake Candles

Honor your loved one with these personalized glass candles. We'll customize your candle so you can take it home and have a little bit of warmth and light in your time of grief. They're easy to refill, so you can keep them for years to come.

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Unique Ideas for Personalizing a Funeral Service

It is never easy to lose a loved one. When preparing for their funeral, it can be hard to think of personalized touches that will help the service stand out and honor the life of your loved one. Personalizing a funeral service can also promote healing for the bereaved. The good thing about a personalized funeral service is there is no checklist to follow, you can personalize everything to reflect your loved one’s life and personality. Let us list down unique ideas you can do during your funeral service in order to personalize it and make it truly special for all attendees.

Brainstorm Memorial Ideas with Your Funeral Director

One personalized funeral idea is to brainstorm with your funeral director about what you want from the service and how it will be personalized for your loved one’s life. You might have special songs, poems or readings in mind that reflect their personality or interests so make sure they are included in the ceremony. If there was a significant time that you spent together with your loved one,  such as a vacation or special event, consider incorporating elements of that time into the funeral service.

Funeral Procession

One unique idea is to have a funeral procession. You can ask all attendees to dress in the deceased’s favorite color or style and walk from the funeral home to the burial site. This will show your loved one’s personality and give everyone a chance to say goodbye. 

Media Display Options

Many funeral services today can include visual elements such as photos and video footage. There are two options when it comes to personalized funeral services for this:

  • Use photo boards instead of a traditional casket if the deceased loved photography or was photographed often. 
  • Include personalized pictures in an album that can be passed around during the service, such as baby pictures (for infants) or high-resolution pictures of your loved ones. 

Find Ways to Include Their Favorite Things

Every person is unique and personalized funeral services should reflect that. If your loved one is a painter, include some of their paintings in the service so everyone can remember how they expressed themselves through art. 

If they love fishing or hunting, have pictures of them with friends and family enjoying these activities displayed at the memorial service. For an avid reader, place books around the casket of your loved one. For a tech-lover, include their favorite electronic device in the service as well to make it personalized funeral services that are more meaningful and memorable for those who attend.

Focusing on How They Lived Their Life

Rather than focusing exclusively on how they died, personalized funeral services should also focus on how they lived their life. Many families nowadays like the idea of life celebration. This is where personalized funeral services focus on celebrating the life of your loved one such as their birthdays and other milestones that they've accomplished over their lifetime.

Souvenirs for Guests

Another personalized idea is to create an individualized memorial item for guests to take home with them. This could include photos, poems, and readings specifically chosen by you to reflect your loved one’s life.. You could also create a personalized memorial book with photos and tributes from friends and family.

Invite Guests to Share a Memory

Aside from the traditional guest book, include a remembrance board where guests can share a memory they spent with your loved ones.  This is a great way to capture all the amazing moments and stories your loved one leaves behind.

Include Favorite Foods

Food is a universal language loved by everyone. If the deceased has a favorite food , include it in the funeral service. This could be anything from a special dish to their favorite desserts. You can also include their favorite foods during a funeral repast.


Think Outside the Box

Some of the creative examples we've seen from families come from using a unique casket. While many families may opt for the traditional ones, funeral homes do cater to your needs when it comes to a funeral or cremation service.  Like we mentioned before, you can personalize every aspect of the service.


These are some of the best unique ideas to personalize your funeral service. One final note just in case you don't know, you can plan ahead these personalized funeral ideas any time. Hillcrest Funerals and Cremation will be there to guide you so that you will have the funeral or cremation service that you and your loved ones wanted. Give us a call today at (509) 737-9717 (Kennewick) or (509) 547-3321 (Pasco).

Hillcrest Funerals and Cremation
Phone: (509) 737-9717
9353 W Clearwater Ave Kennewick, WA 99336

Hillcrest Funerals and Cremation
Phone: (509) 547-3321
2804 W Lewis St Pasco, WA 99301

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