A funeral is a beautiful way to celebrate a loved one’s unique life story. Here at Sunset View, our dedicated staff members work hard to help families in El Cerrito, El Sobrante, and Piedmont honor their loved ones with a personalized service. We encourage families to incorporate their loved one’s accomplishments and hobbies, along with beloved memories of sharing life with them, into their memorial service.


There are many ways to make a loved one’s funeral memorable. Here are some of the personalization ideas we want families to consider when planning a funeral for their loved one:


Choose a visual theme for your loved one’s funeral.

A funeral with a unifying theme can have a profound effect on those in attendance. Perhaps you decorate the casket and chapel with sports memorabilia of your loved one’s favorite team or flowers in their favorite color. Depending on your loved one’s interests, the decorative options are virtually endless.


Set up a charity donation in your loved one’s honor.  

Encouraging guests at the funeral service to make a charity donation in your loved one’s honor is a beautiful way to honor their life. This type of moving tribute brings people together for a common cause that can have significant positive impacts on the community. Perhaps your loved one was a Girl Scout leader or a passionate member of a church or civic organization. Let funeral guests know how meaningful a donation to this type of group would be and gently encourage them to give what they can.


Incorporate your loved one’s items into the funeral.   

Handling a loved one’s items after they’ve died is often an emotional act. Incorporating these items into the funeral service can be a touching way to honor their life. Perhaps you set up your loved one’s art collection outside the chapel or incorporate their beloved baking tools into a heartfelt display at the reception.


Arrange for an outdoor display or release.

Releasing butterflies or balloons is a great way to honor a loved one. This outdoor activity involves all your funeral guests and allows for a collective emotional release. An eco-friendly butterfly or balloon release can help encourage the healing journey and may soothe intense feelings of grief.



If you’d like to learn more about ways to personalize a loved one’s funeral, contact our experienced staff today. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.