This Close to Home cartoon puts Olympic flair into a funeral. It also offers a great lesson in personalization.
People gathered at the side of a bobsled run marvel at a man in an open casket swooshing down the chute. The caption reads, “At the funeral of 1932 gold medalist Hans Voortman.” A number of people look like they’re smiling.
While “Hans Voortman” is a made-up name, this is an interesting idea. Why not make your funeral a celebration of your achievements in life – be it sports, family, handicrafts, hunting/fishing, music or whatever?
The 2012 celebration of the lives of Olympian Pat Porter and his son Connor, tragically killed in a private airplane crash, featured the Olympic flag carried in by cousins of Connor. Pat Porter was a two-time U.S. Olympic Team Member in 1984 and 1988 in the 10,000 meters. He was a world record holder, twelve-time U.S. National Champion, and won a record-setting number of titles in consecutive USA Track & Field Senior Men’s Cross Country Nationals. Read more about this extensive memorial service.
It seems so many families are amazed to find out they can personalize a memorial service in all sorts of ways that don’t occur to them. Very often, it’s up to funeral professionals to tease out the stories that can lead to personalized, meaningful, memorable send-offs.
For great memorial service ideas, check out the books A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die and Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips.