After a funeral or memorial service, many families choose to host a reception for friends and family who attended the service. This customary gathering offers those mourning the deceased a chance to support one another, share memories and stories, and celebrate the life of the person they cared so much about.
"A tastefully organized post-funeral luncheon or reception is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together, but it should be respectful of the day's purpose," said John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. "It's important to remember that you're hosting a memorial gathering, and sometimes a more simple event will be more meaningful in the end."
Funerals and celebrations of life are becoming more personalized and unique, and many families are choosing to follow suit for the funeral reception. There are no specific rules regarding receptions; they can be as simple or complex as the host prefers. "I advise our clients to not feel compelled to host a funeral luncheon if they feel truly uncomfortable with the idea," added Adolf. "There is nothing wrong or inappropriate with not having one." For families who do choose to host a funeral reception, there are 3 tips that can help make it special:
1. Ask for help. Even a simple event takes planning on several levels, and can be challenging to execute without assistance from friends and other family members.
2. Choose a location that is convenient or was special to the deceased. Don't feel obligated to serve alcohol or a full-course meal.
3. If possible, personalize the reception with photos, keepsakes, and memorabilia that foster interaction and the sharing of memories among the attendees. Playing significant background music, serving favorite foods of the deceased, and offering an open microphone so that guests can share their favorite memory will make the event memorable and special. For more information, please contact:
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
John R. Adolf, Director
7000 South Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
2921 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402