Fall-Inspired Funeral Personalization Ideas

Posted by: Erin Ward in Funeral Planning Resources | July 8, 2021
You can plan a fall-inspired funeral service any time of the year, even if it isn’t fall! For example, maybe fall was your loved one’s favorite time of year. Or, maybe their birthday was in the fall. If it isn’t fall outside, there are still ways to bring it inside.

For some ideas, check out these fall-inspired funeral personalization ideas for paying tribute to your loved one!

Would you rather plan a summer-inspired funeral? If so, check out this article with ideas!

Fall-Inspired Funeral Service Locations

If the funeral is during the fall, these are a few locations that you may want to choose:
  • Local park with trees changing colors
  • Family member’s backyard
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Apple orchard
  • Sunflower field
Of course, with those last few options, you’ll need to ask permission to have your funeral service there. Or, the ideas in the next section can help bring fall inside!

Fall-Inspired Funeral Decorations

There are many fall-themed decorations that can help personalize the funeral service and even showcase your loved one’s mementos. Below are just a few ideas:
  • Acorns
  • Gourds
  • Leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Sticks
For these, they can be real or fake depending on your funeral location and what works best. For example, real leaves might make a mess inside. Simply place these decorations around your loved one’s mementos or incorporate them into them. For example, they can be used in a memorial wreath or frame.

Funeral Personalization for the Fall-Inspired Funeral Reception

Since a lot of fall foods are comfort foods, they go well with funeral services. Some examples of fall-themed dishes are pies, breads, soups, and pumpkin- and apple-flavored foods. For drinks, you can serve hot chocolate or apple cider. Bonus, these can help keep funeral guests warm if the funeral is outside.

One way you can go about the funeral reception is to have a potluck. Guests can bring their favorite fall dish to pass or sign up beforehand for a dish. Or, you can hire a catering company to provide the food for you, so it’s less stress for those who are grieving. Your chosen funeral home may even partner with someone for their funeral catering services.

Fall-Inspired Gift Ideas for Funeral Guests

After the funeral service is over, you can give your funeral guests something for remembering their loved one. Below are a few fall-inspired ideas:
  • Fall-themed quote or poem
  • Fall recipe book if your loved one was an avid cook or baker
  • Gloves or mittens with your loved one’s initials or in their favorite color
  • Packet of sunflower seeds
What other fall-inspired funeral personalization ideas do you have? Share them with us in the comments!

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