Personalizing A Funeral Service On A Budget

By: James Donofrio
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Losing a loved one is never easy. It's an emotional and challenging time for family and friends. Planning a funeral service can feel overwhelming, especially with limited funds. However, at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home, we know there are plenty of ways of personalizing a funeral service on a budget.

Personalizing A Funeral Service On A Budget

Here we discuss some simple ways of personalizing a funeral service on a budget:

  • One of the most impactful ways to personalize a funeral is to incorporate meaningful songs, readings, or poems that represent the deceased's life. Ask family members to suggest meaningful pieces that remind them of your loved one. Print lyrics, prayers, or passages for guests to follow along. You can also ask a close friend or family member to perform a reading or song. Live music adds a lovely personal touch.
  • Photos and memory boards make a simple yet powerful memorial display. Ask attendees to submit photos beforehand and print enlargements to hang at the venue. You can also compile photos into a video tribute set to music if you have the technology. Encourage guests to contribute written memories or condolences to a book of remembrance.
  • Consider alternative venues like a community hall, place of worship, park, or home to avoid costly funeral home fees. For the interment, go with an inexpensive casket or consider cremation—outfit simple urns with personal décor like photos, flowers, or mementos.
  • Repurpose flowers by taking blooms home after the service or donating them to a hospital or nursing home. Hold the reception at home, a park, or a community center and ask guests to bring potluck dishes rather than hire catering.
  • Making small but thoughtful DIY touches can personalize décor. Use leftover fabric, paper, or wood to design custom signs, programs, or memorial cards. To cut costs, buy items like vases, frames, and other display items from thrift stores.
  • Go paperless by creating a digital memorial site to share information and collect contributions, memories, and photos. Or try livestreaming for those who can't attend. Ask the funeral home to minimize printed resources.

The Personal Touch Matters

With a bit of planning and creativity, you can express the warmth and spirit of your loved one without spending a fortune. These and other personal touches will make the service meaningful and memorable for all who attend.

If emotions become overwhelming, seek professional support. With time and support, the sharp edges of grief slowly begin to soften. For more information on- personalizing a funeral service on a budget, call Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home at (718) 282-1164 or via this online form

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