When a loved one dies, you want the funeral to be special. It’s important for the service to be a reflection of the life that was lived. A life-honoring tribute helps those who loved the person to find closure and begin to heal. But what if you don’t have a large amount of money to spend? Can you provide a special sendoff without spending a fortune? 

Funerals can be very special, even on a budget: 

  • Simplify the casket. A casket doesn’t have to be fancy or decorative for a funeral to be special This may not be the place where you want to spend a large portion of your budget. Talk to your funeral director, who can help you explore your options and find the one that’s right for your loved one.  
  • DIY projects can add a personal touch.  You can create a memorable guest book with items easily and inexpensively found at a craft store. Have guests write their names on stones or wooden hearts, which you can artfully arrange in a keepsake for your home, or set out a matted photo of your loved one, having guests sign the mat. Another simple, cost-effective idea:  print out a drawing of a tree, having guests add their finger or thumbprints as “leaves”, and signing beside them.  
  • Bring mementos from home to dress the funeral. Decorating the funeral space with items that were meaningful to your loved one is not only inexpensive but also meaningful.  
  • Reach out to friends and family for help preparing food for the reception. A reception doesn’t have to be catered to be delicious. In fact, asking people who knew your loved one to prepare dishes may end up being a meaningful way to serve his or her favorites.  

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we make it easy to plan the perfect, life-honoring service. Our personalized packages are made to fit any budget, and they all include complimentary Signature Services℠ to enhance the level of personalization. You can choose from floral tributes, a memorial DVD, a dove release, and many more options, to create a service that your loved one would have appreciated.  

Of course, the best way to create a personalized funeral is to preplan it for your own future need. When you preplan you can specify all the features you want, and save your family from having to answer difficult questions during an already stressful time. What’s more, preplanning can save your family money by locking in today’s prices for a future need. You can even pay in advance for the funeral if you prefer so that all the little details are more affordable.  

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has been helping families plan meaningful end of life ceremonies since 1872. Having provided exceptional service for more than 145 years, we’re proud of the reputation we’ve built on quality, sincerity and trust, creating services that celebrate the life of each individual and respect the wishes of every family. For those interested in preplanning, we offer the Personal Planning Guide, which can help you make plans without requiring any financial commitment. To learn more about all that we have to offer, call us at (510) 400-4442 or visit the Plan Ahead page on our website to request your free preplanning guide.