In days past, a Wake was a common form of saying farewell to our deceased. Today we have gentler titles like Repass (repast) or Celebration of Life. The difference in these events is the actual presence of the loved one who has passed away. Wakes may have been common, but for many today, keeping the body of a loved one at home or waiting in a funeral home is uncomfortable. Many would agree, that a sad, formal goodbye in the form of a funeral has lost its luster, and an upbeat, positive feeling of a Celebration of Life or Repass has come to the forefront of our social norms when dealing with death.
Happy vs Sad…A Celebration of Life
It really doesn’t matter what you call it. Wakes, Celebrations of Life, Repass, or Memorial, they are all about saying goodbye. It really comes down to a somber environment or a positive, upbeat feeling of honoring the memory of the loved one. In our experience, positive upbeat gatherings are a great way to remember and honor the life of the deceased. Planning your event becomes much easier when love, humor, and warmth are the main focus.
Keeping It Bright
It is not easy to say goodbye. If you could say goodbye with a laugh, a hug and some fond memories wouldn’t that be nice? Here are several tips on choosing a place to hold just such a positive farewell.
- Give yourself time: One of the benefits of a non-traditional Repass or Celebration is time. If you book the right location, you can have a longer period for friends and family to visit. Despite the situation, life still goes on for everyone and a flexible visiting schedule can be a boon to everyone.
- Pick someplace upbeat: Funeral homes are not built for parties. Neither is the family church. They are wonderful for their purpose, but celebrations are best held in somewhere bright, cheery and neutral.
- Pick a theme: With a neutral venue, you have an open canvas to convey what your loved one’s life was all about. Ever consider celebrating your Dad’s love of trout fishing in the back room of a funeral parlor? Your brother was a Jazz musician. Imagine him being honored in the local church dining hall. Complete with Jazz band and singers. You need to find a place that can be a blank slate to plan your goodbyes.
It just so happens, we know of the perfect place to hold just such an event in Las Vegas. Here at The Beacon Center, we believe in positive, upbeat Celebrations of Life or Repass. We want to remember with a smile, not a tear. We have a bright, open, neutral venue that lends itself perfectly to these celebrations. The Beacon Center can be remade into just about any theme your imagination and decorating skills can handle. Schedule a tour today and see how we can help you say goodbye with a smile, not a tear.