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700 Ideas for a Unique Funeral
Comb through this list for ideas on how to make a funeral or end of life celebration unique and personal.  Some are outrageous, but you may hit on one that's just perfect to memorialize and celebrate a life.

Invitations for End of Life Celebration
Calligraphy
Invitation making party
RSVP Service
Billboard

Location Ideas
Funeral home
Church
Hall
Hire a Venue Locating Service
Favorite Bar or Restaurant
Beach Location
Mountain top Location
Bed and Breakfast
City/County/State/National Park
Convention Center
Cruise Ship
Historic Location
Hotel
Outdoor Garden Area
Indoor greenhouse
River Boat or Lake Boat
Sporting Arena-hocky rink, baseball field, football field, soccer field
Theme Resort- horse ranch, fishing lodge, ski lodge
Theater
Swimming pool
Natural Hotspring or waterfall
Dance Club
Roller Rink
Ice Rink
Nudist Camp


Tours and Attractions as a Memorial
Charter a bus for a group tour of  a local attraction
Charter a bus for a group trip to a special place the deceased loved.
Take a trip to someplace the decedent always wanted to visit


Ceremony Ideas
Clergy/Officiant
Lay Clergy/Officiant
Butterfly Releases
Dove Releases
Seed scattering
Invite attendees to bring a plant to plant in a memorial garden
Invite attendees to bring a flower to contribute towards one large bouquet
Invite attendees to share a poem that has significance regarding the deceased
Hold the ceremony at sunrise/sunset
Silent Ceremony
Walking Ceremony someplace beautiful
Attendees plant a memorial tree together
Aerial Memorial - flying banners - skywriting

Hire a Writer
Speech writers
Hire a poet to write a poem for the gathering
Obituary writers


Fashion/Theme Ideas
Black Tie, Tuxedo gathering
Jeans & tee-shirt gathering
Hawaiian shirt gathering

Floral Ideas
Fresh Flowers
Hawaiian Lei
Palm Trees
Floral Preservation
Silk Flowers


Gift Ideas
Candies
Chocolates
Chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookie dough
Cigars
Decals for car windows "In Memory of _______"
Disposable Cameras
Fruit Baskets
Tropical Coral Leis-Conch Shells
Favors

Consider Photography at the Gathering
Aerial Photography of gathering
Polaroid Cameras & film
Disposable cameras as favors
Hire a professional photographer to document the gathering

Video Services
DVD Duplication Services
Video Editing Services
Funeral Videographer
Photos to Video Transfer Services

Health Beauty Ideas
Acupuncture at Ceremony
Personal Trainer/Fitness Memorial
Health Club work out memorial
Herbs and Vitamins at Ceremony
Massage Table at Ceremony
Spa Memorial
Weight Loss Memorial
Quit Smoking Memorial


Ceremony Music Ideas
Classical Ceremony Music
Gospel Ceremony Music
International Ethnic Ceremony Music
Jazz Ceremony Music
Jazz quartet - Jazz trio with vocals Ceremony Music
Latin Ceremony Music
Accordion Ceremony Music
Bagpiper Ceremony Music
Brass Quartet Quintet Ceremony Music
Ceremony Musicians - Duos
Flute Ceremony Music
Guitarist Ceremony Music
Harpist Ceremony Music
Mariachi Ceremony Music
Pianist Ceremony Music
Piano Vocal Ceremony Music
Steel Drum Ceremony Music
String Quartet Ceremony Music
Trios for Ceremony Music
Trumpet Players Ceremony Music
Violinists


General Music Ideas
Classical Background Music
Holiday Background Music
Dixieland Bands
Entertainment Agency for background music
International Ethnic Bands
Jazz quartet or trio
Latin Bands
Swing Bands
Variety Band
Barbershop Groups
Accordion Ensembles
Bagpiper
Brass Quartet Quintet
Carolers
Background Musicians
Guitarist
Harpist
Mariachi Background Music
Pianists
Piano Vocal Groups
Steel Drum Bands
String Quartets
Background Music Trios
Trumpet Players
Violinists
Woodwind Groups
Jazz quartet or trio with vocalist


International Music Ideas
Bavarian Musicians
Celtic Musicians
Chinese Musicians
Cuban Musicians
Folk Musicians
French Musicians
German Musicians
Greek Musicians
Hawaiian Musicians
Indian Musicians
Irish Musicians
Italian Musicians
Jewish Musicians
Klezmer Musicians
Mariachi Musicians
Polish Musicians
Reggae Musicians
Renaissance Musicians
Salsa Musicians
Spanish Musicians
Square Dance Musicians
Zydeco Musicians


Hire a Live Band
Variety Bands
1-2 Piece band
40's live band
50's live band
60's live band
70's live band
80's live band
90's live band
Ballroom Live Band
Big Band Orchestra
Bluegrass Band
Blues Band
Zydeco bands
Children's Entertainers
Christian Gospel musicians
Classic Rock bands
Concert bands
Country bands
Disco bands
Dixieland bands
Hip hop and rap bands
Jazz quartet or trio or full jazz bands
Jazz Band with Vocals
Latin bands
Marching band
Polka bands - old time groups
Reggae bands
Rhythm and blues bands
Rockabilly
Square Dance Bands
Swing Bands
Tejano Band
Top40 bands
Tribute bands


Drink Ideas
Serve a Signature drink
Hire a Bartender
Espresso and Coffee Services
Hire a barista
Servers
Soda Services
Water Delivery Services
Wine and Beverage Services

Catering Service Ideas
BBQ Catering
Beverage Services - Alcoholic
Beverage Services - Non Alcoholic
Box Lunch Catering
Ethnic Catering
Fruit and Cheese Catering
Catering and Caterers
Ice Cream Catering
Children's Ice Cream Truck
Kosher Catering
Pastries and Cakes Catering
Personal Chef Catering
Pick Up Drop Off Catering
Restaurant Catering
Cake


Decor Ideas
Backdrop Rental
Balloons
Ceremonial Ribbons
Ceremonial Scissors
Chair Covers
Custom Props
Decorating Services
Flamingo Companies
Giant Bows
Ice Sculpture
Linen Merchants
Party Supplies-Decorations
Favors-Crafts
Wholesale Custom-Designed Linens
Wholesale Linens
Yard Cards


Entertainment Ideas
Casino Games Entertainment
Dude Ranch
Game Shows
Golf Tournament Entertainment
Murder-Mystery Entertainment
Oxygen Bars
Road Rallies
Scavenger Hunts
Thrill Shows
Wild West Shows
Inflatable Games

Entertainment Solo Act Ideas
Accordion musicians
Acrobats
Airbrush Artist
Balloon Twister
Barbershop Quartet
Belly Dancer
Caricaturist
Carolers
Children's Characters
Clown
Cowboy Performers
Cowboy Poets
Cowboys
Cowgirls
Dance Instructors
Dixieland Acts - Groups
Face Painter
Fire Eater
Fortune Teller
Card Reader
Palm reader
Pegarunes fortune teller
Guitarist
Gun Spinners
Handwriting analysis
Strolling Holiday Characters
Hula Dancers
Juggler
Strolling Characters for kids
Knife Throwers
Magician
Mannequin - Human Statue
Mime
Native American Performers
Old Time Music Act
One man band
Organ Grinder
Petting Zoo
Pony Rides
Puppet Show
Renaissance Entertainers
Ribbon Dancers
Robots for events
Rope Spinners
Saloon Girls
Santa for hire
Singing Telegram
Banjo Player
Violinist
Stiltwalker
Stiltwalker - Uncle Sam
Storyteller
Swiss Yodeling
Temporary Tattoos
Trick Animal Act
Trick Horses
Trick Ropers
Unicyclist
Ventriloquist
Western Campfire Guitarists
Cowboy Yodeling
Western Historical Reenactors
Western Mounted Performers
Western Theme Entertainers
Whip Artists
Yodeler


Hire a Lookalike Actor
Abbott and Costello lookalike
Abraham Lincoln
Al Jolson
Alan Alda
Archie Bunker
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Austin Powers
Barbra Streisand
Barak Obama
Beatles
Ben Affleck
Bill Clinton
Billy Crystal
Billy Joel
Blues Brothers
Britney Spears
Bruce Willis
Buddy Holly impersonator
Charlie Chaplin
Charo
Cher
John Marshall
Chris Farley impersonator
Christina Aguilera
Dan Aykroyd
Desi Arnez
Dick Cheney
Dolly Parton
Donald Trump
Drew Barrymore
Drew Carey
Elton John
Elvis
Entertainment Agency Lookalikes
Frank Sinatra
Garth Brooks
General Douglas MacArther
George Patton
George Burns
George Bush
George Carlin
George Clooney
George Washington
Gillian Anderson
Groucho Marx
Halle Berry
Hannibal Lector
Hillary Clinton
Historical Characters
Humphrey Bogard
Jack Benny
Jack Nicholson
Jackie Chan
James Bond
James Brown
James Dean
James Madison
Janet Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Durante
JLO
John Kerry
John Rolfe
John Wayne impersonator
Johnny Carson
Kid Rock
Lara Croft
Laurel and Hardy
Loni Anderson
Lucille Ball
Madonna
Marilyn Monroe
Martha Washington
Marx Brothers
Matrix Lookalikes
Mick Jaggar
Morpheus from The Matrix Lookalike
Muhammad Ali
Nat King Cole impersonator
Neil Diamond
Neo from The Matrix
Nicolas Cage
Nicole Kidman
Pamela Anderson
Patrick Henry
Patsy Cline
Pink
Jefferson Davis
John Tyler
Woodrow Wilson
Prince
Ray Charles
Ray Charles impersonator
Robert DeNiro
Robert E Lee
Rodney Dangerfield
Roseanne Barr
Russell Crowe
Sean Connery
Shakira
Stevie Nicks
Thomas Jefferson
Tiger Woods
Tom Cruise
Tom Jones
Uma Thurman
Wayne Newton
Will Rogers
Willie Nelson


Family Entertainment Ideas
Children's Musical Act
Kids Characters
Family Stage Acts
2 to 4 Piece musical act
Juggler
Live animal act
Family Magician
Puppet Show
Unicycling Act
Variety Act Entertainment
Ventriloquist Act


Stage Shows
Barbershop Groups
Acrobatic and Aerial Acts
Live Animals Acts
Big Band Orchestras
Broadway Cabaret Stage Shows
Impersonators
Impressionists
Circus Shows
Cirque Shows
Comedians
Comedy Improv Entertainers
Dance Performers
Drama Productions -Theatre Shows
Dueling Piano Players
MCs and Emcees
Fire Dancers and Fire Performers
Game Shows
Hypnotists
Illusionists
Improvisational Painting Performer
Ethnic Stage Entertainment
Comedy Jugglers
Karaoke Shows
Choir Groups - Large
Magicians
Mentalists - Mind Readers
Nostalgia Acts
National Acts - Celebrities
PickPocket - Pick Pockets Comedy Acts
Renaissance Entertainers
Stiltwalkers
Storytellers
Stunt Shows
Team Building Events
Theme Shows
Thrill Shows
Tribute Shows
Trick Acts
Unicycle Acts
Ventriloquists
Yodeling


Consider Interactive Games at the Gathering
Air Ascension
Airplane or Helicopter Rides
Arcade Games
Ball Crawl
Baseball Related Games
Basketball Hoops Games
Bounce House - inflatable
Bouncy Boxing
Bungee Run
Can or Keg Racing
Carnival Games
Cash Cage
Casino Games without dealers
Caterpillar Crawl
Drive-in Movie
Fantasy Photos
Flight Training
Fun Flicks
Giant Slides
Go Karts
Golf Games 
Gyros
Horse Racing Derby Game
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Human Darts
Laser Tag
Mechanical Bull
Midway Rides
Mini Golf
Model Car Racing
Moonwalks and Bounces
Rock Walls
Obstacle Courses
Photo Booth
Robo Surfer
Simulation Games
Kiddie Rides
Song Studio
Speed Pitch
Sumo Suits
Titanic Slide
Twister Game
Velcro Walls
Virtual Fishing Game
Virtual Reality Games
Virtual Reality Racing
Water Wars
DJ
Karaoke KJs


Rental Ideas
Chair cover rentals
China
Chocolate Fountain
Costume
Crowd Control Barrier
Cotton candy machine
Hot dog warmer
Mini donuts
Popcorn machine
Snow cone machine
Furniture
General Party
Generator
Jukebox
Linen
Luxury Restroom
Piano
Plant
Propane Heater
Red Carpet
Restroom
Searchlight
Portable Stage
Table and Chairs
Tent


Hire a Speaker
Aging Speaker
Agriculture
Alcoholism
Anger Management
Art and Culture
Athletics
Attitude
Banking
Best Selling Author
Cancer Survivor
Celebrity
Change
Child Abuse
Conflict Resolution
Crisis Management
Current Events
Developing your potential
Disability
Diversity
Drug Abuse
Eating Disorder
Education
Effective communication
Empowerment
Entrepreneurship
Environment
Ethics
Feng Shui
Financial
Fitness
Food Safety
Futurism
Gender Issues
Grief Management
Health and Nutrition
Healthcare
Humor
Hypnosis
Identity Theft
Inspirational
International Affairs
Internet
Law
Leadership
Life Balance
Magic
Medical
Memory Power
Mens Health
Moderators and Emcees
Motivational
Overcoming Tragedy
Parenting
Personal Growth
Personal Loss Management
Political
Psychology
Relationships
Religion
Retirement
Safety
Science
Self Esteem
Self Sabotage
Strategic Planning
Stress Management
Taxes
Team Building
Technology
Time Management
Travel
Volunteerism
Womens Health
Writing

Special Effect Ideas
Concert Lighting Production
Confetti Cannon and Streamers
Fireworks Display Companies
Foam Party Pit
Intelligent Lighting Production
Laser Light Shows
Pyrotechnics Production Companies
Rain Making companies
Snow Making Companies
Waterscreens Productions
Wholesale Fireworks for events


Transportation Ideas
Charter Bus Services
Classic Car
Motorcoach
Group Tours
Horse Carriage - Buggy
Hummer
Limousine Services
Motorcycle
Party Bus
School Bus


High Tech Ideas
AV Production
Audio Visual Production
Multimedia presentation services
Lighting Production Services
PA Production Services
Portable Stage
Projectors
Projection Screens
Video Camera
AV Rental
Audio Visual Rentals
Lighting
PA
Staging and Risers
Projector
Screen
Video Camera
Wireless Microphone
Website design
Streaming video and audio

Themes Ideas
Picnic Theme
Western Theme
50's Theme
60's Theme
Environmental Preservation/Education Theme

Group Identity Ideas
Buttons-Badges-Pins
Memorial Car Window Decals
Mugs-Custom Printed
Name Badges
Pens and Pencils
Trophies, Plaques, and Awards
Ribbons and Bows
Apparel and T-Shirts
Wristbands