Putting nostalgia items on display is something that many families do to share interests of their loved one. In addition to that, have an empty table at the front of the room, when the service begins. In a processional of family entering the room, some of them carry an item that is important to them. Before sitting down, each person, who carries an item, places it on the table and then goes to the microphone to share on what it is and its significance to them. “These candle sticks represent the wonderful family dinners we had at grandmas table” “This is the toy car that grandpa made for my 3rd birthday”
Doing this allows for an expanded list of items to display. Close friends can also participate by sharing an item important to them or about the loved one. They may also act as proxy for a family member in the room or one who could not attend. ” I’m John, Peter’s next door neighbor. His cousin Alice could not be here today. These are the world’s fair ticket stubs that represent a great adventure they had together” If there is an open microphone at the reception, for additional sharing, friends can also do a short “show and tell” of an item that connects them to their friend.
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