‘I want my cremated ashes to go up in a firework’ - if you have said this or your loved one has said they want a firework funeral - then you are not alone! Firework memorials or firework funerals are vibrant, personal, special and very different from a funeral ceremony in a crematorium, whilst still being respectful, emotional and celebrating a wonderful life! They can take place any time of the year - as long as it is dark!
Cremations are the most popular form of funeral in England but you do not have to hold a big ceremony at the crematorium - why not have a spectacular funeral ceremony with fireworks in an unhurried relaxed environment?
There are no time constraints when you have the ceremony away from the crematorium.
At a firework ceremony you will already have had the cremation of your loved one.
You can have a direct cremation followed by a ceremony written and led by a celebrant with a firework display to send the ashes into the ether. Alternatively you can have an intimate family service to say goodbye at the crematorium and then invite all the friends and family to the big firework ceremony a month or so after the cremation.
Once you have received the ashes from the crematorium, they are sent to a specialist firework company such as Heavenly Fireworks who carefully puts the ashes into labelled fireworks. The firework company then creates a professional display that will WOW everyone on the day and will send the ashes into the sky, just as they wished.
You will need to find a venue - it can be at a sports ground, in a large garden or in a space that has given approval for this type of ceremony.
Your celebrant will work with you to create a ceremony with stories, anecdotes, poetry, memories and any words that may be appropriate. We can play your loved-ones favourite music and then watch the fireworks shoot into the sky with musical accompaniment!
I would recommend a direct cremation where there is no ceremony (Yes I am a celebrant who leads ceremonies but I would choose to have the ceremony at the time when it is most impactful - at the firework evening). There are a few reasons I would recommend this:
This ceremony in Kent took place in summer 2022 at a sports ground that gave approval for the fireworks and the client had private hire of the pavilion for the family for the evening, with food and drinks.
I worked with the husband and daughter to create a ceremony that included stories from family and friends. Her sister wanted me to read a poem that she had selected and play music from their childhood.
I brought my professional PA system and created a ceremony area outside, using my microphone and extensive music library as my tools. We had laughter and tears as I shared the stories and the finale of the ceremony was fireworks which were set off by Dynamic Fireworks whilst we listened to her favourite music.
The family chose to have low noise fireworks as they are big animal lovers and didn’t want to scare the neighbourhood pets so instead of going out with a bang, this lovely lady went out with a big sparkle and it was beautiful! So many people came to thank me afterwards, saying that they would now consider having a similar memorial, having been sceptical when they were first invited.
Do you want to find out more about funerals or memorials which are truly special? Click here to find out more.
Get in touch with Modern Ceremonies with Justine and start discussing the funeral possibilities - which really are endless!
My name is Justine and I’m a Civil Celebrant in Kent. Contact me using the form below or use my contact page for more details about my services and celebrations of love, marriage and life in the South East and further afield.