Remembering a loved one and celebrating their life is an important part of the grieving process. The anniversary of a death is normally a time for special reflection and remembrance, and balloons are becoming a familiar way of marking the occasion. In addition, balloons are often released at the graveside as a celebration of life and a symbolic farewell. Balloons are particularly helpful for children, who often find that they are a happy way to remember a special person.
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Things you need
- Biodegradable tags (optional)
- Wildflower seeds (optional)
Plan where to have the memorial. Choosing a place that was special to the person who is being remembered is often preferred. However, balloons can become caught in trees or power lines, so it is a good idea to find somewhere with lots of space. High places such as hills or cliffs are popular choices as the wind is likely to carry the balloons a good distance.
Choose whether to use a commercial company, or whether to design your own memorial. Commercial companies will usually offer to release 100 balloons for around £100. This includes the balloons being inflated and a large net being supplied. Tags are often offered, which allow friends and family members to write messages to the person who is being remembered. Alternatively, biodegradable balloons can be bought from supermarkets or from the internet. These can be inflated with helium or with natural air.
Decide whether to include seeds. Wildflower seeds will take root wherever the balloon lands, providing that it is on soil. The flowers will then provide a long lasting memorial. Seeds can be placed in a pocket on a biodegradable tag, which can be purchased from a memorial company.
Decide whether to release many balloons, or one per person. Releasing a hundred or more balloons can be visually spectacular, whilst having each person hold their own balloon and then release it can create a more intimate experience.
Plan the ceremony. Releasing the balloons will take a very short amount of time, so it is a good idea to make arrangements about what to do before and after they are released. Making sure that there is sufficient car parking space is a useful consideration, and meeting for lunch beforehand may help to lighten the mood. It is your choice whether to give each guest a balloon when they arrive or whether to keep the balloons together in a large net to be released together.
Choosing the place
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