Take a journey along the River Severn or wander through the Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery. There are many unique ways you can celebrate the life of your loved one in Shrewsbury.
Hosting a wake in Shrewsbury
A wake is an informal event that traditionally takes place after a funeral service and cremation or burial. It’s usually an informal event that involves family and friends gathering to share memories and celebrate the life of their loved one.
Traditionally, wakes would take place at someone’s home, or a community centre or pub, but they can take place anywhere. The people organising the wake may want to honour their loved one by holding the wake at a place that was special to them, such as at the grounds of their favourite football team, for example.
Also, although wakes usually take place directly after the funeral service, they can be held at any time. They can also be as structured or as informal as the organiser would like. Wake organisers have the freedom to host the event that’s right for them, their family and friends, and their loved one.
If you’re organising a wake in Shrewsbury, there are plenty of unique venues where you can host the vent in your own way, from a boat trip along the River Severn, or a trip to the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.
Find your funeral director in Shrewsbury who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas for a wake, memorial, or reception that’s right for you.
Famous wakes vary from all night events to not having one at all
Peter Stringfellow was a flamboyant nightclub owner in London who died in 2018. Following a low-key woodland burial, people organised an all night wake party at his club in Covent Garden.
Meanwhile David Bowie did not want a fuss and chose to have a direct cremation without a funeral or wake. These are ways people have shaped what happens after their loved one has died to reflect their character and wishes.
If your loved one enjoyed boat rides or the River Severn, then why not celebrate their life with a trip on the Sabrina boat? Running from March 1st until October 31st, the boat makes six trips a day along the River Severn, allowing you to soak up the landscape and pay tribute to your loved one.
The boat is available for private hire and has the capacity for 60 guests, allowing you to fill the boat with your loved one’s friends and family. You can hire the boat for a three-hour cruise during the evening, or journey on the boat with members of the public during the day. You can also hire the boat for one hour during the week or weekends to celebrate the life of your loved one.
There are plenty of catering options too, so you will not need to worry about anything. If your loved one enjoyed a big celebration or boat rides, then this can be a fitting and unique way to celebrate their lives and pay tribute to them.
For those that would prefer a more intimate setting, you can hire the Picnic Boat. It has a capacity for ten guests and is ideal for intimate wakes and any ashes scatterings. The boat can be hired seven days a week for one to three hours with the option of adding catering. Alternatively, you can arrange your own if you wish.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
If your loved one enjoyed visits to Shrewbury’s Museum and art Gallery, you could celebrate their life there. You could walk through and enjoy some of your loved one’s favourite exhibits, sharing memories of your time spent here together.
Or, you could enjoy a coffee and a cake at the cafe, remembering your loved one. For those that would appreciate a peaceful atmosphere, there is a quiet hour on the last Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. At this time, you can expect fewer visitors and quieter surroundings for you to move through the museum and gallery at your own pace.
You can also email the museum directly to arrange a private visit when the museum is not open to the public. This does have a small fee, but for those that would like to celebrate their loved ones’ lives without any interruption, it could be a great option.
There is also the option to hire a private room, and the museum can provide catering. Again, you will need to contact the museum directly for accurate prices and availability or liaise with your funeral director who can do this for you.
Hosting the wake at the museum and art gallery is a unique way to celebrate the life of your loved one. If they frequently visited or enjoyed the local culture scene, this could be a fitting send-off.
Arrange a direct cremation
If you’d prefer to arrange a direct cremation, you can have a memorial at any time, anywhere you wish, perhaps at home or your loved one’s favourite pub.