What are Our Options? Alternatives to Traditional Funerals

If a member of our care team asked you what you envision for your own funeral, what would you say?


Would it look like other services you have attended, perhaps held in a place of worship or a funeral home? Would you want a formal gathering, solemn in nature, with guests dressed in black? Or would you prefer a more celebratory tone, featuring your favorite music and a reception held afterward that includes your favorite foods and drinks?


At Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we specialize in helping families say goodbye their way. This could involve a visitation, church service, and reception, or something entirely different. No matter your preferences, we can make it happen. Consider these alternatives to a traditional funeral.


Hold a memorial service led by a certified celebrant. While we enjoy serving many people of faith, some of our families either do not attend a place of worship regularly, or for whatever reason, do not want to have a religious funeral service. Celebrants are trained to create the most meaningful farewells through incorporating unique aspects that define who your loved one was. They are the perfect alternative for those who do not have a member of the clergy to perform their service.


We have a library of resources at our fingertips here at Calhoun, including:

  • Readings
  • Special music
  • Poetry
  • Ceremonies
  • Eulogies



Hold a celebration of life. This style of tribute is more than a service – it’s designed to be an experience. Decorate our reception room with his beloved Buckeyes grey and scarlet team colors or serve all of her favorite desserts. With Calhoun the celebration ideas are limitless.


We can host an event at our facility or coordinate a reception at a special location. Whether you want a full meal or a few desserts, indoors or outdoors, catered or homemade, our professional event planners can create a one-of-a-kind event celebrating your loved one.


Whatever your final wishes, our staff will be sure to help you arrange a personalized, affordable service. That’s what we’re here for, serving Northeast Ohio and Beyond any way we can. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.