#funeral home interior design
It’s Valentine’s Day, which means love is in the air!
Speaking of valentines could your funeral home’s interior use a little extra love this Valentine’s Day?
If your funeral home has peeling wallpaper, that infamous “funeral home smell,” or looks like it was decorated circa 1920, chances are it does need a little makeover.
I posted a question on our Facebook earlier this week asking our fans what their families loved most about their funeral home. I couldn’t believe that every single one of them had the same answer.
Can you guess what they all said?
It was homeyness!
If you want to make your funeral home homey , you ll have to think about all five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. Check out these easy-to-implement changes you can make to your funeral home that will make your families fall in love with it!
1. Add some personalization
Famous interior designer Judith Wilson once said Inviting means seeing a bit of you in your home. Help your families feel at home by allowing them to personalize the interior to their liking. At the NFDA convention this year, one funeral home owner told me that he leaves his walls blank and allows his families to add their own wall decorations during the service. This is a great idea because not only will this make your families feel at home it will also help make their service more meaningful for them.
2. Let the sun shine!
Everyone knows sunshine boosts your serotonin levels, therefore making you happier. By ripping your dusty, old curtains of your windows, you’ll literally (we’re talking brain chemicals here) be making your families happier. If you’re not comfortable ripping off all your curtains, try getting sheer ones that offer privacy during a service, but still let the sun peek through.
3. Add some color with plants
While your funeral home is usually covered in flowers during a service, it’s still important that you add a little “natural beauty” to the rest of your funeral home. You can achieve this by putting plants (both big and small) throughout. Not only do plants bring life into your funeral home (pun intended), but they also help reduce stress in fact, simply glancing at a plant is known to lower your heart rate.
4. Garden/Patio Area
Providing a place of serenity where families can reflect and get some alone time during such a difficult time is a great way to provide a little extra value to your families. Horan McConaty Funeral Home has done a great job with that with their cremation garden. Their cremation garden is complete with a pond, fountains, flowers and even walking paths.
5. The serene sound of water
If you’ve ever been to a yoga class or gotten a massage, you might have noticed that they played the sound of water. Isn’t the sound of ocean waves, rain or waterfalls so relaxing? Consider putting a mini water fountain in your funeral home by the sitting area like the one below. Families will appreciate the relaxing environment you’ve provided them with during such a difficult time.
6. The sound of music
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sad, stressed or angry, I like to listen to music to bring me back to a happy place. If you have a sitting area for families during the arrangement or service process, keep some iPods or MP3 players with headphones around so families and funeral guests can kick back and listen to some music on their down time.
7. Open a cafe
If you visit someone’s house and they offer you snacks or beverages, doesn’t it make you feel that much more comfortable and welcomed? The same should go for your funeral home. Create a cafe area in your funeral home stocked with some snacks, coffee, tea and beverages so your families have something to munch on and somewhere to munch at.
A great example of this is Robinson Funeral Home. who is opening up a Starbucks Cafe in their funeral home, calling it the “Coffee Corner ”.
8. Light some candles or incense
Putting candles or incense in your funeral home is the perfect way to avoid that infamous “funeral home” smell that people talk about. You can also use the power of certain scents to improve your families moods and help them relax a bit. Check out the quick guide below to determine which scents are right for you and your families.
Do you want to
- Improve moods? Use scents like lemon, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Reduce anxiety and tension? Try scents like lavender, cedar, orange, jasmine and bergamot.
- Heighten relaxation? Try chamomile, marjoram, sandalwood, nutmeg and spiced apple. Not only do these scents add relaxation they’re known to reduce blood pressure too!
9. Bake cookies in the oven
If you decide to put a kitchen or cafe in your funeral home, try this trick: bake cookies right before your families come in for an arrangement meeting or right after the service. You ll make your kitchen area smell delicious and your families will love that you went out of your way to bake them sweets the perfect comfort food!
10. Offer massage chairs
If you’ve got a little extra money after your funeral home renovation and are looking to spend it, think about investing in massage chairs. Not only will they create a sense of serenity and relaxation, but you’ll get people in your community talking about how above and beyond you’ve gone to make your funeral home “homey”.
Take it a little further
10. Tap into a great American staple
If you live somewhere where warm weather is prominent, consider putting a patio area outside of your funeral home. Because barbeque is a great American staple, you’ll probably surprise yourself by how many families request to use that space either for recreation or as a part of the service for their loved one.
11. Reception Facility
Maple Grove Cemetery has done a great job at offering their community more than just one use for their cemetery. They opened up a reception facility for their families to use. It’s been so successful, they’ve hosted weddings there! If you’ve got the budget, opening up a reception facility could be a great way for you to remain profitable and relevant to today’s families.
12. Game Room
Funeral guests are overlooked all too often particularly younger children. To avoid children running around your funeral home with ants in their pants, consider creating a game room to entertain the younger crowd. Putting board games, ping pong, coloring books, magazines and toys in your game room won’t cost you much, and your older guests will be thankful that you’ve thought about every aspect of their loved one s funeral service.
In the end, the more you give, the more you get. It doesn t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to create a funeral home ambiance your families will fall in love with. Just start simple and keep your budget and end goals in mind!
How have you made your families fall in love with your funeral home s ambiance? Share your thought in the comments below!