What Star Wars fan wouldn’t want to travel to a galaxy far, far away after their death? Perhaps someone in your life has a die-hard passion for the Star Wars universe and wants to include it in their funeral wishes.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Why Choose a Star Wars Funeral Theme?
- Star Wars Themed Funeral or Memorial Service Ideas
- Star Wars Themed Funeral Song Ideas
- Star Wars Themed Burial, Urn, or Casket Ideas
From scattering ashes from the sky to playing your favorite songs, there are so many ways to customize a funeral. In modern times, these events are less about following traditions and more about honoring someone’s life and passions.
Some sci-fi fans have always been known to take things a step further, and that doesn’t end with a funeral. With Star Wars having millions of devoted fans around the world, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular funeral theme.
How do you incorporate Star Wars and its excitement into your funeral? Whether you’re planning a funeral service or memorial for yourself or a loved one, here are the best ideas to make sure that the force will be with you.
Virtual funeral tip: You can incorporate your (or your loved one's) love of Star Wars into a virtual funeral, too. Working with a professional virtual funeral service like GatheringUs can help you fine-tune those personal and meaningful details.
Why Choose a Star Wars Funeral Theme?
Funeral themes are a relatively new idea. In the past, people typically only held religious funerals as a way to honor their devotion to faith. There might have been a bit of discussion about an individual’s family, career, passions, or legacy, but this wasn’t the primary focus.
Nowadays, the sky really is the limit when it comes to funerals. A themed funeral serves as a unique way to honor someone’s life, interests, and favorite things. It’s a way to send them off and say final goodbyes on their own terms.
In today’s world, a themed funeral can be a dignified, respectable affair. Just like any other traditional service, Star Wars themed funerals can be reflective, powerful, and a touching tribute.
Star Wars Themed Funeral or Memorial Service Ideas
There are so many unique ways to honor someone’s love for Star Wars with the funeral or memorial service itself. These ideas might take a bit of planning or creativity, but they’re sure to impress even the most stiff stormtrooper out there.
1. Squad of Stormtroopers
The most common element that you might see at a Star Wars funeral or memorial is a squad of Stormtroopers. These costumed processions are highly symbolic in the Star Wars universe, and they can be a perfect way to respect someone’s love for the series.
You can hire “professional” Stormtroopers to take part in the ceremony, or you can even purchase costumes yourself for friends and family. There are a number of affordable costumes available online, and this is a fun way to bring guests into the action.
Star Wars wouldn’t be so iconic if not for the beloved droids of the series. R2-D2, C3PO, and BB-8 are just as loved as any of the other characters if not more. Including these wise and hilarious droids could be a perfect addition to a Star Wars-themed funeral.
Again, you can hire replicas of these droids to take part in this service. You can also find replicas online that function similar to the “real” thing, allowing them to roam the ceremony or watch solemnly.
3. Star Wars quotes
For a more subtle tribute to this series, including Star Wars quotes in the service is a great idea. Star Wars features many themes related to life, death, and legacy, so it’s easy to find something that’s a good fit.
Some of the best Star Wars quotes for a funeral are:
- “The Force will be with you. Always.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi
- “No one's ever really gone.” - Luke Skywalker
- “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not.” - Yoda
- “You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” - Shmi Skywalker
4. Floral Lightsaber
The Lightsaber is one of the best representations of the Jedi. These can be spruced up with funeral flowers in any color of your choice to create a beautiful symbol of life and legacy. Like the Force in Star Wars, beauty and life live on even after death.
5. Star Wars food
Food is one of the great unifiers during a funeral or memorial service. It brings people together and it’s a form of comfort in itself. Including food inspired by the Star Wars films, TV, and books is a powerful tribute.
You can find a variety of Star Wars-themed foods on the official website. Some of the best choices for a funeral are:
- Blue milk (Coconut milk-based dessert)
- Fruit sabers (Fruit kabobs)
- Sarlacc (a savory pie-like snack)
6. Movie screening
Another way to honor a Star War fan’s life is by screening one of the movies to close friends and family.
A movie screening is an informal tribute in itself, and it’s perfect for a more intimate gathering after or instead of the funeral.
7. Star Wars dress code
Many people also choose to honor their favorite things with the funeral dress code. While it’s common to wear black to a funeral, times are changing. There are no strict rules about what you can or can’t wear to this celebration of life.
For the ultimate Star Wars fan, it might be a welcome idea for all guests to dress up in Star Wars-themed clothes. From Leia’s hair buns to Luke Skywalker’s Jedi outfit, this will surely make for the most fashionable funeral in the galaxy.
8. Visit Star Wars land
If it fits your budget, you might also wish to honor the Star Wars fan in your life with a family or friend trip to Star Wars land in Disney World or Disneyland. While it’s not possible to have a memorial in Disney, you can still visit as a family to honor your loved one.
During your trip, you can wear matching shirts, bring photos of your loved one, and immerse yourself in the magic of Star Wars. Meeting the characters, riding attractions, and feeling like you’re alive in this galaxy far, far away can be a powerful tribute.
Star Wars Themed Funeral Song Ideas
The music of Star Wars is easily recognizable, and that’s part of its magic. Including Star Wars music within other funeral songs pay homage in a subtle yet profound way.
9. “Across the Stars” from Attack of the Clones
“Across the Stars” is one of the romantic epics from Star Wars. It’s a balance between longing, sadness, and love. Though heartbreaking and beautiful, this is one of the most haunting songs in the entire Star Wars universe.
10. “Princess Leia’s Theme” from A New Hope
Likely one of the most classic songs in the entire Star Wars universe, “Princess Leia’s Theme” is as memorable as it is glorious. It perfectly captures the wonder and excitement of this far off galaxy while still reigning in so much power.
11. “Yoda’s Theme” from The Empire Strikes Back
While much of Star Wars music surrounds the dark side, “Yoda’s Theme” is the ode to the light. This multi-layered crescendo starts from nothing more than a whisper, but boy does it build to something truly amazing.
12. “Binary Sunset” from A New Hope
Another iconic piece of Star Wars music is “Binary Sunset.” Most will recognize this song from when Luke gazes upon Tatooine’s sunset at the end of the first film.
Like the passing of time itself, we all get older and we all move closer to the end. Still, there’s an entire galaxy out there waiting to be explored, and that’s exactly what this song symbolizes.
13. “Rey’s Theme” from The Force Awakens
Another theme that’s recognizable from the newest trilogy is “Rey’s Theme.” Evoking all the beloved wonder and excitement of the other soundtracks, The Force Awakens is a softer melody that isn’t afraid to blend the old with the new.
14. “Farewell” from The Rise of Skywalker
Finally, “Farewell” from the last Star Wars film is a reminder that all things in life must end. Though this is a final “farewell,” it isn’t something to be sad about. This isn’t a mournful song, rather, one of uplifting hope and wonder.
Star Wars Themed Burial, Urn, or Casket Ideas
Many want to be laid to rest in something representative of their love for Star Wars. With so many urns and caskets to choose from nowadays, that’s never been easier.
15. Light or dark side casket
A subtle way to honor someone with a Star Wars-themed casket is to choose one that represents either the dark or the light side.
A black casket, preferably a metal casket, is one that’s representative of the dark side. Meanwhile, a white casket is a symbol for the light. Even getting one engraved with the Rebel Alliance symbol can send off your loved one with hope.
16. Death star urn
There are also a number of urns that honor someone’s love for Star Wars. One of the most common urn designs for Star Wars fans is an urn in the shape of the Death Star, Darth Vader’s famous ship.
17. Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet urn
Another urn idea is to choose one shaped like a Stormtrooper helmet. This iconic shape is the perfect way to protect someone’s memory for years to come. This is also a discreet way to share a Star Wars lovers urn.
Sending Off a Loved One With the Force
If you’re interested in themed funerals, you’re not alone. These are becoming increasingly common as the years go on. More people are looking for easy ways to share their interests and passions not only in life but also in death.
For Star Wars fans, there’s no better way to say goodbye than with the Force. These Star Wars funeral and memorial ideas above are for all the Padawans, Generals, and Jedi of the galaxy. Wherever life (and death) takes you, may the Force be with you.