San Diego is an extraordinary place to hold a celebration of life event. With miles of beaches, terrific weather, and countless attractions, there are many reasons why this spot is widely known as “America’s Finest City”. Whether your loved one grew up in the area, vacationed here, or if it held meaning for them for other reasons, there are numerous places to hold a Celebration of Life event in which to honor and reflect on your loved one’s memory. From a place to gather with family and friends to hold a memorial service, to quiet places to reflect on your own, San Diego has something for every occasion.
If you are looking for a space with plenty of options to honor a loved one’s memory, look no further than Balboa Park. This 1,200 acre cultural oasis can be found in Downtown San Diego, a short walk from many centrally-located hotels. Boasting 17 museums, botanical gardens, and the world renowned San Diego zoo, this provides an excellent setting to celebrate a well lived life since everyone can find something that appeals to them, without the stress or pressure of enclosed spaces. This could be an ideal space to kick off a weekend with family, culminating with a memorial service or Celebration of Life.
Self-care is important, especially when dealing with the stress of a loss. San Diego boasts some of the best spas in Southern California. Consider the Rancho Bernardo Spa, cleverly referred to as a Hide-n-Chic Retreat, located within the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Bernardo Oaks Dr. Offering skin treatments, massage packages, and a saline pool specifically for spa guests, this is a wonderful spot to treat yourself while you process your stress of your loss or following intense family time during a memorial service. Of note, Rancho Bernardo Spa has a sister location, located on Coast Blvd S in La Jolla Cove, called Scripps Inn. Scripps Inn is an intimate hotel near Cuvier Park, located steps from beaches, art museums, restaurants, bars, and galleries.
If your departed loved one enjoyed time on the water, there are so many options available to honor and celebrate their life. With just over 17 miles of shoreline, San Diego provides many options for a memorial evening cruise on the water, or even several companies that offer ash scattering at sea. San Diego boasts 31 different beaches to choose from, including La Jolla Cove, Coronado Beach, Pacific Beach, and more. Many people believe that salt water has healing properties, and what better way to soothe your mind while mourning the death of a love one, than sitting by the sea and reflecting on memories?
San Diego has a plethora of options to celebrate a life well lived, while maximizing time with your family and friends. ‘America’s Finest City’ is a great place to honor a life well-lived while also providing you with opportunities for self-care and reflection along the way.