When retirement life rolls around, it’s often a time to assess a person’s career, their accomplishments and contributions, and also a time to look forward to what is coming next. In certain cases this change is marked by sadness, but it could be an exciting time, too, as it opens the door for other ventures that one hasn’t had time to pay attention to while being so heavily engaged in a career.
If you’ve got a parent or dear friend retiring in the near future and you’re aiming to plan a commemorative celebration for them, listed below are a few things you might consider doing to make this milestone in their life a special one.
This whole event is to highlight their career, so you want to do something that creates a retrospective feel. You might consider doing a timeline display of photos all through the years, providing the professional fulfillments and accolades along the way. You might decide to talk with their colleagues to get together their stories and memories. Maybe you come up with a sentimental memento for each guest, something that will be a blast from the past and bring a load of memories with it.
Maybe you give them a surprise gift of going on a trip with their spouse to the place they’ve talked about visiting for years, or a big family reunion with all the grandkids. Whatever it is, having something on the horizon to look forward to can be a great way to start retirement off on the right foot.
Of course there will be professional colleagues there, but it’s nice if lots of family and friends come to show that they care. Being able to share in the big accomplishments of another’s life is a blessing, and it makes them feel loved, too.
Find some time to interview them about their life, and particularly this chapter of it (and make sure you record it, too!). Giving them an opportunity to talk about their experiences, share life lessons, talk about the people they’ve worked with, and what they’ve learned along the way will be a gift for everyone involved.
Once you have an idea of the types of things you’d like to do, you can get busy working on the details. Event transportation is our specialty, and whether you need a shuttle service for the evening or help getting guests to and from the hotel, we know how to get it done.