Unlike a traditional funeral service, a Memorial Service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.
A memorial service can be held at the funeral home, in a church, or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family.
Memorial Service Ideas
Our experience has shown us that many of today’s families want a memorial service to be more personal. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.
If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:
- What did your loved one like to do?
- What was he or she like as an individual?
- What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
- Was your loved one spiritual?
- Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage?
Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help you create a fitting memorial service for your loved one.