What Is a Memorial Service?
Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present, although the urn containing cremated remains may be on display. Time is also not as restrictive as a traditional funeral. You can hold your service weeks or even months after cremation has occurred.
You can hold these services in churches, funeral homes, community halls or other public gathering places. An area of importance to the deceased and family may also be chosen. Memorial services typically include music, selected readings, and a eulogy. They can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life depending on family wishes or pre-planned specifications.
Our experience has shown us that many families desire more than traditional cremation and funeral care. Arrangements can be personalized by incorporating individual traits, hobbies, and lifestyle characteristics of the deceased. Displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime will make a memorial service more personal and meaningful.
If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions when planning a service:
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 lives?
Was your loved one spiritual?
Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage?