What Is A Memorial Service?

In the unfortunate event of a loved one’s passing planning a funeral while grieving may seem impossible. However, understanding the services funeral homes can provide and knowing how you and your loved one’s would like to say a final goodbye can help make the process easier and allow for healing to begin.

First, it is important to understand the distinction between a memorial service and a funeral service. The former is an event for family and friends to come together to honor a person who has passed without the body present. If the deceased individual has been cremated, the cremated remains are present at the service. The latter is an event at which the deceased’s body is present, in a closed or open casket, for friends and family to pay their respect before burial.

How to Plan A Memorial Service

When it comes to planning a memorial service, family and friends have to decide how they want to honor the deceased, from choosing a location for the service, to a guest list and most importantly, how they would like their event to materialize, with music and speakers, or a more religiously affiliated service, or a more formal event, depending on a family’s wishes. Overall, this event marks a final goodbye and usually tries to accommodate for all friends and family in attendance.

A memorial service can be held at a formal or informal location, depending on the deceased’s or the deceased’s family’s wishes. It can be held at someone’s home, funeral home, religious site, or the deceased’s favorite spot. Thinking about what kind of service you want to have and how best to honor a loved one is important,so choosing a location should be one of the first things to consider when planning a memorial service.

Next, selecting the right speakers is vital. Usually, choosing someone who is a good orator or someone close to the deceased can set the mood of the event. Traditionally, if the deceased is a member of a religious community, prayers and hymns can be recited or sung. On the other hand, someone can deliver a heart-felt eulogy and personal stories of the deceased, including funny memories to share. Usually choosing a few speakers can help encapsulate the deceased’s life and can help give friends and family closure.

Music can be a great addition to a memorial service, giving it a personal touch. If you’re at an informal venue or outside, it’s good to make sure you have the right technology to play a loved one’s favorite song. A slideshow of photographs and videos can accompany the music to honor your loved one’s journey through life and his/her relationships with the people attending the service.

During the service, it may be a good idea to have refreshments. If you choose to have a more formal gathering, catering is a good option, or if you’re on a budget, a pot-luck may be right for you. Food is always a good addition to any gathering, especially when saying a final goodbye to a loved one.

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