What is a Memorial Service?
Memorial services give family and friends an opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one’s memory and support one another in their grief journeys. Because after the funeral, one’s journey through grief isn’t over.
A memorial service is similar to a funeral service and celebration of life ceremony but serves a slightly different purpose. It doesn’t include a visitation and is held after the funeral, often on significant days such as:
- A loved one’s birthday
- The anniversary of a loved one’s passing
- Holidays such as Valentine’s Day
Holding a Memorial Service in a Funeral Home
You can hold your memorial service in a Funeral Home like us, a church, or a significant location such as their gravesite, memorial site, or one of their favorite places. Our Funeral Home is a suitable place to hold a memorial service since we can provide you with the necessary facilities and amenities to keep every guest comfortable. Our caring staff knows what to do and how to do it.
You can use the memorial service as a time to share more memories of your loved one and to gather with friends and family. Use it as a time to reflect on your loss and to connect with those you love.
Memorial Service Creative Ideas
Some creative ways to personalize a memorial service are:
- Having family and friends share memories with their loved one. Guests could have the chance to share their stories in front of everyone, or you could all break off into smaller groups and go around sharing your memories with your loved one.
- Choosing readings, prayers, and other materials that remind you of your loved one.
- Serving your loved one’s favorite food or signature recipes. A potluck is a great way for everyone to be involved.
- Making a DIY memento together, such as a scrapbook or personalized photo frame.
- Playing your loved one’s favorite music or music that reminds you of them. Perhaps they enjoyed a local musician who you could hire to play a few songs.
What to bring to a Memorial: Etiquette and Suggestions
Like every funeral or cremation service, a memorial has rules to follow regarding etiquette. The first one is about respect. We need to understand that even if there is no casket and sometimes no urn, we are still honoring the presence and memory of our loved ones.
Thinking about them and sharing stories with respect is a must. If the family or yourself consider that it would be better not having children in the room is respectable. Similarly, if you or the family thinks your person would have loved having the little ones around, it is also worth it. Just keep in mind that it is a moment of contemplation and respect.
The second thing to consider is bringing something to share with the family or asking your guests to do it. For example, the tradition is flowers, sympathy cards, and photos. You can also decide on donating to a place or institution with a cause your loved one would have liked to. If they were pet lovers, donate to a Rescue Center. Or if they were part of a Senior Community, contribute to it.
It is not usually mandatory to bring something, but according to our experience, it is always more meaningful when everyone contributes to keeping the person's memorial alive. It is a beautiful way to remember them.
Still Unsure? Write to Our Funeral Director
We can create a memorial tailored according to your preferences and budget. We are here to serve you and will be happy to help you with this special occasion to remember your loved one. Send an email to our Funeral Director or book a visit to our facilities by clicking below.