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:
One other difference between a memorial and a funeral is that the casket isn't present in the memorial service, but if the body was cremated, you might display the urn with the remains during the ceremony too.
You can hold your memorial service in a funeral home, church, or significant location such as their gravesite, memorial location, or one of their favorite places.
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.
Just because you already had a funeral or celebration of life service, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to gather to honor their life. Memorial services can be held at any point in your grief journey and often take place well after the deceased is buried or cremated.
There are numerous benefits to holding a memorial service for your loved one, but some will be more important than others depending on your particular situation. Here’s a list of memorial service benefits
When it comes to planning a memorial, a lot of questions may emerge and to give you some more guidance, here are a few things you can be mindful of: think about your loved one and the things he or she liked, hobbies, cultural background, profession, voluntary work, sports, anything that somehow reminds you of he or she and things you liked to do together. Having those in mind will help you personalize a custom service uniquely made to honor your loved one’s life.
Some creative ways to personalize a memorial service are:
Dorsey Funeral Home Inc.
Phone: (914) 941-0167
14 Emwilton Pl., Ossining, NY 10562
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