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The Difference Between a Funeral & a Memorial Service May 19, 2017

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The Difference Between a Funeral & a Memorial Service, Colchester, Connecticut

Although funeral and memorial services are often thought to be the same, there are slight differences between the two ceremonies. With help from the compassionate team at Belmont Funeral Home, you can learn how a funeral service stands apart from a memorial. Having served Colchester, Connecticut, for nearly 65 years, the funeral home offers this information to help you plan the appropriate arrangements for a loved one’s final farewell.

3 Major Differences Between Funeral & Memorial Services


A funeral service is held when the deceased’s body receives proper burial or cremation services amid the presence of close family and friends. The purpose of a memorial service is to commemorate your loved one’s personal and professional achievements in the eyes of other near and dear ones.

Memorial ServiceTiming

To maintain the body’s sanctity and condition, funeral homes recommend organizing burial services within a week of a person’s demise. On the other hand, memorial services, also called "Celebration of Life" ceremonies are typically carried out following a person’s passing and funeral. You can organize the celebration on the same day as the funeral or set the date a few days, weeks, or months later.

What the Service Entails

Funerals serve as a ceremonious farewell to the departed soul and are comprised of a religious ceremony before the final disposition. Before the funeral, surviving family members may also arrange a wake to help friends and relatives view the deceased’s body one last time. A memorial service honors your loved one’s accomplishments and successes in their private and professional endeavors. It can also serve as a lead-in to spreading your loved one’s ashes at a particular location.

Which Service You Should Choose

The service you choose for a departed loved one depends on your budget, family members’ availability, and the deceased’s wishes. Organizing two separate ceremonies can be helpful for those who are unable to attend the funeral for some reason, but can make it at a later date.

Whether you opt for one ceremony or both, turn to the staff at Belmont Funeral Home for organizing them efficiently. Learn more about their professionally arranged funeral and memorial services by calling (860) 537-2900 or visiting their website.

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