While a traditional funeral offers the comfort of familiarity, nontraditional memorial services are becoming more common. A memorial is a good fit after cremation when a conventional viewing isn’t possible. It can also be held later than a funeral, giving loved ones more time to arrange travel. But perhaps the most important draw of this type of service is it can be deeply personalized to the memory of the deceased. While the following suggestions may not suit every case, they help illustrate the scope of possibilities in planning a personalized service.
Memorial Service Options
1. The Officiant
It is traditional for a religious authority to lead the service. But if the deceased was not religious or simply preferred another option, anyone can be chosen to oversee a memorial service, whether it’s a close friend or family member.
2. The Venue
Either the funeral home or a religious building are the most common choices of venue for a funeral. However, a memorial service can take place anywhere: outdoors, for example, or at a location the deceased enjoyed.
3. Music, Readings, & Slideshows
While small performances and presentations are often incorporated into funerals of all types, a memorial service can be entirely built around these moments. This is especially important to many families who want to remember the life and personality of a loved one together.
Even if the events of the memorial service are conservative and traditional, personality can come through in photo displays, floral arrangements, and other decorations. From your loved one's favorite flowers to a display of crafts created by them, this is an opportunity to honor their tastes and what made them unique.
5. Guest Involvement
Everyone who attends a memorial service likely has fond memories of the deceased. Invite guests to share those memories, either verbally or through written notes for you to collect. This will give loved ones closure and immortalize the best moments of the deceased.
After cremation, a memorial service is an opportunity to celebrate your loved one's life and personality. If you aren't sure what is right for your family, talk with Tri State Direct Cremation to get ideas. They provide simple, affordable cremation services in Brooklyn, NY, and their compassionate team is available by phone 24 hours a day to help you plan services. Call them at (347) 470-1515 for their advice, or learn more online.