With options like cremation gaining popularity, memorial services have also become more common. Memorial services are different than funerals in that they can occur at any time after death – whether it’s days or even a year or more. They also differ from funeral services because memorial services do not require the body to be present during the ceremony. Thus, loved ones wishing to honor family members who have been cremated plan memorial services, while all burials are considered funeral services.
Memorial services are all unique. They can be held at a variety of locations, from places of worship to locations that were special to the deceased. Where they are held is a matter of preference for loved ones.
Memorial services do not necessarily have a standard format. Many choose to share memories, read prayers, or play music during the service. Loved ones, friends, neighbors or anyone else close to the deceased may want to speak during the service. There is also usually someone leading the service, like a close family member or religious leader. Ultimately, the family of the deceased will decide on the format of the service. There is no right or wrong way to conduct a memorial service, as long as it properly recognizes the deceased.
Like funeral services, memorial services are often followed by a reception. This can be held at a funeral home, place of worship, or family home. Like the service itself, there are no rules as to where the reception should be held or if one is held at all.
Memorial services can be difficult to plan, regardless of if they occur immediately after the death of a loved one or years after they have passed. It is helpful to keep in mind that there is no one way to plan a memorial service, and that it is mostly a matter of personal preference. Let Jeff Monreal Funeral Home help you plan the right memorial service for your loved one. Call us today to set up a meeting.