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Joanne Bates
B: 1958-01-30
D: 2017-12-12
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Bates, Joanne
Giuseppina La Rocca
B: 1929-06-21
D: 2017-12-12
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La Rocca, Giuseppina
George Ahrens
B: 1932-07-10
D: 2017-12-12
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Ahrens, George
James Pizzo
B: 1933-06-05
D: 2017-12-12
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Pizzo, James
Kathleen Miele
B: 1922-08-11
D: 2017-12-10
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Miele, Kathleen
James Mugan
B: 1962-07-16
D: 2017-12-09
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Mugan, James
Christine Titone
B: 1921-05-23
D: 2017-12-09
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Titone, Christine
Jamie R. Hue
B: 1982-08-12
D: 2017-12-09
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Hue, Jamie R.
Ruth Remeza
B: 1937-07-26
D: 2017-12-06
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Remeza, Ruth
Alisa Sue Bell
B: 1963-07-21
D: 2017-12-03
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Bell, Alisa Sue
John G. Laurenzano
B: 1932-03-28
D: 2017-12-01
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Laurenzano, John G.
Louis Cirillo
B: 1925-09-20
D: 2017-12-01
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Cirillo, Louis
John Quick
B: 1957-08-13
D: 2017-11-30
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Quick, John
Stefan Szanto
B: 1948-12-22
D: 2017-11-29
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Szanto, Stefan
Eva Dhali
B: 1968-03-15
D: 2017-11-29
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Dhali, Eva
Antonio Cracchiolo
B: 1936-12-31
D: 2017-11-26
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Cracchiolo, Antonio
William F. DiPietra
B: 1975-06-07
D: 2017-11-25
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DiPietra, William F.
Myron P. Kozak
B: 1960-10-10
D: 2017-11-24
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Kozak, Myron P.
Mary Fodera
B: 1928-02-08
D: 2017-11-23
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Fodera, Mary
Aniela Latocha
B: 1934-04-21
D: 2017-11-22
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Latocha, Aniela
Amelia DeJesus Cabral
B: 1933-02-05
D: 2017-11-21
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DeJesus Cabral, Amelia

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How to Plan a Memorial Service - Checklist & Ideas

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?

  • What was he or she like as an individual?

  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?

  • Was your loved one spiritual?

  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

Memorial Service Checklist

It's really a process of asking–and answering–questions. Sit down with other family members, at least once, but maybe even more than once; to explore the memorial service planning ideas which arise from answering these questions:

1. Who will be invited? The number of guests define the where, when, and how of your memorial service. Write down the names of everyone you think would want to be there and then set it aside. You can add new names to the list as you go along.


2. Where, and when, should the event take place? Here's where your imagination is tempered by any scheduling or travel-related issues facing those who will be invited. Be sure to check in with out-of-town relatives and friends about their situation before settling on these critical details.


3. Who will orchestrate or conduct the event? If your loved one was religious, you may opt to have their pastor or church minister perform these tasks. However, many families today hire a non-denominational celebrant to oversee the memorial service.


4. Who wishes to speak at the event? Many times family members or friends will be very direct about their desire to make a short presentation at the memorial service; other times you need to come out and ask folks if they would be willing to publicly share their thoughts and feelings. Either way, you'll want to select those people who have shared a close relationship with the deceased and have something meaningful to contribute.


5. What group activities would be appropriate? We've heard about some exciting memorial service ideas over the years. This question involves thinking about what your loved one liked most about their life and gives everyone a remarkable space to share memories, laugh, and even cry together.


6. What food or beverages should be served?  What you serve may depend on the theme of your memorial service, or may be based on your loved one's favorite dishes. It's entirely up to you; we've even seen "pot luck" memorial service where guests actually sign up to bring select foods and beverages.


celebration of life planning checklist

7. What readings and music should you include?  Music is an integral part of life for many people, and a memorial service is the perfect event in which to showcase the meaningful music of your loved one's life. But, if your loved one didn't appreciate music (and lots of folks don’t), it may be more appropriate to read chosen spiritual selections, or excerpts from literature.


8. What details of your loved one's life do you want to share with guests? Not every biographical detail needs to be highlighted; rather you're trying to capture their essence by telling revealing anecdotes or stories. Sometimes you can reveal their character by detailing one short moment in their life experience.


9. What decorations will you have? Many families create a tribute video and use it as the centerpiece of the event. Others choose to use a memory table of photographs and other memorabilia instead.


Let Us Help You Plan a Memorial Service in Queens

We know that's a lot to think about. But we urge you to take your time; be thoughtful, and don't hesitate to explore all the memorial service ideas which arise as part of this experience. We also encourage you to read our page on planning an affordable memorial service to further information.

As we've said, we've got the experience which could make planning a memorial service easier for you and your family. Don't hesitate to pick up the phonea; call us at 718-845-5151. Let's talk about your loved one's life; share some stories with us. We're confident that, together, we can come up with the perfect memorial service event to suit your needs and expectations.