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Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.
A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.
Why Have a Memorial Service?
This section discusses why many families are choosing to create memorial services, and should help you better decide if this method would suit your loved one or yourself.
What is a Memorial Service
Take time to learn about this new ceremonial format, the celebration of life. Intended to showcase the unique life of your loved one, you'll also appreciate our suggestions on planning a meaningful and personalized celebration of life.
How to Plan a Memorial Service - Checklist
Because it's an opportunity to showcase someone's unique life story and achievements, today's memorial services are a deeply personal event. If you think such an event is the right choice for your situation, here's what should know about planning memorial services.