Preparing a funeral or memorial service is a great gift to love one. If you are planning a memorial service for a close friend, relatives or family member, your efforts are great gifts not only to the deceased. Many people are planning to give gift as personalized funeral and memorial service to their loved one. If you are planning memorial service in religious that include religious prayers and rituals required by your faith tradition in funeral service.
Funeral or Memorial Service?
First decide whether it will be a funeral or memorial service? The main difference between funeral and memorial is, funeral will be conduct with dead body present. It is most expensive compared with memorial. Funeral service requires funeral directors and use of funeral home facilities.
Memorial services are conducted without the dead body. This service can take place anywhere at any time – soon after the death, weeks or months later. Give some time to conduct memorial services that allow friends and relatives to make travel arrangements to attend the service.
Choose a Location
Maximum funerals are conducted in funeral homes, directors or in church. But now funeral homes are growing in popularity and also funeral directors also providing their services to funeral homes. Like this, memorial service is also same. Select place anywhere like funeral home, church, nearby park, beach or other setting that has importance for the deceased and the family.
Make It Meaningful
Everyone has their own creativity or imagination to conduct the memorial service. Every thought must be unique to make the memorial successful. The thoughts may be selecting songs, decorate memorial walls, arrange the tables, display photographs, video clips that must be tell about your loved one life history.
Music is a most important part in memorial service. Give a chance to relatives to speech some words about his/her relationship with loved one. Now a days, many people are giving cremation urns with cremated ashes as gift for loved one remembrance. Most important and compulsory thing is prayer.
Feed the Hungry
In every religion and culture have tradition to share the food as part of their bereavement rituals. Serving the food is great culture to people who attend memorial service. Depending on where you live or worship, feed the hungry may be tradition for people in church or neighborhood to bring food to share. Serving food with little alcohol can help relieve tensions. But it must be in limited quantity.