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What Is a Memorial Service?

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If you’ve looked through a planning a funeral checklist, a memorial service would have been at the top of the list.

Similar to a funeral service, memorial service programs are held to honor a person who has passed away. During this, immediate family, relatives, loved ones and friends are gathered together while dressed in memorial service attire.

This is an important part of the grieving process as it gives the people left behind the opportunity to mourn and begin their journey to acceptance. It is an occasion that commemorates their life and how they have touched the lives of others.

Since this takes place after the deceased has been buried or cremated, there is no body present during the ceremony.

Because of this, the centerpiece will usually be a framed portrait or an urn.

A memorial service can be held a day or even a few weeks after the body has been buried or cremated. In some cases, it can even be held after several months after the death of a loved one. This depends on how prepared the family is and when they are ready.

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What Happens at a Memorial Service?

While there is a whole list of memorial service etiquette, the most important part is to be respectful to the deceased. If you get that right, the rest should come easy.

Here are some traditional memorial service expectations:

  • Prayers will be offered (if religious)
  • Eulogies will be given by some of the closest people to the deceased
  • Music may be played in the background (depending on the organisers preference)
  • Photos and sometimes slideshows may be shown
  • Food and drinks may be served

However, personalized memorial services are growing in popularity with families. Instead of the typical sombre atmosphere, people are celebrating the life of the departed in a much more lively mood.

But ultimately, what happens at a memorial service is dependent on the family’s desires. And in the case of pre-paid funerals, the deceased will have already organised it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • In many aspects, a memorial service is similar to a funeral service.

    People gather around to participate in religious traditions and share stories of how the deceased has touched their lives. The main difference is that at a funeral service, the body of the deceased is present in an open casket or a closed one.

    But in a memorial service there is no body present because it is held after the body has been buried or cremated.

  • The cost of a memorial service will vary, depending on how simple or extravagant you want it to be.

    It can be as simple as having it at a commonplace of worship with friends and family. Or you could plan a more personalised memorial celebration at a more meaningful location with music and food for the guests.

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  • A memorial service is considered a less formal than a funeral service.

    However, that doesn’t mean you should be inconsiderate or disrespectful when you attend one. Wearing proper attire is a must. If the deceased’s family doesn’t have any particular request, wearing a dark and neutral colored suit or dress is expected.

    Also, arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes before the memorial service starts. Once you’re there, offer your brief condolences to the family and take your seat.

    Respect is the key.