When a loved one passes away, questions arise about whether or not to have a memorial service. Oftentimes, because of both timing issues and distance of some family members, relatives choose to forgo any formal services altogether. Yet, more often than not, this lack of a formal gathering leaves many with unresolved grief. The need to say goodbye or acknowledge the loss of a loved one is essential to the healing process. Memorial services are a great way to suit everyone’s needs.
A memorial service, any gathering where the casket is not present, can be held long after a funeral service has already been concluded, can include whomever you wish, and can be carried out whenever or wherever you choose. In addition to the myriad of options, arranging a memorial buys you time to really think about the type of gathering that will best reflect the treasured life and ensures the details will be carried out just as you envision. Inviting input from other family members during the process also helps to provide closure to others amid this time of grief. It is beneficial to have this talk in advance, though, at a time when emotions are calmer. Some questions to consider: possible locations, preferences in who would preside, the option of an accompanying picture or DVD slideshow, inviting others to share their memories and stories, and offering snacks or food.
From a gathering at the community park lead by clergy to renting a ballpark presided over by a family friend, memorials can be arranged to any extent your heart desires. Funeral establishments can provide a planning guide to help you, along with suggestions for all your options. As a trusted guide, your preferred funeral director can help you seam together a celebration that sincerely honors your loved one’s life.