Greetings! This is the first of several blogs which I have prepared to give you some direction as you consider options for a memorial service to honour someone who has died.
Direct cremation or very small private cremation services with just a handful of attendees are becoming increasingly popular in the U.K. for a number of reasons. Hand in hand with this seed change, I am finding that more and more people are choosing to hold a memorial service or celebration of life, to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one and there are quite a few benefits of this approach.
Memorial Services Can be Held at Any Time
One particularly important feature of the memorial service is that date wise, you can plan it to suit yourself and others. It doesn’t have to be sorted and delivered within a few weeks like a traditional funeral. You may decide to hold it during a favourite season or on a significant date such as an anniversary. Also, it can last as long as you like; you are not just limited to half an hour or so as you are in a crematorium chapel.
Memorial Services Are Important
It has long been recognised that it is extremely important to hold some sort of service, whether a memorial, celebration of life or ceremony to mark the loss of someone special. History and experience shows us that such a service can support our needs for some sort of closure and pathway to peace.
The aim of this blog is to highlight a few of the options you have if you’d decide to hold a memorial service or celebration of life.
Options for a Memorial Service for a Loved One
A memorial service can take many forms; it can be as personal and informal as taking place in your home or your garden with just a handful of guests. Alternatively, it can be much more and can either be a celebration of life or a service similar to the funeral itself. There is so much scope for creativity.
Once you have decided to plan a memorial service, it’s a good idea to jot down notes about the vision you have of your special occasion. If your loved one was a keen fan of music, or dancing, or maybe the great outdoors. There are so many places that an amazing celebration of life event can be held and ways to personalise the occasion so that your loved one’s personality shines through and lights up the room.
Maybe you aren’t sure yet if a memorial service or celebration of life is right for you. Perhaps your loved one told you long ago this is what they wanted but you’re not sure how to go about it? This is a good time for you to make contact with your chosen celebrant and discuss options for a memorial service. If that is me, we will make an appointment to meet up and you can run through your ideas with me and we can chat about your loved one so I can get a feel for their character and personality. I will then be able to embrace your vision and find ways to include your ideas in order to produce a truly meaningful and personal event.
I have years of experience of event management and have good working relationships with a number of Function venues so together we can make it all happen while we keep a close eye on your budget.
Watch out for the next blog in this series, how to plan a memorial service for a loved one.