Planning a Memorial Service
If you’re unable to have the funeral you would like to have due to the pandemic, you can still plan to have a traditional memorial service in a few weeks or months once social distancing and other restrictions have been lifted. While delaying a memorial service may have some disadvantages, there are also some benefits.
Having a memorial service several weeks or even months after a death:
- Provides ample time to create a very meaningful tribute that beautifully honors the life of your loved one.
- Makes it more possible for friends and family, especially those who live at a distance, to be in attendance.
The memorial service can be held at a funeral home, or you may want to select a location that has significance to your loved one or the family – perhaps a church, restaurant, or park. Regardless of the location, your funeral director can coordinate all the details, or you can plan the event yourself.
There are many ways to make the service meaningful, whether you’re planning a formal gathering or something more casual:
- Display mementos and photographs
- Show home movies/videos
- Invite a member of the clergy or a celebrant to officiate
- Play hymns or other meaningful songs
- Invite family and friends to read some meaningful text or perform a song
- Invite attendees to speak about the loved one and share stories
- Serve refreshments or a meal, perhaps featuring your loved one’s favorite foods