Death is still a mystery that one finds hard to comprehend, and it is the most painful human experience for the bereaved. Family and friends are left to grieve with the hope of creating lasting memories, finding closure, and healing emotionally. During the grieving period, family members are usually struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. So, some items may be overlooked during planning. Here is how to plan a proper memorial service.
Location or Venue
The ceremony can be held in any location that the family deems best. Some people opt for places that have a certain significance to the bereaved or the deceased. Some ideal locations include a family home, park, beach, or locations that can accommodate a large number of mourners, such as a place of worship, an event space or a banquet hall. For those who have strict religious traditions, a church, temple, or other religious location may be the ideal location.
Music is an important part of the ceremony and also a proper way of paying tribute to the deceased. It can set a tone for attendees to relive the memories they shared with the departed. Playing two or more favorite songs of the deceased is encouraged. Make it personal. Hymns are also common in funeral ceremonies. Live performance by a jazz group, bluegrass or a soloist is also an excellent way to celebrate the day.
The reception can mean different things to different people and families. For some, the reception is a celebration of the departed's life, so planning the reception based on his or her likes and preferences can be ideal. Typically, this is a great time for sharing memories, so the theme should focus on what the deceased loved. Therefore, the food, music, drinks, and decor options should be inspired by their interests. Items, such as flowers and decorations, are usually a personal choice. Lighting can also be a great way to set the mood, with tea lights setting an intimate tone for a memorial service. When planning the reception, it is wise to consider the guests too. Providing them with information about the food and seating plan can help them to know what to expect.
The Order of the Service Is Important
A proper memorial service is more than just going through the expected motions. The family should have a plan detailing the list of activities that will take place throughout the day. The plan must include the person who will be involved in each of the activities. This includes music, opening words, readings, eulogies, and summations. Many people opt to have a printed program for mourners to get a copy.
Losing a loved is a painful experience, and it usually takes some time for many people to recover from the loss. Still, a service is an important step in the grieving process, ensuring the family can pay their last respects.
Source by Alfred Ardis