A well-planned memorial service honors the deceased and comforts those who are grieving.
Step 1: Think about what's appropriate
Give careful thought to what kind of memorial service would be most appropriate for the deceased's personality and what they would have wanted.
Step 2: Make a guest list
Make a guest list. Ask friends and family for suggestions. You don't want to leave anyone out.
The number of guests will determine the size of the location and the quantity of food.
Step 3: Choose location and time
Choose an appropriate venue for the memorial service using online or local directories. Determine the date and time of the event.
The date should be far enough in advance to allow plans to be made for the event, including guests' travel.
Step 4: Select speakers, readings, and music
Select people to perform readings and choose the music for the event.
Step 5: Choose the food and flowers
Choose the type of refreshments that will be available and the type and quantity of flowers and decorations for the memorial area.
Step 6: Plan memorial display
Plan a memorial of photos and other items of personal significance that will be displayed at the event for attendees to view.
Step 7: Create and print programs
Create and print programs that provide a timeline for events in the memorial service. Print enough for each attendee and for possible additional guests.
Step 8: Place obituary and notify guests
Place an obituary in the local newspaper and notify the guests of the upcoming event.
Did You Know?
Did you know? The Alfred Lord Tennyson poem, "In Memoriam" which contains the famous line, "Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all." was written for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam.