What Is a Memorial?

Are you getting ready to honor the life of a recently departed loved one? From traditional funerals to celebrations of life, there are a lot of options available these days. And one of the most popular options out there is the standard memorial service.

But, what is a memorial service exactly, and how does it differ from other events, like funerals?

If you’re getting ready to celebrate the life of a lost loved one but aren’t sure what type of event would suit you best, we’re here to help you decide. Here’s everything you need to know about modern memorial services.

What Is a Memorial Service?

In short: a memorial service is a gathering to celebrate and remember the life of a recently deceased loved one.

While a memorial service can be hosted in a funeral home, they don’t have to be. Many families choose to forgo a funeral home in lieu of hosting their loved one’s memorial service at home or in a local church.

During a memorial service, the family and friends of the recently departed come together to commemorate the life of their loved one, present eulogies and mourn their collective loss while focusing primarily on memories and the life of the deceased.

A memorial service can also often include religious elements such as a sermon and prayer led by a religious figure, such as a pastor.

Why Is a Memorial Different from a Funeral?

In many respects, a memorial service and traditional funeral are, more or less, the same kind of event. The primary difference between a funeral and a memorial is whether or not the event includes the final disposition.

A traditional funeral generally includes a memorial service, followed by either a burial or scattering of ashes, depending on the disposition method the deceased or their family decided on. The memorial portion of a traditional funeral could include a viewing where the deceased’s body is displayed so friends and loved ones can pay their last respects. During a memorial service, the remains of the departed are usually not present.

How to Plan a Memorial Service

Planning a memorialservice is generally easier than planning something like a traditional funeral. That said, there are a few key components you’re going to have to decide. The biggest decision you’ll have to make when planning a memorial service is where you want to host the event.

Once that’s decided, then you’ll need to pick who you would like to deliver eulogies, contact any religious figures you would like to have present, and send out invitations. While this may not sound like much, it can be overwhelming for those who are still grieving. So, don’t hesitate to reach out for help planning if you’re struggling.

A Time to Celebrate and Remember

Know that you know the answer to the question, “what is a memorial service?” It’s time to decide whether this option is the best option for you and your loved ones.

If you need more information or are ready to start planning a memorial service for your recently departed loved one and aren’t sure where to begin, we’re here to help.

Contact us for more information about our services or to begin planning a memorial service for your loved one today.

Are you in Southern Chester County and in need of cremation, funeral, preplanning, or any other sort of funeral-related help? Reach out to us today and we’ll happily help with any of your funeral-related needs.