How To Plan a Memorial Service

Planning for a memorial service can be extremely difficult, especially while you are in mourning. We’d like to alleviate some of that stress by providing you with a check list of things you need to take care of during the time you are waiting to receive your loved ones cremated remains. Please feel free to print this list out and use it as a guide for planing a well organized and successful memorial service.

Things You Should do to Prepare for a Memorial Service:

  • Decide whether to hold a funeral or a less formal memorial service.
  • Set a date and time for the gathering, usually a weekend or weekday evening.
  • Arrange for a place to hold the event — a church or anywhere that feels right.
  • Contact a pastor, priest, minister, rabbi, or other religious official to officiate, if desired.
  • Appoint someone to officiate at the service, to welcome those who attend, introduce speakers, indicate prayers and songs, and direct periods of silence.
  • Designate speakers, including those who will deliver the eulogies.
  • Choose music and songs.
  • Decide who should be invited to attend.
  • Write and print programs or memorial notices. We can do this for you.
  • Arrange for flowers. We can do this for you. We have many beautiful arrangements to choose from.
  • Order or arrange for food and beverages.
  • Arrange photographs or other memorabilia for display.
  • Get a guestbook for signatures and comments. We can provide these.
  • Arrange to have the service photographed, recorded, or videotaped. We have a photographer for you.