There are many ways to honor a loved one who has passed away. Funerals are the type of services most people are familiar with, but they are not the only options available. Memorial services can also be very meaningful for friends and family. In this blog, we will discuss some memorial ideas if you are looking for inspiration on ways to honor your loved one.
The term memorial service is occasionally incorrectly used interchangeably with the term “funeral service.” Unlike at a funeral, the body of the deceased will not be present at a memorial service. As a result, a memorial service is not subject to the same time concerns as a funeral and is often done if the deceased has been cremated. For example, the scattering of cremated remains is often done as part of a memorial service.
A memorial service can also be held in conjunction with a funeral. A small, private funeral before the memorial service can allow family and close friends to say their final goodbyes in a more intimate setting. This can be especially helpful if the memorial service is intended to be a celebration of the life that has been lived instead of the mourning of those left behind. If you are planning a memorial service, here are a few different memorial ideas you can consider to personalize the service.
Memory Table: Ask all attendees to bring something representative of a favorite memory they have of the deceased. Photographs are common, but anything from ticket stubs from a concert or seashells from a shared trip to the beach can evoke powerful memories. It can be helpful to provide 3×5 cards to allow the guests to explain the significance of the object they brought or to simply share a memory without an object.
Seeded Paper: Most often made with wildflower seeds, seeded paper can be used to make cards or bookmarks. This paper can then be planted after the memorial service. For memorial services, forget-me-not seeds are a common choice. If you choose paper with the seeds of any perennial flower, they can provide blooms that recur for years.
In Lieu of Flowers: You may want to consider encouraging friends and family to forego the flowers in favor of a monetary donation. Donations can be given to a favorite charity of the deceased or you could create a scholarship fund to their alma mater.
A memorial service can be as unique as the person being remembered. At Mountain View Funeral Home, our dedicated staff takes pride in providing compassionate, personalized care. Whether you are planning a memorial service or just have questions about the services we provide, you can contact us. We are here to help with every aspect of funeral and memorial care.