Memorial Service Ideas for Cremation
In the time following your loved one's cremation, your family is able to put much of their collective attention on how to plan a memorial service after cremation. Sometimes called remembrance ceremonies, memorial services provide friends and family members with an opportunity to gather together in tribute to a loved one's life.
You will have ample time to arrange for an appropriate and meaningful service or ceremony. Cremation creates more flexibility to arrange for a service that addresses the scheduling needs of all involved. Of course, picking the date, time, and place for the remembrance ceremony is a major factor in planning, equally important are the personal touches you can add to the ceremony itself.
Memorial Service Ideas for Cremation
Personal touches are the things that make your loved one's memorial service or remembrance ceremony uniquely theirs. One such personal touch could be the location of the service itself; selecting a place that was meaningful during their lifetime can be the start of a deeply personal service.
We've seen families arrange for their loved one's service to be held on the 18th hole of their favorite golf course. We're also aware of decidedly casual remembrance ceremonies staged as tailgate parties held prior to a favorite team's football or baseball game. Some choose to hold the ceremony in the family's backyard while others decide upon a more public location. Think creatively; talk to one another. We're confident you will find exactly the right place for your loved one's remembrance ceremony.
Personalize Your Memorial Service
Our list of ways to personalize your loved one's memorial service also includes:
1. Compiling a selection of their favorite musical selections and playing it in the background then providing each guest with a copy of the CD as a memento of the occasion.
2. Planting a memorial tree or flowering shrub in a meaningful location. This may require getting permission from the land owner or governmental agency. An identical seedling could then be given to guests to plant in memory of your loved one.
3. Arranging for a buffet or pot luck featuring your loved one's favorite foods. Each guest could then be given copies of the recipes involved to take home as a memento.
4. Arrange for a meaningful end to the service with a dove, butterfly or balloon release. Or, you could decide to arrange for each guest to release a floating sky lantern.
5. Prepare and deliver a eulogy in tribute to your loved one. If this idea sounds like something you or another family member would like to do, we encourage you to read "How to Write a Eulogy".
6. Hire a professional photographer to take pictures or videotape the service as a personal memento for family members. (Guests could be mailed or given copies as keepsake gifts.)
7. Prepare a tribute video or slideshow of treasured family photographs to be shown at the service. Copies of this presentation could then be given to family members and close friends.
8. Arrange for the display of treasured family photographs or your loved one's handicrafts, art work, or collection of personal keepsakes. Depending on the nature and value of the display or collection, each guest could be allowed to select one to take home with them as a keepsake.
9. Setting up a table with a hand-chosen collection of small river rocks. Provide permanent markers in various colors. Guests are then invited to write their name and a brief message of love (in their favorite color or colors) on a chosen rock. The rocks can then be kept by the family or scattered in a favorite location.
10. Select your loved one's favorite flowers to be displayed as part of the memorial service. These flowers can then be turned into floral beads, which could be sent to family members and guests as special hand-crafted keepsakes. To learn what's involved, visit the webpage, "How to Make Funeral Flowers into Beads", or the page, "Memorial Jewelry--How to Make Rose Petal Beads with Polymer Clay".
11. If your loved one was fond of social media, you could arrange for guests to post messages or photos from the memorial service directly to their Facebook page. Once done, the page could be memorialized following Facebook's guidelines.
We've had lots of experience helping bring families' cremation ceremony ideas to life, and have put together a Memorial Service Planning Checklist to guide you and your family through the process. If you'd like additional support, contact us at 401-337-5900. We also have many recommended local resources in our Community Links section.
What We Can Provide for a Memorial Service
Memories Forever™ Memorial Tribute Page
The Memories Forever™ memorial website will ensure that the stories, photos, and memories of your loved one remain accessible. We help families build a priceless legacy for future generations.
To learn more about the Memories Forever™, call us to speak with one of our funeral professionals.
Digital Tribute Videos
Our professional editing software combines your photos and videos with beautiful music to create a DVD tribute video for presentation at a memorial service and/or for your family to treasure long into the future. To learn more about this service, call us.
Personalized Printing Services
You may wish to provide your memorial guests with a treasured keepsake to commemorate your loved one’s life. Our memorial stationery includes bookmarks, prayer cards, and folders which can be customized with a favorite photo, poem, or a specially-written tribute to your loved one. One of our funeral professionals can further explain this unique way to create personalized print keepsakes. Call or email us today.
In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for friends and family to live in another city or country. Perhaps someone who would like to attend the memorial service is too ill to travel or has insufficient funds to do so. Our webcasting service provides real-time streaming video over the Internet. You can also use our webcasting to create a keepsake recording. If you would like to explore this opportunity, please call us.
Letting the Public Know a Death Has Occurred
Family's Choice Cremation, Inc will work hard to ensure everyone in your loved one’s community has an opportunity to show their support through both traditional newsprint obituaries and electronic media. Let us take a few minutes of your time to explain this service. Call a Family's Choice Cremation, Inc professional to learn more at 401-337-5900.
We are Here to Listen and Serve
The staff of Family's Choice Cremation, Inc has years of experience and many wonderful commemoration and celebration of life ideas to share. If you would like more information on any of our services or would like to discuss how we can work together to create a moving memorial service in honor of your loved one, please contact us.