Your Planning Checklist: How to Plan a Memorial Service

Monday, August 23, 2021

When someone passes, those who are left behind are left with deep emotions, feelings of loss, and often an intense desire to gather with others to celebrate their lost loved one's life.

A great way to bring people together to share in all of the above is a memorial service.

However, in the moments and days and weeks following a death, many find that they don't know where to begin. They may feel confused about how to plan a memorial service. 

A memorial service is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to mourning. Gathering together people who cared about the deceased will not only help all to heal, but it will also offer all in attendance the opportunity to remember the impact that their loved one had on all throughout his or her life.

If you're wondering how to plan a memorial service, even if you are inexperienced with event planning of any kind, read on for the steps you can follow to create a memorial service program that will honor the deceased and that will bring together those he or she left behind.

How to Plan a Memorial Service

As with anything, the best course of action when planning a memorial service for a loved one is to approach the task step by step. Whether you hold the memorial service soon after the passing of the person or months down the road, you can create a beautiful event that will be enjoyed and remembered by all.

1. Choose a Date and Time, a Venue, and Invite Your Guests

Fortunately, when it comes to knowing how to plan a memorial service, most of the work is before and leading up to the event. 

First, you'll need to choose a date and time. Weekend afternoons are often best because most people are available then. If people need to travel to the event from elsewhere, they will have the time to do so.

You'll also need to choose an appropriate venue. The perfect location is large enough to host everyone and has ample parking. Some people choose to hold memorial services in their homes, some choose a park or other outdoor space, and others book a venue that offers catered food and beverage service or other perks. A funeral home is also a perfect place for events such as these.

With COVID-19 in mind, it will be wise to choose a space that is larger than you think you will need so guests can spread out and space themselves from one other.

Some memorial services are quite small and only include family. Others can be quite large and can be open to the general public. Since you are the planner, it's up to you to decide what's best, but be sure to give your guests plenty of notice so they can attend.

2. Plan and Prepare Food and Beverages

It's not imperative that you include food and beverages at your memorial service, but most people will expect them. You can plan and prepare these items on your own, purchase them pre-made from a grocery store, or hire a caterer. You could also ask each guest to bring a dish for everyone to share.

In the time of COVID-19, you may choose to offer food and beverages as pre-portioned meals, instead of in a buffet format.

3. Create a Schedule

You'll also want to create some sort of schedule or memorial service program for your event. This might include remarks from family members, a eulogy reading, a moment of silence, or prayers. You might also want to put together a slideshow or photo display of the deceased for guests to enjoy and remember.

May Your Loved One Rest in Peace

Now that you know how to plan a memorial service, it's time to get started. If you still struggle to move forward on this task while you mourn, funeral homes like Schumacher & Benner of Pottstown, Pennsylvania are here to help. Please contact us today and let us help you plan the perfect memorial service for your loved one. We are so sorry for your loss and we look forward to hearing from you.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more. 

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