There is no formal structure to a memorial service.
As with a traditional funeral, people may participate in the memorial service in many ways, including delivering readings or prayers, singing songs, or playing musical instruments, or sharing a memory of the person who died.
With the initial shock and despair of bereavement behind them, mourners are generally more able to contribute to, participate in – and even enjoy – the service.
Recollections and speeches may be affectionate and amusing, and laughter is not considered inappropriate or embarrassing. The options for memorial service ideas are nearly limitless and it may seem daunting to plan one.
Whether a “traditional” service, a “life celebration” party, or something in between, the abundance of choices and the lessening of a widely accepted standard can increase the pressure on the family to choose the right elements to include.
Memorial services offer a way to honour the lives of our loved ones by celebrating who they were as individuals, and what made them special.
As your Celebrant I will be here to help you explore and develop your ideas and plans and officiate at the memorial service on the day.
Whether it has been weeks, months, or years since the passing of your loved one, a one-of-a-kind celebration of their life can be a beautiful way to honour their memory.