How to Plan a Meaningful Memorial Service

By: Louis Bruno
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Family members come together to remember their deceased loved one during memorial services. It is an event that celebrates life, helping people find some solace and comfort. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we know just how impactful a well-planned memorial service can be. Here are some tips that can help you successfully plan a good service:

1. Think About What Your Loved One Would Have Liked

Personalized memorial services are more comforting than generic events. Think about how you can infuse some of the deceased individual’s personality and vibe into the memorial service. What kind of flowers did they like? Where they cheerful, wise, serious, or goofy? What were some of the most defining aspects of their character? All of these factors may help you create a more personalized service.

2. Consult Family Members

It is always a good idea to consult with family members to know more about the different elements of a memorial service. Sometimes planners focus on their deceased family members without taking people left behind into consideration. Don't include things that may offend or hurt people because that can do more harm than good. Consult with family members and ensure everyone is one the same page before proceeding.

3. Include Personal Memorabilia

Did the deceased have a pen collection? Did they love music? Were they an avid reader? You can include items they loved in a memorial service to add a personal touch. This can help grieving individuals remember fond memories instead of focusing solely on loss. Remembering fond memories can help people heal.

4. Create a Memorial Wall

Create a wall full of personal photographs chronicling the life of your loved one.

If you want to know more about grief, memorial services, or cremation, don't hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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