Saying goodbye to Gran

Honouring Loved Ones: A Guide on How to Plan a Memorial

The passing of a loved one is never easy, and planning a memorial can feel like an overwhelming task during an already difficult time. However, a memorial can offer an opportunity to celebrate the life of the person you lost and bring closure to friends and family. Take a look at some tips on how to plan a meaningful and personalised memorial that will honour your loved one’s legacy.

Determine the type of memorial

The first step in planning a memorial is deciding which type of service to hold. Will it be a formal religious service or a celebration of life? Will it be a private or public event? With these answers, you can assess the extent and scale of the service, aiding you in choosing the right venue and clergy or officiant.

Select a venue

Once you’ve determined the type of service, the next step is to choose a venue. Consider the number of guests expected and the vibe you’d like to create. A church may be appropriate for a religious service, while a park or beach may be beautiful for a celebration of life. If your loved one had a favourite location, it may be a great place to host the memorial. In addition, many funeral homes offer their own facilities for memorial events.

Create a personalised atmosphere

Customising the memorial will make it feel more meaningful and special. Consider your loved one’s favourite music, flowers and colours to create a space that accurately reflects them. Displaying photos and memorabilia can also help create a more personalised atmosphere. Additionally, consider setting up stations for guests to leave messages or write down memories of your loved one.

Plan the program or service

When planning the service, consider what you’d like to include, such as eulogies, readings or music. You may also want to include religious traditions or cultural elements that were important to your loved one. If you choose to include eulogies, ask family and close friends to participate and provide them with ample time to prepare their remarks.

Organise logistics

Finally, ensure that all logistics are taken care of so that you and your guests can fully focus on honouring your loved one. This may include arranging transportation for guests, sending out invitations and organising food and refreshments. A program or schedule of events could also simplify the day and help guests know what to expect.

Planning a memorial can be an emotional and overwhelming task. However, it can also offer a wonderful opportunity to honour and celebrate the life of your loved one. By following these tips, you can personalise and create a meaningful service that reflects their unique character and legacy. Remember, this is a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate a life and cherish memories that will endure long after the service has ended.

For more information on memorials, contact a professional near you.

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Saying goodbye to Gran

My grandma had such a hard life. She was a real battler and had seen some tragic things, but she kept going and kept a smile on her face. I hope that we did a good job in honouring her spirit with her funeral services. When someone has had a hard life, it's a balance to tell everyone their story while also remembering the light and fun sides of their personality. Remembering someone so special is a blessing but also a great responsibility. This blog is all about making sure you say goodbye in a way that remembers the whole person.