Many people confuse funeral services and memorial services. A funeral is characterised by the presence of a deceased person's body. On the other hand, the focal point of a memorial service is an urn or framed portrait of the deceased. Many aspects go into planning a successful memorial service for a loved one. Essential considerations include a budget allocation for a memorial service, choice of location, invitations, speakers, music and food and drinks.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.