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Memorial services can be powerful ways to celebrate the life of a loved one you have lost. If you are looking to plan a meaningful memorial service for a loved one, then this blog can offer a helpful guide to get you started.  

1. Decide on the tone of the service  

Firstly, you will need to decide on the tone of the event. Will it be an intimate gathering or a large event? Will the feel be formal in a religious setting or informal like a family picnic? This decision will greatly guide you on to the next range of decisions that you have to make.

2. Choose a date for the service 

Memorial services need to be scheduled at a convenient time so that all invitees who wish to attend are able to make it. The service can come weeks or even months after the passing if needs be. It is useful to confirm availability with those closest to the deceased and then set this date as far in advance as possible with guests.

3. Select a venue for the service 

The location of a memorial service will have an impact on the tone, cost and guest capacity of your service, which is why it is one of the most important choices to make when planning a memorial service. Some options to choose from are churches, beaches, private homes, funeral homes or public function rooms.

4. Pick speakers for the service

It is up to you whether you wish to hire a professional to lead the service. You can also ask friends or family of the loved one to lead the service or take part in readings, stories, poems and testimonials. The eulogy should ideally be assigned to someone who was close to the deceased and can offer a meaningful summary of their life.

5. Develop a programme for the service

A printed memorial service programme stating the order of the service, music and readings is useful for guests of the memorial. It can also make a special keepsake for loved ones to cherish. The cover of the programme should be designed to feature the deceased’s name, a photograph of them and the dates of their life. Inside the programme, further details of the service will be provided.

Here at Bay Cremation Care, we help our customers plan memorial services and are committed to offering affordable funeral services, including fixed-price farewells, designed to allow you to focus on arranging the perfect final farewell. Get in touch with us today.