After the cremation services in Uniopolis, OH, you might want to plan a memorial service in honor of your deceased relative. Such an event will provide an opportunity for family and friends to honor the memory of the dearly departed and to lift the spirits of the living. So it does make sense to hold a memorial service, whether a formal one or an informal one, after the cremation.
While you don’t have to be as formal as you would with a funeral service, you should have some type of structure or plan in place so that everything flows smoothly. Here’s a look at how to plan a memorial.
Choose Date, Time, and Place
You will have flexibility in terms of when you hold the event. You can do it days, weeks, or even months after the cremation. It’s your choice. So after consulting with family members, choose a date, time, and place. If the event is a small one, you might wish to have it in a private home. If the event is a big one, you might wish to have it in a church, community center, or auditorium.
Decide on a Budget
You’ll also want to figure out a budget. If funds are tight, you can have something more lowkey. You don’t need to spend a lot to have a meaningful memorial service that hits all the right notes. It might be as simple as meeting in a living room to share memories and then to share a meal.
You can publish a notice in the obituary that is included in the newspaper. If the event will be a small one, you might choose to let people know by phone. Enlist family members to help you spread the word to people on the invite list. Many hands make light work, after all.
Decide Who Will Participate
You’ll want someone to officiate the event. As well, you’ll need to appoint others to take part in other ways. There will be plenty of tasks to spread around, so make sure you find enough people to take part. You might need people to give tributes, recite poems, sing, and play instruments.
In order for the event to flow smoothly, you’ll want to create an actual program. The program will list what will take place over the course of the memorial service.
If there will be a meal afterward, you’ll want to either assign a family member or friend to cook the food, hire a caterer to prepare the meal, or simply ask attendees to bring a dish for a potluck.
If you have any questions about planning a memorial service, get in touch. We’ll be happy to offer recommendations. We can also help you plan or preplan final services. We’re a funeral home that offers funeral services and cremation services in Uniopolis, OH. We also pride ourselves on treating our customers the way we’d like to be treated if we were in their shoes. So give us a call or pay us a visit for the help you need.