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A Memorial Service is a ceremony that takes place some time after the burial or cremation.
Memorial Services are chosen for a variety of reasons. For example, it was the wish of the deceased, the deceased died overseas, family were unable to travel at the time of death, the deceased was buried or cremated in their home city or town and memorial services were held in other locations.
Workplaces may hold a memorial service for a work colleague who has died.
The format of a Memorial Service is very flexible. It can be formal or informal, including tributes such as singing, music, rituals, food and much more.
Memorial Services often allow greater flexibility on venue and location and may incorporate a scattering or interment of ashes.
Memorial Services can be woven around the character and interests of the deceased, for example, food for a food lover or chef, singing for a music lover or performer, attended by pets for an animal lover.
Memorial Services may also be held in conjunction with an event such as a birthday, or an anniversary perhaps e.g. one month or a year after a death.
Memorial Service for events
Many cemeteries and crematoria hold memorials and remembrance services for special days, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Easter and Christmas. These services are greatly appreciated by many people who gain comfort and reflection from attendance.
Unattended Cremation (no service)
With more people opting for an unattended cremation, with no service, friends and family may opt to have a Memorial Service to reflect, grieve and seek some closure.
View the Celebrant Directory to find a Celebrant to assist with writing / facilitating the Memorial.