A Memorial service is a ceremony for someone who has died that takes place after burial or cremation.
Memorial services are chosen for a variety of reasons. For example, it was the wishes 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.
Additionally, 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, include tributes such as singing, music, rituals, food and much more.
Memorial services often allow greater flexibility on venue and location. They may incorporate a scattering or interment of ashes.
The service 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, 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.
Direction cremation, no service
With more people opting for a direction cremation, no service, friends and family may opt to have a memorial service to reflect, grieve and seek some closure.