Memorials or Life Celebration ceremonies are newer terms used to describe an alternative to the traditional funeral service. They are held in a reasonable time frame after the death to meet the needs of the family. A body is not present. Attendees have an opportunity to honor the memory of the deceased, express love and affection and most of all, celebrate the life of the individual.
As the officiant, I share a brief biography of the deceased by interviewing family members. I invite guests to share memories, reflections and eulogies, making the service personal and very memorable. Creative elements add to a meaningful commemorative including live or recorded music, singing, poetry, photo presentations and candle lighting. Some families may elect to hold separate services for family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or community members. The location should reflect the personality of the deceased such as a private home, community center, park or favorite setting of the loved one.