How To: Plan a memorial service

Plan a memorial service

Not sure how to plan a funeral? A well-planned memorial service honors the deceased and comforts those who are grieving. Learn what steps to take when planning a funeral in this how-to video.

What you will need:
• Consideration
• Friends and family of the deceased
• A venue, date, and time
• A computer with internet access
• People to speak
• Music
• Refreshments
• Flowers
• Memorial items
• Programs
• Obituary

Step 1: Think about what's appropriate
Give careful thought to what kind of memorial service would be most appropriate for the deceased's personality and what they would have wanted.

Step 2: Make guest list
Make a guest list. Ask friends and family for suggestions. You don't want to leave anyone out.

Step 3: Choose location and time
Choose an appropriate venue for the memorial service using online or local directories. Determine the date and time for the event.

Step 4: Select speakers, readings, and music
Select people to perform readings and choose the music for the event.

Step 5: Choose the food and flowers
Choose the type of refreshments that will be available and the type and quantity of flowers and decorations for the memorial area.

Step 6: Plan memorial display
Plan a memorial of photos and other items of personal significance that will be displayed at the event for attendees to view.

Step 7: Create and print programs
Create and print programs that provide a timeline for events in the memorial service. Print enough for each attendee and for possible additional guests.

Step 8: Place obituary and notify guests
Place an obituary in the local newspaper and notify the guests of the upcoming event.

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