How to 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:
• Friends and family of the deceased
• A venue, date, and time
• A computer with internet access
• People to speak
• Memorial items
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.