Obituaries

Jeannette Shea
B: 1933-08-23
D: 2019-04-22
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Shea, Jeannette
Trevor Gregory
B: 1936-06-19
D: 2019-04-18
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Gregory, Trevor
Alma Morgan
B: 1929-12-01
D: 2019-04-16
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Morgan, Alma
Marie Ouellette
B: 1948-03-31
D: 2019-04-13
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Ouellette, Marie
Lucy Naas
B: 1927-09-12
D: 2019-04-12
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Naas, Lucy
William Bardas
B: 1960-03-10
D: 2019-04-07
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Bardas, William
Paul Dean
B: 1935-12-09
D: 2019-04-04
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Dean, Paul
Lonnie Davis
B: 1961-06-22
D: 2019-04-04
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Davis, Lonnie
Paul Colby
B: 1960-12-16
D: 2019-04-03
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Colby, Paul
Thomas Hickey
B: 1965-04-18
D: 2019-03-31
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Hickey, Thomas
Susan Hackney
B: 1945-11-03
D: 2019-03-31
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Hackney, Susan
Elizabeth Christiansen
D: 2019-03-31
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Christiansen, Elizabeth
Raymond Atkinson
B: 1932-02-22
D: 2019-03-29
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Atkinson, Raymond
Joyce Jennings
B: 1934-10-13
D: 2019-03-27
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Jennings, Joyce
Joan Bentley
B: 1928-06-21
D: 2019-03-26
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Bentley, Joan
Benjamin Kendig
B: 1921-03-25
D: 2019-03-24
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Kendig, Benjamin
Linda Eckels
B: 1951-04-27
D: 2019-03-23
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Eckels, Linda
Arsenio Medina
B: 1937-07-05
D: 2019-03-20
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Medina, Arsenio
Elizabeth Bucknam
B: 1918-03-05
D: 2019-03-20
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Bucknam, Elizabeth
Mary Martin
B: 1943-06-26
D: 2019-03-20
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Martin, Mary
William Sullivan
B: 1936-08-12
D: 2019-03-20
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Sullivan, William

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Memorial Service Information

What is a Memorial Service?

A memorial service is a ceremony that memorializes and honors the deceased after the body has been cremated or buried. A memorial service has the same meaning of any other type of funeral service; honor and pay tribute to the deceased. The memorial service often takes place weeks or even months after the death has occurred.
 

Memorial Service vs. Funeral

The biggest difference of a traditional funeral and a memorial service is that the body is not present in a casket at a memorial service. However, an urn with the loved one’s ashes may be present at a memorial service. Both traditional funeral services and memorial services have structure, and both bring the community together in support and remembrance. However, a traditional funeral service is much more structured and formal. A traditional funeral service is often associated with religion so it is often led by a member of clergy, whereas a memorial service is led by a celebrant or master of ceremonies. Memorial services often allow for each guest to participate to some level, where guests of a traditional funeral are really just there to observe and reflect.

Memorial Service vs. Celebration of Life

A celebration of life is an event that truly celebrates the loved one’s passions, intellectual pursuits, personality, and personal accomplishments. A celebration of life can really have no structure at all and can be really anything you want.
 
A memorial service could be best described as a gentle mix of a traditional funeral and celebration of life. A memorial service has some structure, but it still allows you the flexibility to make the ceremony unique and personalized to fit the individual being honored. Also the mood generally lies somewhere in the middle of completely somber and celebratory.

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Why Choose a Memorial Service

  • We find the most common reason people choose a memorial service is that they want the extra time to plan a ceremony. Since a memorial service can take place after the body has been buried or cremation, there is no rush to organize a ceremony. Immediately following a death, families are not emotionally ready to have a ceremony – They need time to grieve. Relatives and friends that live far away can organize their schedule to travel for the memorial service.
  • Often those not religious choose to have a memorial service as opposed to a traditional funeral because traditional funerals are more often associated with religion.
  • Memorial service tend to be cheaper than holding a traditional funeral
  • As mentioned above, for some people memorial services serve as the perfect compromise between a celebration of life and traditional funeral service.
  • Some people find celebrations of life do not pay enough attention to the deceased and turn into solely a party

Use of a Civil Celebrant

Often memorial services are led by celebrants. A celebrant is a person who has been trained to conduct formal ceremonies, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals. They are not clergy; instead they are experienced masters-of-ceremony and story-tellers. A celebrant works closely with surviving family to create a ceremony which reflects the beliefs, cultural background, values and aspirations of your deceased loved one, and your family. If you think you would be best served by a celebrant, please speak with your funeral director.
 

Places to Hold a Memorial Service

You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to a location especially since the body will not be present. We have had families hold memorial services at beaches, community centers, parks, restaurants, banquet halls, and at family homes. For some that want some religious facets it is probably best choose a place of worship. Keep mind that you want a space/location that can hold a large group of people and that has the amenities for any of the features you have planned. For example, if you want a photo slideshow, choosing the beach as your location would not be ideal.  
 

Memorial Service Ideas

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Music

Music seems to be a staple at any event and this is no different at a memorial service. Many families like to play the favorite songs of their loved ones. Or families play a genre of music that is more somber or upbeat depending on what type of atmosphere you are trying to create. 

Food & Drink

You can personalize a memorial service by serving some of your loved one’s favorite dishes and beverages. 

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Showcase Your Loved One’s Hobbies & Favorite Items

Recently, we had a memorial service for a woman who had a passion for travel. We created a showcase that included her passport, luggage bag, some souvenirs she picked up, and a map marking all the places she had traveled to. You could choose any of your loved one's hobbies or passions to do this for.
 

A Photo Collection or Display

With the advancement in technonology, we see a lot of photo slideshows or some type of video tribute. However, we still do come across old-fashioned photo collages. 

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Memorial Releases

Increasingly, many memorial services conclude with some type of release – a butterfly release, dove release, or lantern release. It is quite beautiful to see these releases and they help represent a time of transition – “the family and close relatives are letting go of their loved one”. 

We're Here to Provide Advice & Guidance 

Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at (603) 883-3401 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.

 

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