Ritual to have at a memorial service?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Would the wish lanterns fly away into the sky, or float down the river? If they floated down the river, the fire risk would diminish, you’d just have to find some biodegradable, floaty lanterns.

Another idea could be wish balloons in your mom’s favorite colors. Wouldn’t have to worry about fire that way.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I’m sorry to hear about your loss, you have my condolences.

Typically a memorial service would have some mix of songs/music, readings, eulogy/sermon/reflection, and possibly prayers (depending on the deceased’s religious tradition or lack thereof). Many of them follow something like the following organization:

– Opening song or hymn, followed by a welcome and possibly an opening prayer.

– Reading(s)

– Eulogy/reflection/sermon

– Possibly an opportunity for attendees to share favorite memories of the deceased?

– Closing rites (for example, a prayer followed by a song, etc.)

There is lots of flexibility, of course, to tailor this to the person and their/your preferences. If music was important to them or an important part of their faith tradition, you can easily include more songs. (For example, many Christian services include a sung Psalm with the readings.) If you want to incorporate something like releasing lanterns, doves, etc., that can be worked in as well.

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