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Planning a Memorial Service

Planning a memorial service are difficult times. Remember each who has passed was a mother, daughter, wife, father, son, husband, sister, brother, relative, partner, friend, coworker, or acquaintance to someone who may be in attendance to pay their last respects.

Frame the event as a celebration of this person’s life. Share old photo’s, awards, career achievements, love of hobbies and interests plus anything that will help us honor these individuals.

Locations to gather post service may be the funeral home, church hall, a rented facility, a loved one’s home, parks, travel hotels, and a host of other facilities.

Be mindful to plan food and beverages according to the time of day. Many of these types of events are held earlier in the day so consider menus that revolve around luncheons, snacks, brunch, appetizer and sweet style foods. When planning, consider the fact you as the planner can only use their best estimates as to how many may be in attendance. Utilize food items that will offer latitude to accept extra guests should you have that demand. Offer a variety of beverages including alcohol when appropriate. Consider the ages of the attendees (from young to old in most instances).  Providing choices that allow something for everyone is best.

Here are some thoughts regarding timing and coordination:
If the family chooses to go graveside after the event, you may not capture all the attendees who have come to pay their last respects. A neighbor or family friend may be asked to unlock a facility or home as so your vendors may be prepared for early arrival of some guests. Many times I have seen 20% or greater of the guests not participate in receptions based on work schedules or other commitments.

Other suggestions to make an affair to remember include: memory note trees, multimedia presentations, slide shows, honoring by inclusion of favorite foods or recipes,  and inclusion of  children and speakers.

DeAngelos’s  Catering and Events offers venue referral and booking services,
audio visual services, food beverage, floral and staffing resources. Please
call our sales office @ 503-620-9020 to talk with our sales professionals.

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