There are a number of reasons for having a Memorial Service for your loved one, they lived abroad so some friends and family could not attend the funeral to pay their respects, the funeral did not meet your needs or expectations, or you simply want to say ‘goodbye’ to your loved one in a more private environment.
A memorial service has no formal structure, it can be held at any time and in a venue of your choosing, for instance, their favourite place, a park, a beach, some woodlands or your local village hall. Generally, the memorial service should provide comfort and support for friends and family and should be an occasion for celebration and healing.
Jon will work with you to ensure it is a unique ceremony and that it truly reflects the life of your loved and captures who they were. You could select a central theme, be that based on their favourite sports teams, hobbies, military or charitable service, occupations, religion, or other interests. You might choose to invite family members and friends invited to participate by writing a poem, performing a song, painting a picture or reading some favourite prose.
Throughout the service there could be favourite pieces of music being played in the background or put to a video montage of photographs, this can be very powerful and be inclusive for all those attending, particularly if prior to the service they were asked to provide copies of their own personal photographs to be used.
You can ask that everyone tries to bring a photo and it is pinned to a memory board, or you provide a memory book for them to write their own heartfelt messages or have a memory table where photographs, pictures of pets, awards for work, sports awards, favourite books, poems and personal mementoes can be placed. Afterwards, they can be put into a memory box for the family to cherish forever and perhaps open and reflect upon on significant anniversaries. Other ideas for the conclusion of the service would be releasing balloons, planting a tree, handing out some seeds or the guests can record condolence messages on stones and place them in a bowl for the family to take home following the service.
Ultimately, Jon will sit with you, listen to you and create the Memorial Service you want, where you want it and when you want it… the choice is yours… it will be Your Bespoke Ceremony.
“Death has nothing to do with going away, the sun sets, the moon sets, but they are not gone” - Rumi
What happens next?
- Contact him as below.
- Initial Face to Face meeting to discover their life story.
- Gives you access to a multitude of poems, readings and music.
- Produces a professionally crafted Order of Service.
- Creates a Eulogy that you will cherish.
- The ceremony will be individually written and be a fitting tribute to your loved one.
- Provides regular reviews and revisions.
- Regular email, telephone or Skype/Facetime support.
- Allows editing as long as time allows.
- Ensures a professional delivery of the ceremony.
- Provides support for family and friends who wish to contribute during the service.
- Shares with you your own personal copy of the ceremony.
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to give Jon a call.
Kind Words About Eternal Ceremonies
"Hi Jon, on taking the family to their venue after the service, they had nothing but praise for the way it was conducted. Not only were they pleased with the content but also the delivery. I thought you made a sad occasion, a celebration of life and seemed to capture the essence of T."."Before your email came through I was telling the other arrangers how good you were, no doubt you will be hearing from us in the future."
J (Funeral Director) - Long Eaton
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