A memorial service is very distinct from a funeral service as there is no body present and, therefore, no burial or cremation. Having a memorial service or celebration of life ceremony that is separate from a cremation or burial opens up a wealth of wonderful possibilities when you want to say a more personal goodbye.
Memorial services allow for a great deal of flexibility as they can be held in a variety of venues and they are not bound by time constraints. A memorial can happen at any point after the death of a loved one but, typically, they are held some weeks after a private, family funeral.
Whether you decide on a funeral or a memorial service, it’s important to remember the role that memorialisation plays in the grieving process. Spending time thinking about the type of service that would best encapsulate the spirit of your loved one is key and something that I can support with.
As with all of my ceremonies, a memorial ceremony is completely bespoke. There are no rules about how formal or relaxed it should be; the ceremony is guided by the character and story of the person who has died. It might include several tributes and readings, a slideshow of photos and an exhibition of mementos or achievements. I can offer many suggestions for different styles of memorials and celebrations of life and I’m always happy to create something new and different
Scattering of Ashes
A scattering of ashes ceremony is often a very intimate affair.
During this ceremony, the ashes of your loved one will be scattered in a way and in a place that is meaningful to you and your family. I can guide and support you in considering what sort of elements you would like to include. It would be an honour to support you in crafting the words and sentiments to accompany the scattering of your loved ones ashes.