Memorial Services may be held at any time that is convenient or significant to you. Many people hold memorial services in the weeks following the death, but might also hold memorial services on the anniversary of the death of their loved one.
There are also times when the funeral service for a loved one itself is not appropriate for a larger crowd. Or perhaps there are too many people wishing to attend that the family and immediate relatives do not feel comfortable having.
If the deceased was a highly regarded member of their community, or social group – perhaps they played for a local sports team, or were a local public figure – the number of attendees at a funeral can sometimes become overwhelming. Similarly, if they were a young person at school, college or university. In each case, many people beyond the immediate family can be deeply affected and mourn the loss of such a remarkable and well-loved individual.
A Memorial Ceremony provides an opportunity for the family to make the actual funeral private, but still offer a dignified chance for those significant ‘others’ to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes.
The Memorial Ceremony is different to the funeral. This ceremony will focus much more on the day-to-day life of the deceased and the range of people who might have been connected with their activities. The decisions around delivery of a Memorial Ceremony are entirely yours: who will be involved and in what capacity is entirely up to you.
This is a real chance for people closely connected to deliver readings, tell their stories and memories, sing and share. Most importantly, this is about a community representing the multiple facets that made the person they are celebrating uniquely “them”.
Memorial services may be held in any location. Many people choose locations with personal significance, such as a favourite beach, park, or family home, or locations that can accommodate a large group, such as a religious place of worship, a favourite restaurant, a banquet hall, or other event space.
For Life’s Journey and Tuirenn Hurstfield will make sure the memorial ceremony is just right for the person who has passed away and their circumstances. Their story will be told in precisely the way you want their story to be told.
As the Independent Celebrant, Tuirenn can write the Memorial Ceremony and engage with others for contributions. On the day, he will lead the ceremony in a sensitive and professional manner.
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Most of our ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs