A few additional considerations:
Elements of the Service:
From the flowers to music, the funeral service should reflect your loved one—and their ongoing spirit. Take some time to consider what you would like included and discuss it with your family and friends.
If you’d like to include religious elements at your funeral or memorial service, it’s best to discuss them with your priest, pastor, or minister, in advance. You may want to select hymnals, scripture readings, prayers, or even the style of the sermon. Most funeral and memorial services include religious components—both in celebration of the deceased’s life and in comfort to grieving loved ones.
Plan the location of the feast or reception in advance. Be sure to estimate the number of guests to ensure that you will have enough tables and chairs. You may choose to have the feast at the local community centre, church, or local banquet hall. You could also have a down-to-earth gathering at a park or a barbecue at someone’s house.
The feast is an opportunity for your family and friends to express their grief as they celebrate the deceased’s life and all of the beautiful moments they shared. Cooking for a feast can be a massive task; ask as many friends and family members to help as possible and keep a running list of who is bringing what, including beverages, plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery.