I have experience in helping to plan and officiate at memorial services, also called celebrations of life by some. As a chaplain, I meet with the loved ones, helping them through this difficult time. Together, we talk about what the deceased person had asked for in terms of services after death. If I don’t know the deceased, I ask the family to share memories and stories with me.
We may meet once or more often as needed to put together the service, including speakers who will share stories or readings, my words, family pictures or slide show, and time for others to share memories.
Each family has its own ideas about what the service should contain, and I am open to all. I have samples and ideas to share as well, if the family is not sure. Poems, readings, Scripture = I have examples and resources to share.
Memorial services are held in churches, parks, at graveside, in backyards and at home. The decision is up to the family.
Thank you for allowing me to help you plan the service and support you during this sensitive time.
Rev. Maureen McElligott