Memorial Service

A ceremony to honor someone who has died.

Typically, this is a service that:

  • Occurs after the body has been buried or cremated
  • Memorializes the deceased, but the body is not present
  • Can be guided by religious customs, but tends to be more secular
  • Can take place anywhere, or anywhere of personal significance of the deceased or surviving family
  • Held a later date after the death
This is in contrast to a Funeral Service, which typically:
  • Takes place before burial or cremation
  • Occurs with the body present
  • Guided by religious / cultural traditions
  • Occurs shortly after the death
  • Takes place at a Funeral Home, religious institution, or Cemetery