How To Include the Participation of Family and Friends In the Funeral or Memorial Service

A funeral or memorial service is a time to remember and honor the life of the person who died, and as such it should reflect what the person may have wanted or how you choose to remember him or her.

Participation of friends or family members

As you plan the funeral or memorial service, keep in mind the people you would like to participate in the service and what you would like their roles to be.

Common ways for people to participate include:

Special features of the service

Keep in mind if there are any special touches you’d like to bring to the funeral or memorial service, such as music, flowers, a photo slideshow, or a video tribute.

Religious considerations

If you will be following any religious or cultural traditions, many aspects of the funeral or memorial service may already be prescribed. Consult your local clergy or view our article Religious Funeral Traditions.

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