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Updated: Apr 13

The practical issues of the lockdown which occupy us all are nothing compared to the grief of families who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. In these times when families are unable to hold funeral services to say farewell to their loved ones in a more formal way, holding a Memorial Service or Celebration of Life event can be an option to consider when the Government's lockdown restrictions are eased.

As painful as the time after a death is, there are certain rituals that people have turned to for generations for comfort and hope. One of the most valuable is the Memorial Service or Celebration of Life which gives mourners an opportunity to come together and pay their respects.

There are no hard-and-fast rules. The decision on what type of event is held is often based on the personality and request of the deceased, but not always. Some people want their friends and family to turn their passing into a celebration. Other times, it's simply a way for everyone to get together after time has passed to celebrate the deceased person's life.

Here’s a look at why this kind of gathering has such power and value.

It allows you to pay tribute to a life well lived. The memorial service is the perfect time to remember and pay tribute to your loved one’s unique life. By having a commemorative event, friends and family will have an opportunity to acknowledge the reality of the death that they may find helpful to the grieving process.

It’s a time of caring and sharing. A memorial service or Celebration of Life allows families to comfort and support each other during an extremely difficult time. By leaning on loved ones who share your sadness, you will gain strength and hope for the future.

It offers a sense of closure. It can be difficult to accept the death of a loved one however, a memorial service often provides a clear sense of closure, which can allow you to begin your grieving process. The memorial service is simply a first step on your journey to healing.

It provides support. By creating an opportunity for the community to come together in support of the family, memorial services ensure that mourners aren’t alone. They’ll be inundated with love, warm feelings, as well as fond memories of the deceased. While the pain never completely fades, a memorial service or celebration of life provide comfort, and serve as a reminder that there’s still a world outside of the loss.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate a one-of-a-kind life. This is your chance to put your loved one’s life in the spotlight and celebrate their distinctive personality. To create a truly meaningful memorial service, families can add special touches that reflect their loved one’s unique personality—from photo and memento displays and special music, readings and/or prayers.

Whatever decision you and your family make to mark the loss of a loved one, I can work with you to plan and deliver a very personal ceremony in a compassionate manner that fits perfectly with your needs and those of the deceased.



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