Why Memorials Are Growing In Popularity Over Traditional Funerals


Everyone deals with a death in their own way and it can be hard to manage all these reactions in the time before a funeral. Funerals have long been the only way in which close family and friends know how to celebrate the life of the deceased but there is a new trend that is increasingly popular. Memorials are a great way of allowing a little more time for fresh wounds to heal and for the family and close friends to prepare for the day more effectively.

What Are Memorials?

Memorials have many differences that allow for customisation to suit your particular situation but in general, they are similar to the service and ceremony that you would get at a traditional funeral. The only difference is that memorials do not have the body present. They may have the ashes of the deceased there but a body in a coffin is never present. This means that the proceedings are a little less formal, everyone feels slightly more comfortable and the options for available locations is increased dramatically. 

Where Can I Host A Memorial?

Due to the fact that a body is not present, there is no need for a lot of the preparation that is associated with a funeral. There is no hearse and no coffin and you don't need to be in close vicinity to the crematorium or cemetery. That means you can host your memorials wherever you feel appropriate. Some people use this to keep the ceremony small, in their family home. Others like to have large celebrations of life in luxurious halls. It all depends on what you feel is appropriate and because there are absolutely no restrictions due to the body you can basically do it wherever you want.

What Is Part Of A Memorial?

Memorials should have some designated formula to avoid turning into just a regular party. Often family members find it awkward to organise this themselves (which is totally understandable) and thus they bring in the services of a funeral home and their experts. Often eulogies, favourite songs, famous anecdotes and (depending on your families beliefs) religious scripts might be read aloud. Usually, there is time for reflection and then, of course, there is a large amount of food available to ease the pain. Sometimes the ashes might be disposed of during memorials but this is not necessary. Photos of your sadly departed family member or friend are often dotted around the location to keep them in your mind and that is generally the most you will see at a memorial.


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