Since my parents and now my father-in-laws death; I have been thinking how to celebrate the Memorial on the anniversary of their death.
Below are a few suggestions.
With family and friends gathered together, a memorial service provides the perfect opportunity to share memories of your loved one's life. At some memorial services, guests may wish to share personal stories and memories in a warm group conversation. A memory book, in which each guest writes their own note to the deceased or a special memory, helps collect highlights from the person's life. Writing a note to the loved one, tying it to a balloon, and letting it go can be a sweet way to send them a message, especially at a memorial service with children.
Family and friends at the memorial service may find that reading something helps them express their feelings. Reading a personally written letter or note can help release feelings and thoughts about the loved one, as well as their passing. Reading's don't have to be written personally: often finding a biblical scripture, prayer, or poem is just as effective at conveying a message of love and loss. For a unique take, attendees can look for a children's book that expresses how they feel.
Music is a way to bring people together and express emotion, two things that play a pivotal role in memorial services. Attendees can listen to recorded songs on CDs that were favorites of the deceased or are fitting tributes. Musicians or those who feel compelled to make the ceremony more personal can even perform their own music. An interactive group may choose to sing together.
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