When a loved one dies, you might know that they want cremation services in Baltimore, MD. That makes the decision on a disposition method easy enough. But then, you have to think about what kind of memorial service they would want, if any. If you feel like they’d rather have something small and intimate, you could even have a memorial in your home. Here are some tips to help you figure out what direction to take and what you need to do to make this happen.
Count Up The Guest List
A memorial service can be whatever you want it to be, even if you have it in your home. But inviting too many guests for the amount of space you have available can quickly make things uncomfortable and overwhelming. Think about how many people you can comfortably fit into your home and make sure you have the seating prepared. You might have to move things around or bring in extra chairs to make it work. Don’t invite more people than your home can handle, even if you think some of them won’t be able to come. You don’t want to take that risk and have things too stuffed for comfort.
Prepare A Food And Drink Station
Any kind of service will feel more laid back and casual in your home. You may want to have food and drinks along with the service so people can get refreshments whenever they want during the process. Have a station in the kitchen or another area of the home that works and allow water bottles, coffee, lemonade, and other beverages to be easy to access. You can have whatever snacks you want like cookies, coffee cake, meat and cheese trays, or whatever else you’d like.
While having people over to honor your loved one is nice, to make it a true memorial, you will want something more concrete to happen so everyone can mark the day. Consider something like a time to share memories with one another, a time to watch a picture video you have prepared or a time when someone does a reading or shares a song. Have at least a little organization to the event so it feels like more than a social gathering.
Consider The Urn
Memorial services after cremation don’t have to include the urn. But you will want to think about whether or not you want the urn present. Perhaps you will want to place it on the mantel, in the room where everyone will be gathering. Maybe you want it by the door next to a nice picture of your loved one. Having the urn there is optional, but it can mean a lot to those who visit for the service.
When you are working on a cremation service in Baltimore, MD, having the memorial in your home can be very special and personalized as well as customized. The professionals at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. can help you with tips for organizing the process.