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Memorial Services

Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved Ones.

Memorial Services

Even after the funeral is over, it’s important to continue to honor your loved one’s life. That’s why our funeral home offers memorial services.

What is a Memorial Service?

Memorial services give family and friends an opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one’s memory and support one another in their grief journeys. Because after the funeral, one’s journey through grief isn’t over.

 

A memorial service is similar to a funeral service and celebration of life ceremony but serves a slightly different purpose. It doesn’t include a visitation and is held after the funeral, often on significant days such as:

  • A loved one’s birthday 
  • The anniversary of a loved one’s passing 
  • Holidays such as Valentine’s Day

You can hold your memorial service in a funeral home, church, or significant location such as their gravesite, memorial location, or one of their favorite places. 

You can use the memorial service as a time to share more memories of your loved one and to gather with friends and family. Use it as a time to reflect on your loss and to connect with those you love. 

 

Just because you already had a funeral or celebration of life service, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to gather to honor their life. Memorial services can be held at any point in your grief journey and often take place well after the deceased is buried or cremated.

 

Memorial Gatherings

What is a Memorial Service or Memorial Funeral?

A Memorial Service or Memorial Funeral is a time to come together to honor the life and memory of a love one. A Memorial Service is a service without the body present, while a Funeral Service is with the body present.

 

They can be religious or non-religious; Sometimes we call them Memorial Gatherings (since "Service" can have a religious connotation associated with it), where people to come together to talk about the deceased or share stories.This can be informal, or follow a formal program. Whatever your desire, we can customize it to be relevant to the deceased.

 

We have people come in and select a direct cremation or direct burial because the deceased, during their life, said they wanted no funeral. However, a Memorial Gathering is not a funeral service. Not only can we customize it to your satisfaction, but a Memorial Gathering provides a step forward in helping with the mourning process. By coming together, family and friends have the opportunity  to recall good times and memories  as well as provide support and comfort to one another.

 

Memorial Service Ideas

Some creative ways to personalize a memorial service are: 

  • Having family and friends share memories with their loved one. Guests could have the chance to share their stories in front of everyone, or you could all break off into smaller groups and go around sharing your memories with your loved one.  
  • Choosing readings, prayers, and other materials that remind you of your loved one. 
  • Serving your loved one’s favorite food or signature recipes. A potluck is a great way for everyone to be involved.
  • Making a DIY memento together, such as a scrapbook or personalized photo frame. 
  • Playing your loved one’s favorite music or music that reminds you of them. Perhaps they enjoyed a local musician who you could hire to play a few songs.

 

Want to Learn More About Memorial Services?

Your loved one’s life can be honored at any point in your grief journey. Our staff at Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home and Cremation Service can help your family plan a beautiful memorial service to pay tribute to your loved one.   

 

Visit our funeral home or contact us to discuss memorial service ideas.

 

 

Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (973) 743-6969 | Fax: (973) 748-5398
44 Bay Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003


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