At Tennessee Memorials, we can create a custom monument or stonework of any kind. Monuments, signs, garden rocks, service memorials, gifts, and other various stone pieces. We keep many different colors and types of stone in stock. Because of this, we have little limitations to what we can put on them for you. Services include date cuts and on-site blasting. Also, we offer foundation repair and stone restoration. Tennessee Memorials offers many other products. Products would include bronze plaques, memorial add-ons, customization to existing stones and more. Feel free to ask us if we can be of help in any way for you and your family.
Choose the participants
Clergy will likely be involved with any service in a church, temple, synagogue, or mosque. Including the program determined by religious practice and protocol. They are often happy to officiate at a service held elsewhere too. Ideally, the clergy person should be familiar with the deceased,. They will be able choose meaningful readings or speak from the heart if asked to give a eulogy.
As an alternative to clergy, you could use a “secular celebrant,” easily found by searching online. Or you might designate a family member or friend to lead the service. Others close to the person might wish to do the readings, share personal testimonials, or act as greeters or ushers. Even young children or grandchildren could hand out flowers or programs.
Designate only one person to coordinate all details with the venue staff. Also, the officiant, musicians, etc., to avoid confusion and duplication of effort.
Finalize the date
Once you have checked the availability of the venue and participants, you can schedule the service. Remember that a long lead time may be necessary to accommodate any out-of-town guests who must make travel plans.
Invite the guests
You will want to issue invitations as soon as you have settled on the date, time and place. A public announcement in the newspaper or a Facebook posting can reach a large number of people quickly. Individual phone calls, letters and emails are more personal, and a “telephone tree” can save time. Don’t forget to check the address book or cell phone contacts of the deceased when drawing up the invitation list.