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Planning a Memorial Service

Planning a Memorial Service

Tennessee Memorials

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 your style

The service can be as informal as a picnic in a park, or as formal as a wedding, with ushers, caterers, flowers and reception line. Decide if the gathering will be small and intimate or wide open to the larger community. Consider any wishes of the deceased, and especially the preferences and finances of family members. Decide if children will be welcome and accommodated too.


Decide on a venue

You can celebrate a memorial service almost anywhere. Like a church, private home, funeral home, hotel, public meeting space, beach, or park. The possibilities are endless. You will want to choose a place both meaningful and convenient. Consider such practical matters as cost, availability, number of attendees, and accessibility.
A place of worship is an ideal place to celebrate the life of someone with ties to a religious community. The setting, prayers, music, and community support will provide solace to family and friends. If the house of worship serves a large community, you may have to reserve the space (and clergy person) months in advance. In some cases, the officiant may charge a fee or expect an honorarium, so be sure to ask.
If the deceased had no religious affiliation, you can hold a service at the funeral home that prepared the body for burial or cremation. The price for a memorial service will be listed on the funeral home’s General Price List. They will charge you for use of the staff and the facility.
Holding a service in the comfort of your own home can allow more flexibility and plenty of time for visiting, grieving, and sharing stories. You could welcome family and friends to a day-long celebration of the life of the loved one. All surrounded by his or her favorite and familiar belongings. But take into account the size of your house, its accessibility, availability of parking, and other practical matters.

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