Some ideas for a memorial service include a decor of flowers, engraved photo cremation urns and customized memorial candles. Unique decor can include a table of collectibles near the entrance or a use of theme that reflects the person's heritage, religion, hobbies, military or other interests.
Ideas to incorporate during the service are showing a slide show of photos of all stages of the person's life and using inspirational or encouraging quotes to express grief, hope and love. The quote can be a favorite poem, Bible verse or song lyric of the deceased. A favorite song can also add an emotional touch to the service. Music can be incorporated in transitions, moments of reflection or during the viewing.
Some ways to end a memorial service are releasing doves, butterflies or balloons. The doves create a symbolic and tactile way to physically enact letting go as a part of the grieving process. Butterflies are another option for release, and this can be done while a poem, prayer or song is being shared. Guests can mingle among the butterflies before going into the reception.
When using balloons, by adding cards or bits of construction paper to be attached to the balloon, guests can write personalized messages to let go with the balloons. The notes can be treasured memories or statements of love or grief.