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5 Ways Family and Friends Can Make a Funeral Special

Published: June 28, 2021

Planning for a funeral or a memorial service? This final service is a memorable moment where loved ones can express their final sentiments. So if you’re looking for some ways you can make the memorial service extra special, here are some roles that the family and friends of the deceased can take on to personalize the entire arrangement.

1. Serving as a pallbearer

It is the pallbearers’ duty to carry the casket and lay it in its final place of rest, a responsibility that is usually given to the family or closest friends of the deceased. If the family of the deceased is unable to provide pallbearers, then you can ask the funeral director to provide the necessary assistance.

2. Offering a eulogy, tribute, or other speech

Another way that family members and close friends can make the memorial service special is by giving a eulogy or a tribute for the deceased. While those who have been particularly close to the deceased can give an exceptional eulogy, the experience can also be emotionally overwhelming. So, if family or friends don’t feel comfortable enough giving the speech, the clergy often gives the eulogies.

3. Reading a poem, prayer, or literary selection

Another way to make a memorial service special is by asking a family member or a friend to read a literary piece in honor of the deceased. Such funeral readings can also comfort those who mourn or evoke particular memories of the individual who passed. Most memorial services have two or three readings, although there is no hard and fast rule as to the number of readings that should be made for the service.

4. Singing a song or playing a piece of music

Ask the family members and closest friends of the deceased if there was a particular music piece or song that the deceased loved before he or she passed. Is there a song that brings back memories of the individual? Arranging for that song or music piece to be played during the memorial service can help make the funeral more meaningful and personal.

5. Hosting a post-service reception

You can arrange for family members and close friends to gather at a reception and celebrate the life of the deceased after the funeral. This will not only open the opportunity for friends to express their sympathy and condolences, but it also provides the bereaved with the chance to support each other as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

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At Roupp Funeral Home, we make it our mission to support you through this difficult time. If you wish to know how we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 1-570-966-2402. Our staff will be more than happy to be of service.

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