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Memorial Service Checklist

We’ve created a checklist to help you plan a unique, personalized memorial service and ensure you don’t forget a single detail.

Below is a list of things to consider when planning a memorial service.

  • Choose the type of disposition you'd like (burial, cremation, donation)
  • Choose the type of gathering, service, ceremony or memorial you'd like to have:
    • Visitation, viewing, wake or rosary
      • Do you want a private family viewing or public viewing?
    • Celebration of life service personalized to reflect the life lived
    • Traditional funeral service
      • Do you want the body present?
      • Do you want casket opened or closed?
    • Graveside service or a service at the crematory
    • Memorial service (takes place after burial or cremation)
    • Home funeral service and/or burial
    • Green or eco-friendly funeral service
    • Scattering ceremony
    • Family gathering
    • Reception or fellowship meal
  • Choose options that personalize your event:
    • What clothing will the deceased wear?
    • Location of burial and service
    • Speaker, such as clergy member or funeral celebrant
    • Pallbearers, eulogist, assistants and attendees
    • Catered or potluck meal
    • Prayers, poems or other readings
    • Songs or hymns
  • Choose the place of final rest:
    • Burial in a private ceremony, veteran ceremony or on private property
    • Scattering of cremated body at sea, in a park, on private property or in a memorial garden
  • Choose a method of payment:
    • Hamilton's accepts cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express)