A Memorial Service, also called a Celebration of Life, is a ceremony for memorializing someone who has died that takes place after the body has been buried or cremated. Memorial services can take place any time after the death, from a week to a year. Memorial services may be held in any location. Many people choose locations with personal significance, such as a favorite beach, park, or family home, or locations that can accommodate a large group, such as a religious place of worship, a favorite restaurant, a banquet hall, or other event space.
There is no formal structure to a memorial service. As with a traditional funeral, people may participate in the memorial service in many different ways, including delivering readings or prayers, singing songs or playing musical instruments, or sharing a memory of the person who died.