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.
After the memorial service, it is common to have a reception, which can be held at a funeral home, religious place of worship, a family home, or another location that can accommodate all those who attended the service.
Memorial services may be held at any time that is convenient or significant to you. Many people hold memorial services in the weeks following the death, and also hold memorial services on the first anniversary of the death, or every year.