Have you ever wondered about memorial services after cremation? The passing of a loved one is difficult and emotional for anyone, but heightened without a traditional service and burial. A Jewish memorial service and graveside burial is a time for friends and family to say goodbye, remember the life of the person who passed, and to grieve. It is, however, still possible to gather and mourn when a different end-of-life option is chosen.
Planning a Memorial Service After Cremation
Despite Jewish tradition, many individuals are choosing cremation instead of the traditional burial. So, it is becoming more commonplace to ask what can be done to remember the deceased when cremated. Whether a loved one chooses a traditional burial or cremation, having a beautiful service for a proper goodbye is most important.
The cremation usually takes place a day or two following the death, and the service can be held any time after that. The service will then allow family, friends, and community to gather and share in honoring the memory of the person they have lost. In some cases, if the deceased engaged in funeral pre-preplanning, they may have also provided direction with their service preference. Although, not everyone makes all of their intentions known.
If needed, here are some tips to help create a service that appropriately honors the life and legacy of the person who has passed away and chosen cremation:
- Hold a service within a memorial chapel
- Gather together at a restaurant
- Hold a luncheon at a residence
- Serve some of the decedent’s favorite foods
- Display pictures of the decedent and share memories
- Play some of the decedent’s favorite tunes as background music
- If the plan is to scatter the ashes, hold the ceremony at the time/location of scattering
No matter where the service occurs, you can do the following:
- Remember your loved one through readings and prayer
- Have one or two people deliver meaningful eulogies
- Incorporate live streaming for those who cannot be physically present
We are Here to Help with Questions About Cremation Services
Star of David Memorial Chapels on Long Island, New York, can provide guidance, information, and resources to those making arrangements during this difficult time. Our funeral directors understand and abide by all facets of Jewish tradition and customs. Please get in touch with us at 631-454-9600.