There are a variety of services that can be planned, most of which depends on the religious faith of the departed and the family.
Different faiths conduct different types of services so it’s a good idea to speak with the church clergy, whether it be a priest, minister, rabbi or other. They will assist you with planning the order of the services.
If you’re not planning a religious service, there are still a variety of funeral templates you can use to prepare the service. Basically, the service will follow something like this.
- Greeting by the minister or presenter. This will include an opening message and on behalf of the family, thanking those who have attended to pay their respects. This presentation may also include scripture readings or a secular recounting of events in the loved one’s life but not necessarily from a religious aspect.
- Offers of remembrance from guests. Time is usually allowed for friends, associates, coworkers, neighbors, anyone in attendance, to present a story or special moment that was shared with the deceased. Some presenters also express their heartfelt condolences to the family personally at this time.
- Special Music. Musical interludes can be presented after the initial greeting and before the other guests make their presentations. They can follow special readings and they can also be played just before the minister or presenter makes his closing presentation.
- Closing presentation. In the case of a traditional funeral and burial, the closing presentation often includes information about the interment and an open invitation by the family to attend a reception following interment.