Memorials are a complex time sometimes evoking feelings of joy as we celebrate lives well lived, but also grief at the loss of people we have loved.

Services to honor loved ones who have passed on are often very personal occasions. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, these services are developed by the family of the deceased and the presiding minister to specially honor the memory of that individual. The service might include the following elements:

  • A eulogy

  • Poems and other readings

  • Prayer or meditation

  • A time to remember the deceased with stories and memories

  • Hymn singing or other music

  • A time for personal reflection

*Taken from UUA