Planning a virtual memorial service: Tips and ideas

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Bernard Kiplagat

February 15th, 2023 2 mins Reading Time

The first step in organizing a virtual memorial service is deciding on a platform. Many video conferencing tools, such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype, allow multiple people to participate in a call.

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Planning a memorial service is a way to honor and remember a deceased loved one. As a result of the pandemic, many people have turned to virtual memorial services to gather and remember their loved ones while maintaining social distance.

However, organizing a virtual memorial service can be difficult. In this article, we'll go over some pointers and ideas for organizing a meaningful and memorable virtual memorial service.

  1. Choose a Platform: The first step in organizing a virtual memorial service is deciding on a platform. Many video conferencing tools, such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype, allow multiple people to participate in a call. Choose the platform with which you are most comfortable and test it out beforehand.
  2. Send Invitations: Send out invitations to the virtual memorial service once you've decided on a platform. Include the date, time, and video conferencing call link. Make sure to give people enough time to plan to attend the service and to request RSVPs so you know how many people will be there.
  3. Create a Memorial Program: Create a memorial program for the virtual service in the same way that you would for a traditional memorial service. This can include a schedule of events, information about the deceased, and any readings or musical performances that will be part of the service.
  4. Prepare a Slideshow: A slideshow of photos and videos is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one. Collect photos and videos from family and friends and compile them into a slideshow to be shown during the virtual memorial service.
  5. Plan a Eulogy: A eulogy can be delivered during the virtual service, just as it would at a traditional memorial service. Choose someone who is at ease speaking in front of a group to deliver the eulogy, and give them plenty of time to prepare.
  6. Consider Live Streaming the Service: If you are unable to attend the virtual service, consider live streaming it on a platform such as Facebook or YouTube. This will allow those who are unable to attend to participate in the service and remember their loved one.
  7. Plan a Reception: Plan a virtual reception following the virtual memorial service where attendees can gather and share memories of the loved one. This is possible by utilizing the same video conferencing platform as the service.

In conclusion, planning a virtual memorial service can be a meaningful way to honor and remember a loved one during these difficult times.

You can create a meaningful and memorable virtual memorial service that brings comfort and solace to those who are grieving by selecting the right platform, sending out invitations, creating a memorial program, preparing a slideshow and eulogy, considering live streaming the service, and planning a virtual reception.

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