A memorial service can be held days, weeks or even months after the death and is typically held at the funeral home or church. It does not usually include the presence of the deceased and is often the type of service held for those whose loved one was not recovered. It is also common for families to have a private visitation and burial or cremation, followed by a memorial service for friends and extended family. If cremation preceded the service, the urn / ashes may be present.
Usually there is an officiant or celebrant leading the service, which is more formal in nature and includes prepared readings, hymns or favourite songs. This type of service is meant to be comforting and a more solemn occasion.
As with the other types of services, a memorial service can be personalized with photos or videos, music, candlelight displays or an offering of personal belongings. It is customary for a reception to follow the service.