FBC Memorial Service Guidelines

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for bereaved family members to request a memorial service at the Church rather than a funeral service at the funeral home.

A memorial service should serve as a celebration of the person's life and faith. It should be dignified and respectful without being depressing and morbid. Along with mourning, there should be room for expressions of joy, appreciation and even laughter.

The following elements are the basic components of a Memorial Service:

Worship

Much loved hymns include:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Blessed Assurance
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • He Lives
  • Fairest Lord Jesus
  • How Great Thou Art

Usually, two to three hymns are selected.

Scripture Reading

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Psalm 23:1-6
  • Philippians 3:20-21
  • John 14:1-3
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, 57
  • Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 10-12
  • Romans 8:34-35, 37-39

Typically, 2-3 passages are selected and may be read by family and/or friends.

Message

One of the Pastors from the host Church will share a brief sermon that provides comfort, hope, clarity and encouragement to those who are bereaved

Eulogy

A eulogy is a succinct tribute recognizing the departed - ideally given by a family member or close friend. No more than three individuals should share - the remarks should be dignified, well thought out, coordinated and honoring to the departed and the setting.

Prayer

Prayers of invocation and benediction can be led by the Pastor or if the bereaved desire, a family member or friend

Committal

The committal is typically held at the cemetery, but if the participants are elderly or the weather is inclement, it is often advisable to have this at the Church.

Length of Memorial Service

A good guideline is 45 to 60 minutes. If it goes any longer than this, it is difficult and tiring to those individuals already exhausted by the grieving process.