A personalised memorial service, where the coffin is not present can be held at a location of your choice. Recently a memorial service for a local service was held at the beach. Mourners were able to sign his surfboard which was later presented to his parents.
- Memorial services take place after the body has been buried or cremated, so there will be no body at the service (though cremated remains may be present).
- During the service, people may say prayers, deliver eulogies, read passages from scripture or literature, or sing songs.
- Memorial services may take place soon after the death, or may take place on anniversaries of the death.
- Memorial services may be held in traditional locations, such as a religious place of worship, or in a location with personal significance, such as a park or a family home.