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Outdoor Location Ideas for Your Loved One’s Memorial Service

Published: March 14, 2022
by Welch Funeral Home
cremation services in Longview, TX

There is something so special about the outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine truly have the power to heal the soul. What better place to have a memorial service for your loved one after their cremation services in Longview, TX. than surrounded by the beauty of nature? Whether it’s in the mountains or by a lake, nature can provide a beautiful backdrop for any service. Let’s talk about some great options for your event.

State or National Park

If you are lucky enough to have a state or national park nearby, this is a wonderful option. Most parks are going to have beautiful scenery and a perfect spot to hold a service. If there is an overlook, you could consider having it there and to make it even more magical, time the service so that guests can experience the sunset.

Local or City Park

If a state or national park is just too far away, consider a local or city park. With these parks being more centrally located, they can be more easily accessible for all the guests to attend. Also, most parks will have pavilions and other areas you can use for free or a small fee.

Hiking Trail

Did you loved one have a favorite hiking trail? If so, you could hold the service there. You and your guests could hike the trail together and hold the service at the end. Or you could hold the service first at the base of the trail and then those guests who would like could hike the trail together afterwards.

On a Boat

If your loved one adored the water, consider holding the event on a boat. This is a unique idea and can be done on a lake, river, or the ocean. One consideration here is that boats will have a limit on how many people they can hold, so make sure the guest count coincides with this.

Public Garden

Public gardens are beautiful spaces to hold a memorial service. Being surrounded by a colorful landscape of manicured plants and flowers is a lovely setting that guests will enjoy. Another advantage of public gardens is that they normally have plenty of space to hold a large gathering.

At a Campground

This option may not be for everyone, but a short camping trip can be a really neat way to have an extended event. It could be just an overnight trip or the whole weekend. During this time you could hold a more structured service at a set time during the trip so that those who want to attend but leave afterwards have that option.

For those who stay, you can hike your loved one’s favorite trails during the day and make smores around the campfire at night while sharing favorite memories and stories of your loved one.

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Considerations

When holding a service at any outdoor location, depending on the size of the service, you may need a permit. Make sure to check with local offices or rangers to see what, if anything, is required. Also take into account things you may need such as chairs, a speaker, food, etc.

Having a memorial service outdoors after your loved one’s cremation services in Longview, TX. can be such a healing event. The service itself will serve as a way to accept and acknowledge the loss and begin working through it, and the backdrop of nature will make it that much more beautiful and peaceful for you and your guests.

 
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