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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Memorial Service

Published: July 11, 2022

Families have many ways to honor and remember their loved ones after their cremation services in Longview, TX. One popular way is to hold a memorial service. With these events being able to be held just about anywhere, many families choose to hold the services outdoors as this can be a beautiful and very healing setting. If you are considering an outdoor service, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan.

Mood of the Service

The first thing you need to decide is the overall mood and tone of the service as this will play a big role in all of the other details. Ask yourself questions like what type of mood are you wanting? Would you like a quiet, somber service or a joyous, more celebratory service? Will it be a formal affair or more casual?


There are several options when it comes to where the service can be held. Some ideas include:

  • At a local city park
  • In someone's backyard
  • On a boat
  • At a campground
  • In a national park
  • At a lake or beach
  • At an outdoor restaurant
  • A community pavilion
  • In a public garden
  • In a sports stadium
  • At a golf course / country club

When deciding on the location, think about the mood and tone you are wanting and make sure the location supports this. For example, if you want a quiet, somber service, a campsite might not be a good idea since you may have noisy neighbors.

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Make Sure You Have the Essentials

There are things you will need no matter what the location to ensure the guests are comfortable. Things like water, seating, and access to a restroom should all be provided. Other things could include weather-related items such as umbrellas if rain is forecasted or a tent for shade.

Don’t Forget the Extras

Other than items for guests’ comfort, you will need items for the service itself. These items could include things like a microphone, sound system, memorial programs, memorial favors, flowers or other decorations, items and a table for a memorial display, and more.

Enlist Help

Planning an event like this alone is not easy under the best circumstances, but while you are grieving the loss of a loved one, it can be near impossible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Enlist friends and other family members to help and be in charge of certain aspects. This will not only take some of the stress off of you, but it will also be less likely something will get overlooked since there are more people to double-check everything.

Final Thoughts

Holding an outdoor memorial service for your loved one after their cremation services in Longview, TX can be a wonderful and healing setting. With such a wide variety of options to hold the service, you can make a truly special and meaningful service. Although planning such an event can feel overwhelming, just keep these things in mind when planning, and don’t be afraid to enlist help. By doing these things, you will be able to create a beautiful tribute for your loved one.

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