Best Practice – Photography Take 2

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Best Practices, For Cemetery Officials, For Genealogists

Photography at a cemetery has been discussed – however, ever think about what to include at a cremation memorial ceremony?

The days of big funerals are changing a little bit in places.  Some of the things that has been recommended to do can not be done fully at a memorial service.

Recently, this blogger, has had to deal with a cremation memorial service for her Mom.  This was impersonal, underwhelming and totally ignorable in my opinion.  Outside of visiting with people and eating cookies – it was leaving me feeling – so when is the funeral.

To avoid these issues I have a list of Best Practice helps to avoid them.

  1. Let the funeral home know how religious the crowd really is – this is a big issue.  Make sure you see the ceremony booklet before finishing your plan making.
  2. Ask about photos to be displayed.  And how not to display them.
  3. Help select the best of memories and the times everyone had.
  4. Enable the crowd at the funeral home to grieve along with you instead of just holding your hand.
  5. Allow the clergy member present to say a few words before having a prayer service as planned.  Especially if the clergy was a friend to the deceased.

If the urn is in the room – make sure a picture of the deceased is next to it.  You don’t want people to forget who this person is – even in cremain form.  (cremains are ashes)

Photos – the real reason for a take 2

Photos at the ceremony should be done with express permission of the family of the deceased.  Anyone you take a picture of – should give consent before it is taken.

Coming Soon – More posts!


  1. Sue McCormick says:

    I am glad you pointed me to these two blogs tonight. My daughter is facing the death of her husband and I need to be able to support her. (He has battled cancer for more than 2 years; the body won’t tolerate any more chemo. He is approaching hospice care. And (of course) no one knows how long the process will be.

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