A memorial service is a gathering where the casket is not present. There are many reasons for holding a memorial service and if your loved one died in Mallorca, you may wish to hold a memorial service at a later date or in another country. I can prepare the ceremony and officiate too and if the ceremony is to take place elsewhere, you may wish me to prepare the ceremony and choose a family member to officiate.
Please note, I am always willing to travel if your budget permits.
Eulogy – preparation only
The definition of a eulogy is “speech or writing in praise of a person, especially one who recently died or retired”. There are many reasons for praising our loved ones and whilst we may know them best of all, writing about them can be a challenge, especially to condense the story of their life into a eulogy.
I am able to prepare and write the eulogy of your loved one after meeting you in person or by Skype to find out as much as I can to put together their life story for you to share in your own way.
Funeral Preparation and Delivery
A funeral is a ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death and usually includes the person’s burial or cremation. Although for many a funeral can be viewed as a time of great sadness and loss, I believe that a good funeral can prepare the family for the process of grieving which is so necessary to be able to continue with one’s life in a positive and effective manner.
Here in Mallorca, funerals often take place immediately following death, normally a day or two later. If family needs to come from outside of Spain, one can request burial or cremation to be held on the last day, normally up to 7 days after death*.
I will meet with the main family members as soon as is possible and spend as much time with them to discover all I can about your loved one. I will also explain some of what you can expect on the day of the funeral. If the deceased was foreign yet integrated into local life, I will incorporate Spanish language into the ceremony to accommodate island friends too.
Upon preparing the ceremony, it will be sent to you for approval prior to the funeral. I will encourage you to choose appropriate music as well as any readings to be included. Religious passages or prayers are encouraged where they can reflect the beliefs of a loved one and the same of poetry, essays or even lyrics of favourite songs. The ceremony script will be given to the family after the service in a personalised booklet.
On the day of the funeral, I will arrive at the cemetery or crematorium at least 30 minutes before the service is due to start. I will consult with the funeral director beforehand and make sure that the requested music will be available amongst other final details. I will then greet you and the other mourners and show them to their seats and after the service, I will be available until you leave.
*(Please note that this has to be requested at the time of certifying the death and may add to the final cost)