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How to Design an Outdoor Service

Published: July 8, 2020

When deciding on how to best celebrate the life of someone who has passed away, there are a lot of things to consider. If the person loved the outdoors, then holding a memorial service outside may be the best way to say goodbye to them.

Graveside Service

One way to hold an outdoor service is through a graveside service, either after the body has been placed in the ground or before. A person could lead the service or family could gather to share thoughts and memories. This is a great time to place flowers, share poems and memories.

Beach Memorial

A beach memorial can be a perfect way to celebrate the life of a coastal resident. There are many ways to celebrate a life through a beach memorial from scattering memorial petals to flying kites themed around the loved ones life. At the memorial, people can write messages to the departed individuals in the sand as a last goodbye and tribute.

Candle Lighting Service

At a candlelight service, it is common to have one person in charge of the ceremony and one main candle that is lit. Everyone who would like to participate in the ceremony would then light their candle from the main candle and share a memory.

Ash Releasing Ceremony

There are many places an ash releasing ceremony can take place, from on a boat out at sea to in a garden or forest. When performing an ash releasing ceremony, setting is the most important consideration. If on a boat three miles out, wind is an important consideration, whereas in a garden planning on planting a biodegradable urn rain, would be an important factor.

Letter Reading

As a twist on a time of sharing, a letter reading can be held anywhere at any time, even on the anniversary of a person’s passing. These letters can range from a collection of memories to a final goodbye penned to the person who passed. If done at a graveside, these letters could be placed with the person who passed.


Whether lighting a candle, reading a poem or flying a kite, we hope that these memorial ideas help to celebrate the life of a treasured person.

From our family to yours,


Bateman Funeral Home

 
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