For some people, it’s very important to hold a Memorial Service or a Funeral; it makes them feel better. Other people see little value in it.
Like most major decisions, it’s probably a good idea to think about it, talk about it with other family members and close friends. Consider what Murray wanted. But consider what you want too. It’s may be hard, but try to imagine how you’ll feel years down the road. Will you be happy you did it, or happy you didn’t?
Most people are not choosing a fancy expensive funeral these days. A “Celebration of Life” is becoming the norm, and many people are organizing their own in the back yard or at the lake — the funeral home doesn’t attend. If you are thinking of doing this, pick up “Drake’s Guide to the Last Good-Bye….How to Hold a Celebration of Life.” It has lots of tips, it’s only 8 pages long, and it’s yours at no charge!