Memorial

A memorial service is a ceremony where family, friends and community come together to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one. The only difference between a memorial service and a funeral is that at a memorial service the body of the deceased is not present, however, cremated remains may be present.

A memorial service can take place right away or held weeks, or even months, later. There is also flexibility when it comes to location. A memorial service can be held at a church, funeral home, or a location that was special to the deceased, like a park or beach.

Families choose a memorial service for many reasons but most often we hear it’s because of the flexibility it allows when scheduling services. For some, they may need more time to grieve. For others, they need extra time to bring family and friends together who may need to travel to attend services. Another reason families choose to have a memorial service is it allows for a more informal or non-denominational service.

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Testimonials

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank the Hathaway team, specifically Alex Gross, for coordinating the funeral of our father and husband, George J. Padrenoss this past April. Alex did an outstanding job, keeping in touch with our family from the days prior to Dad's passing, arranging the transport of his body from Florida back to Massachusetts, and the days following his funeral. Our mother, particularly, still talks about how smoothly everything went thanks to Alex. The video which was put together was amazing; and I apologize, I have forgotten the name of the woman who put it together, but thank you, it was perfect. When Dad was in the dying process, we kept telling him to put his waders on, and go fishing. She brought it all together in the video perfectly. Thank you for giving us some smiles during a difficult time.

Susan M. Melton
05/04/2021

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