Memorial Services

Here is the checklist to prepare for Memorial Services.
  • Opportunity to celebrate life

  • Venue, Date, Time and Guest List

  • Have a master of ceremonies with good agenda

  • Devotional music before and after

  • Family and friends – short speeches

  • Bhagavad Gita references by invitees

Suggestions for an effective  Hindu memorial speech

 

An honor: Being invited to speak at a memorial is a great honor and important civic responsibility.  

 

Thoughtful Preparations: Thoughtful preparation and attention to details is recommended. 

 

For a more structured memorial speech format, one may use the following outline  for guidance:

  • Start with heartfelt opening remarks (introduce yourself and give your relationship to the deceased).

  • If you are an immediate family member, thank attendees (especially those who have traveled a great distance).

  • If you are not a family member, express your condolences.

  • Talk about what made the deceased special, his/her hobbies (this is the main focus of your eulogy).

  • Include any personal anecdotes (see more details below).

  • If the deceased was spiritual and/or religious, talk about his/her commitment to Hindu tradition.

  • Introduce select verses from Bhagavad Gita that apply to the cycle of life and death and grieving.

  • Was the deceased a role model? If so, give some personal or general examples.

  • If appropriate, mention the deceased's special relationships with immediate family members (children, grandchildren etc.).

  • Offer words of comfort and perhaps a final farewell in closing.

Note: The memorial speech does not have to be in the form of a speech. If you are musically inclined, sing a song or play a musical tribute to the deceased. If the family agrees, read or sing a few verses from Bhagavad Gita or other scripters.  If the deceased was fond of literature, read a poem or excerpt from a favorite author like Rabindranath Tagore.

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