funeral service typically takes place with the body of the departed present, whereas a memorial service takes place without the actual body present.

A funeral service can refer to a traditional graveside burial service, or it can refer to a funeral service conducted in a chapel when a cremation is later performed. A funeral service most often is conducted within a week of the death occurring.

A memorial service generally takes place some time after the death and disposition has occurred. It is usually a service specifically to memorialise the life of the deceased. If a cremation has been performed, often a memorial service is conducted to inter or scatter the cremated remains, at the same time as the celebration of the deceased’s life.

How you decide to memorialise your loved one should be an entirely personal choice, and observing the wishes of the deceased. We often hear the quote that “funerals are for the living”, which of course they are. But too often family are swayed into a funeral service that can become overwhelming, driven by our social concerns with what other people will think.


About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit

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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.