Memorial service

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz salutes Yom Kippur War casualties at an official annual memorial service for fallen soldiers.

Memorial service is often used to describe a secular or non-religious funeral. A funeral is a religious service that is held with or without the body of the deceased present. A memorial service is usually a secular service with or without the body present.

Alternatively, it is used to describe a less formal practice than a traditional funeral, and include such things as annual remembrance ceremonies, eulogies, music and fellowship. See Funeral#Memorial services

In the Orthodox church, a memorial service is a liturgy performed in memory of the deceased, three, nine, forty days, one year and three years since the day of the funeral, see Memorial service (Orthodox).

Some use the term "Memorial Service" for a service with no remains present and use the term "Funeral" when the remains of the deceased (Casket for body or Urn for ashes) are present.


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