Designing a Graveside Service

During the COVID-19 pandemic the most common funeral option has been a graveside service with plans for a memorial church service or celebration of life at a later date. While some religions offer a short committal service, you may wish to add elements of your own to the ceremony. We hope these tips are helpful to you.

Simple is beautiful. Nothing needs to be extravagant and service time should be approximately 30-45 minutes.


Who will you be inviting

What you want to honor and celebrate at the graveside

What that ceremony might look like

How you can work with guests to design something meaningful

Find a way to include people who cannot be there so that everyone feels as though they are able to honor your loved one and support you.



At a green burial the people present can participate in symbolically, or entirely, closing the grave. If this is the case please ask everyone to wear gloves- gardening gloves are ok- and be aware that the shovel handle will be disinfected between uses.

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