Posted on August 31, 2021

How to Host and Plan a Funeral Reception

Losing a loved one is never easy. But in having a funeral or memorial service, it allows family and friends to reflect and connect with one another. However, if you are the one hosting the funeral reception, you may feel overwhelmed. We’ve taken this time to prepare some tips for planning a funeral reception so you and your family can celebrate the life of your loved one.

Why Have a Funeral Reception

While you in no way have to host a funeral reception, they are very common in many cultures to commemorate the passing of a loved one. It allows mourners to share stories about the deceased and connect with one another.

Where To Host a Funeral Reception

Typically, you’ll host a funeral reception somewhere near where the burial or memorial service will be taking place. Chances are, you’ll also be working closely with the funeral director of the funeral home, so you can ask them for suggestions on where to host the reception.

The Beaumont Inn does host funeral receptions and bereavement services. You can contact us to learn more.

Who is Invited to Funeral Receptions

It is common to announce funeral reception details at the service. With that being said, “everyone” is invited to the funeral reception, but typically only close family and friends attend.

You’ll need to coordinate with the funeral director to ensure your time matches up with the end of the service to the start of the reception. People often host lunches or dinners in the memory of the deceased, so be sure the time you select fits into one of those meals.

If you are unsure of formal invitations, just ask your funeral director to go over etiquette.

What Is Served at a Funeral Reception

While it is not required to serve a full meal after the funeral, many families do elect to do so. What you serve is up to you, but if you are holding the dinner at a venue, they will likely have a bereavement menu that is popular to choose from.

Some families also opt to host more of a cocktail/appetizer spread. This may include serving coffee, tea, soda, and water.

Special Additions

You likely have a lot on your plate, so the more you can allow the venue to handle, the better. But one thing you may want to consider is having special touches of the deceased to display. This may include photos and albums on display for people to review, flowers from the funeral home out on tables, etc.

Remember, this is a time to celebrate the life of a loved one. Consider how they would want to be celebrated and do so to ensure their final wishes are met.

If you are in need of a caterer or space to hold a funeral reception, contact the event staff at The Beaumont Inn. We will help you commemorate your loved one in a classy, respectful manner.