Sharing Memories at Funerals

Telling stories at funerals and memorials is a great way to keep the memory of your loved ones alive.

It also helps pass on the values of lost loved ones and provides a way to share special things they’ve learned from their lives. Sharing stories and memories is important at funeral services because it helps to support and guide families in their time of grief and healing.

Sharing also helps put a positive light on the service.

Having those close to the deceased speak at the service provides a sense of peace and joy for the speaker as well as others in the room. It allows them to grieve in a healthy way by sharing their favorite moments and reflecting on memories that stuck with them throughout the years. Spending time listening to stories, laughing, crying, and remembering allows guests and family alike to come together and develop a special bond that connects them through a loss.

What better way to leave a lasting legacy than to include touching and fun-filled stories at a funeral service? Every person holds memories of their loved ones, and possibly has a story they would like to share.

Sometimes, the best way to grieve and begin healing is by talking about a loved one. Other times, it may be listening or silently reflecting. Everyone grieves differently and that’s perfectly normal.

If you don’t want to speak, then you may choose to share a memory in a card or an email to the family.

At Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments, we offer a variety of free resources for you and your family members, which you can find here:

We like to tell our families and guests to bring in whatever you want to display for your loved one, and as long as it fits through the doors, we will allow it.

“On every headstone, there is a date of birth and a date of death. But there is also a dash in between those dates, and it’s our job to assist families who want to tell that story and fill in the dash,” says Janice Smallwood, owner of Norberg’s, along with her husband JD.

There are countless opportunities for you to tell stories and relive memories that will turn any funeral service into a memorable celebration of your loved one’s life.

If you would like assistance in personalizing a service, call Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments at 815-875-2425, email at or visit

Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments

701 E. Thompson St

Princeton, IL 61356