This is perhaps the fastest growing feature for funeral service. Many funeral homes are either adding or updating reception centers with catered food options. Food gives the gathering of friends and relatives a warmer and more social dimension. That is something to look for on websites.
Check whether or not the cremation funeral home provides onsite catering or contracts with a local caterer.
If an outside caterer is used, check to see if the funeral home bills include catering costs within the pre-arrangement or whether the caterer will bill you directly.
The choice of food for a cremation memorial service can be as elaborate as a sit down meal or as simple as coffee and baked goods. The choice is entirely up to the family, and it this is an important feature for you be sure to discuss it with your funeral provider.
Should alchoholic beverages be included? This is of course a very individual decision. Some traditions include beer, wine or liquor in their observances, but many jurisdictions do not permit serving of alcoholic beverages without a liquor license. Your cremation funeral provider will be able to advise you. If seating is limited finger foods such as pigs in blankets, mini pizzas, cheese and crackers are a good choice. This permits the family members to mingle and talk and at the same time. Often the inclusion of a food that the deceased loved will inspire a smile and perhaps a tear.
The key thing to remember is that the cremation memorial arrangements are NOT primarily about the food, but about the family member being remembered. Your local funeral director can help you to put everything together for a memorable occasion, either at the time of death or by prearrangement.