When a loved one dies, gathering with family and friends after their funeral, cremation, or burial is an essential part of the healing process.

At Spring Grove, we have seen many families benefit from holding a reception or repast for a loved one.

Our staff can help you plan a beautiful celebration to reflect your loved one’s life and honor their legacy. Our experienced team members are here to advise you on every aspect of your loved one’s reception, from choosing a venue to selecting a menu.

Here are some key items to know about repast services.

A repast follows a funeral service.

Traditionally, any gathering following a funeral service can be called a repast. A repast, or reception, usually includes a meal or refreshments of some sort that are shared in an informal setting. Depending on the size and style of the gathering, some families choose to hold a repast in their homes or at a church, restaurant, or other venue.

Spring Grove has a beautiful and modern 10,000-square-foot Event Center that is perfect for hosting services like these. Click here to read more about our Event Center.

Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules about what a repast should feature or include, so feel free to be creative when it comes to paying tribute to your loved one.

A variety of food can be served at a repast.

One of the most defining aspects of a repast is the food. A repast can include everything from light appetizers to a full meal. While planning your loved one’s reception, decide what type of food fits your budget, needs, and guest list.

If you prefer lighter fare, you might serve coffee and pastries for an afternoon gathering or hors d’oeuvres in the evening. For a full meal, a great option is to serve several different dishes buffet-style, so guests can pick and choose based on their dietary preferences.

Spring Grove’s Event Center operates with its own alcohol license, which means our facility can also host events featuring cocktails, beer, and wine.

No matter your preferences, our staff can help you arrange a delicious meal and beverages for all of your guests.

A repast can include personal touches.

Putting a personal touch on your loved one’s repast is a special way to honor their memory. This can be done in many ways, such as decorating the reception space in your loved one’s favorite colors or with their sports team’s mascot. You might decorate the venue’s entryway with a memory table featuring photos of your loved one or project a photo slideshow on the wall throughout the gathering.

Our team at Spring Grove can help your family bring a unique touch to the repast while also memorializing your loved one. We are always ready to discuss personalization options with the families we serve.

If you’d like to learn more about making funeral, cremation, or burial arrangements for your loved one, contact our staff. We are here 24/7 to meet the needs of you and your family.