When a member passes families may ask The Lodge to conduct a funeral service, either in supplement to a usual service, or as a stand alone service.
A ritual for such a service has been provided, to be conducted by the officers and members of the Lodge. Without any suggestion of sectarianism, it is beautiful and impressive, and it is appropriately designed for use in the Lodge room, in a funeral home, or at the graveside.
Lodge of Sorrow
Tablet Memorial Service
The first Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Elks Memorial Day"; and it is mandatory upon each Subordinate Lodge to commemorate departed brothers and sisters on that day.
In this service the names of the Members who have passed away are written on The Lodge's Memorial Tablet, signifying love and reverence for those who are gone.