A Quaker memorial meeting follows the same form as a meeting for worship, the core of Quaker practice. Friends believe that there is God in everyone, or The Light Within, and that by sitting in expectant, silent worship, we may be moved by Spirit to share a message that expresses aloud what is already present. Some meetings for worship can be entirely silent; during some meetings, many are moved to offer vocal ministry.

Everyone participates equally and all are welcomed to speak. People may be moved to share prayers, poetry, stories, or a song. Friends are asked to allow a few moments to fully hear and reflect on each message before offering theirs. A Quaker memorial meeting lasts for about an hour and ends with a handshake.