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Remembering Rose

Typically, I change the names when writing these Blogs, but this time I wanted to use her real name and it was Rose. I met Rose when she was in her late 80s (this just goes to show that you can meet new people and make new friends at any age). I take my little dog...

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How to Make a Photo Tribute

Sorting through photographs after someone you love dies can be an overwhelmingly emotional task. Memories and emotions surface with every photo. Since you may have many offers to help you with “anything” – this may be the perfect opportunity to engage friends or...

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A Funeral That Failed

We arrived at the church a little after 10:00 on a Monday morning for a Funeral that was listed in the obituary to start at 10:30. The Funeral was already in progress and we learned the time was printed incorrectly in the obituary. We weren’t the only ones who were...

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Your Lasting Legacy

Everyone leaves a lasting legacy. What will yours be? Bring to mind someone who died and how their memory lives on in your head and heart. That is their legacy. Maybe you think of them every day or every so often. We all want to know that our life mattered and that we...

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Oh, How I Love a Great Funeral!

Al died at age 42 in a car accident. It was sudden, unexpected and he did not have a Will in place. He never wanted to talk about death or dying, so his wife had no idea what to do.  She definitely preferred to call it a Funeral and did not want it to be traditional...

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Is a Funeral the Same as a Celebration of Life?

Last week I was at a resort hotel and the main lobby was being renovated. Instead of typical signs like, “Under Construction” or “Renovation Underway” they used the words, “Lobby Refresh” in their signage. Hmmmm. I guess this is “Hotel Speak” and it reminded me of how...

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Remembering John

Their teenage son chose to end his life. Horribly tragic, heartbreaking and this type of death leaves everyone wondering “Why?” The guilt is huge. “What could we have done?” “Why didn’t I return his text?” “Why didn’t we see the signs?” Teachers, students, friends and...

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Everyone Needs a Lauren

When someone dies, it’s particularly beneficial to have a trusted friend by your side who is not a relative. There may be too many people calling, stopping by and too many decisions that need to be made. Trying to see clearly through the fog of grief is difficult and...

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Leaving Fingerprints on a Casket

“I don’t think my Uncle would even want a service, but we are going to have one for him anyway. He didn’t tell anyone his wishes and we can’t find anything in writing. It all happened so suddenly, we were not expecting this.” It was a beautiful February day in...

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Celebration of Life for a Centenarian

Olive celebrated her 100th Birthday with family, friends, and caregivers. She kept saying that she never in a million years expected to live to be 100. It’s rare that I have the great honor and privilege of officiating a Celebration of Life for a Centenarian. Her...

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Conversations with Kids at Funerals

Parents try to prepare their children for their first Funeral and also ask if it is appropriate to bring them to a Funeral. More often than not, I encourage them to bring their children and that a Celebrant-led Funeral includes more stories of the departed than...

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