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Celebration of Life For Someone with Alzheimers

It is extremely difficult for families to watch their mother, father, sister or brother live with Alzheimer’s. They are not themselves. “We lost our mother long ago. She suffered with this disease for over six years. Mom didn’t recognize any of us or know who we were....

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Who Will Officiate a Celebration of Life?

Uncle Ed Sometimes families want to organize, create and officiate the Celebration of Life for their loved one. Frequently, I receive calls from family members who tell me they have been trying to do this themselves and it’s just not coming together. Maybe there are...

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What Most Funeral Celebrants Do Not Offer

By now, you know that Funeral Celebrants meet with families to create and officiate personalized Funerals, Memorials, Remembrances, Graveside Services and Celebrations of Life. This blog post is about what most Celebrants do NOT offer. Cremations and Burials – A...

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Memorial Service for a Suicide

When someone you love exits with suicide, there are many unanswered questions. Sadly, I have witnessed the heartache of those left behind who are in shock and trying to put logic to a tragic ending. Often blaming themselves for not seeing the signs or wondering why...

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Embracing the Holidays

Yikes! The holiday season is upon us – how did that happen and where did the year go? Just when you began to enjoy the cooler nights and beauty of the leaves changing colors, the reality of the pending season kicks in. Your hair gets grayer with the anticipation of...

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Holiday Traditions After a Death

Traditions are the stories that families write together. After the death of a loved one, it is important to keep the traditions going. It helps to remember them this time of year although we may have thoughts of skipping the holidays entirely. Several families shared...

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Top Funeral Songs from 2018

Playing a song or two during the Funeral or Celebration of Life is nice and breaks up some of the speaking portions. A song that is less than 4 minutes is best. If it is a particularly emotional song, 4 minutes can seem like an eternity. As your Funeral Celebrant, I...

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Sorting Through the Keepsakes

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is -- do nothing right now unless you...

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Dove Release at a Celebration of Life

At this Celebration of Life, Arnie wanted a Dove Release for his beautiful Mother. His Father had died two years prior, so one dove would be for his Mother and one for his Father. Symbolizing that they are soaring toward the Heavens and are together again. It was a...

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10 Items for a DIY Funeral

Planning a Funeral, Celebration of Life or Memorial service? Here is a checklist of ten items to consider for the memorable day. Save yourself some time and order items online via Amazon or Etsy. Closing Thoughts There are lots of people who will say, “Let...

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Taking Care of You First

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.”  Feeling inadequate at first and an expert at the end. Family caregiver is a person who provides...

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I’m Sorry For Your Loss…

This is the universal phrase we often say and hear when someone dies. It shows you care and opens the door for dialogue. As the griever, you can simply say, “Thank You, I appreciate that.” OR you may like to start a conversation about the person you are missing with...

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