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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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Dealing with Dead People’s Stuff

One of the most emotional and taxing tasks after the death of a loved one is, “What to do with all their stuff?” Once the family has rifled through everything taking what they want to keep – then what? It can be incredibly overwhelming and time consuming. Rarely, if...

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Butterflies, Birds and Heart Rocks

Whenever I receive a call from an individual or family that requests my services for a Celebration of Life, a large butterfly swoops right in front of me. It may happen while I am in my office looking out the window, in my car or out walking – anywhere! The first few...

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Please Don’t Try to Fix Me

Several months after the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, the subtle hints from my friends, family and co-workers appeared – suggesting the time had come for me to get out more socially, begin sorting through his personal belongings and find the smile I once...

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