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Families Traveling For A Celebration Of Life

Families Traveling For A Celebration Of Life

A question received recently from a reader asked: “How do you get family and friends to attend a Celebration of Life when everyone is so geographically scattered?” This is a great question! It is unusual that family and friends are living in the same city, state or...

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How To Plan A Celebration Of Life During Coronavirus

How To Plan A Celebration Of Life During Coronavirus

Grieving the loss of a loved one during “normal” times is hard enough. During this Coronavirus Pandemic, the grief is magnified with fear of the unknown. Hearts are heavy with grief and sadness, not only for the passing of a loved one, but for our communities and the...

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Celebration Of Life For A Loving Couple

Celebration Of Life For A Loving Couple

The theme for this Celebration of Life was LOVE. Every family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or caregiver knew and felt their deep love for each other. This was a unique Remembrance of their lives although he had passed two years before his lovely wife. She was a...

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Family Owned Funeral And Cremation Providers

Family Owned Funeral And Cremation Providers

In a small town in Nebraska where I grew up; there was only one funeral home and it was family-owned. I had never heard of a corporate-owned funeral home until early 2000 and many people still today are unaware of the differences. The views expressed here are for...

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Can the Canned Music

Can the Canned Music

Music often adds an extra special dimension to a Life Celebration and it breaks up the speaking segments. If you are choosing to have the Funeral, Memorial or Celebration of Life at a mortuary then the Funeral Director may ask which songs you would like them to...

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Observations at a Funeral

Observations at a Funeral

Teaching Moments A teenage girl was getting ready to play the guitar and sing “Hallelujah” at her grandmother’s funeral. I asked her if she was nervous. “A little bit, once I start singing I will be OK.” Then she asked her Dad what she should say to the people after...

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Celebration of Life For Someone with Alzheimers

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?

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

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

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

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

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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