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Dana Bailer
B: 1961-05-19
D: 2017-09-16
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Bailer, Dana
Barbara Garrigus
B: 1939-12-06
D: 2017-09-11
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Garrigus, Barbara
Dorothy Eldridge Blake
B: 1921-12-21
D: 2017-09-11
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Blake, Dorothy Eldridge
Mary Martin
B: 1932-09-26
D: 2017-09-03
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Martin, Mary
Andrew McBride
B: 1990-02-15
D: 2017-08-30
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McBride, Andrew
Beverly Cash
B: 1955-03-18
D: 2017-08-20
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Cash, Beverly
Patricia Wolf
B: 1962-08-01
D: 2017-08-20
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Wolf, Patricia
Joyce Merritt
B: 1951-07-02
D: 2017-08-18
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Merritt, Joyce
Anna Foster
B: 1944-03-16
D: 2017-08-11
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Foster, Anna
David Christie
B: 1942-12-24
D: 2017-08-11
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Christie, David
Scott Holmes
B: 1951-02-16
D: 2017-08-03
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Holmes, Scott
Sharon Small
B: 1967-01-20
D: 2017-07-29
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Small, Sharon
Cliff Allen
B: 1943-05-14
D: 2017-07-26
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Allen, Cliff
Judy Weaver
B: 1941-09-30
D: 2017-07-20
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Weaver, Judy
William Youck
B: 1988-08-22
D: 2017-07-17
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Youck, William
Norman Leverenz
B: 1933-08-25
D: 2017-07-16
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Leverenz, Norman
Robert Smith
B: 1973-03-22
D: 2017-07-09
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Smith, Robert
Sandra Skiles
B: 1965-10-10
D: 2017-07-08
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Skiles, Sandra
Carole Shotts
B: 1940-11-02
D: 2017-07-07
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Shotts, Carole
Patty Brown
B: 1948-09-26
D: 2017-07-03
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Brown, Patty
Geneva Bymaster
B: 1933-03-13
D: 2017-07-01
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Bymaster, Geneva

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Creating a Celebration-of-Life

Celebration of Life Ideas: How to Plan a Celebration of LifeMany families today want a service which celebrates the life of their loved one. We introduce them to the concept of a celebration-of-life, and provide support in how to plan a celebration-of-life that is as unique as the life of their loved one.  

We always enjoy working together with families in planning a celebration-of-life for their loved one. While it can be a challenge to put together an event that both pays tribute to and celebrates the life and spirit of, a complex individual; it's also one of the most rewarding things any one of us can do for someone we've loved and lost.

Remembering Well: A Celebration of Life

Sarah York, opens her beautifully-crafted book, Remembering Well, with the very personal story about how her family chose to pay tribute to her mother. "My mother died in April 1983. . . she didn't want a funeral. 'Get together and have a party,' she had said when the topic was allowed to come up." However, she was quick to tell readers that the survivors did not honor the request. "We needed the ritual. We needed to say good-bye, but we also needed a ritual that would honor her spirit and would be faithful to her values and beliefs."

When Ms. York acknowledge the position of her family; that they needed not a party but a ritual; she teaches us all something important: the celebration-of-life ideas we plan with families should be shaped as much by their own emotional and spiritual needs, as their desire to celebrate the life lived.

While celebrations-of-life are not burdened by social expectations—they can be pretty much anything you want them to be—it's important to realize that the event you're planning should meet the emotional needs of the guests. So, think about exactly who will be there, and what they're likely to want or need. Then, bring in those unique lifestyle and personality characteristics of the deceased; perhaps add live music or refreshments, and you've got the beginnings of a remarkable celebration-of-life.

A celebration-of-life is intended to lift everyone's spirits by focusing on positive memories. And as we wrote in the above introduction, if you'd like to learn more about celebrations-of-life, we invite you to read our 9 Steps to Planning a Celebration of Life. There you'll discover how our experience in arranging and hosting celebrations-of-life will guide you in the process.

 

Sources:
Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life & Mourning Death, Sara York


 

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