A Celebration of Life, Not a Mourning of Death
Remember Them As They Were
A traditional funeral service with black suits and quiet church music and people gathered around a casket or urn, is okay for some, but it is not favorable for many people. Sometimes mourning a life just doesn't feel right. Life should be celebrated. It is a special day when people who loved a person gather together and celebrate their life, happily, and remember the person as they were...alive, and vibrant.
Plan an Event that Celebrates their Live and their Loves
Each person is different - has different passions and different loves - so why should every funeral be the same? Look to their life for ideas on how best to celebrate it.
Plan a celebration of life full of the music THEY loved - not the music you loved. If they love bluegrass, play bluegrass, but if they loved jazz don't push your bluegrass on their day. Remember the life you are celebrating. Fill the event with the things they loved - photos, images, and videos they held closest. Music, foods, colors that THEY loved.
Planning a Celebration of Life, A Simple Guide for Turning a Memorial Service into a Celebration of Life
If you are planning a celebration of life rather then a somber funeral, you will want to pick up this book. It tells you all you need to know. I recommend this book over others on the topic because I feel like it provides the right information and tone for a person dealing with grief and approaching the daunting task of planning a memorial, plus it emphasizes tips to make it a celebration to honor the life they lived and not just to mourn the loss.
This book is full of unique and creative Life Celebration ideas that will help you create a memorable and personalized celebration. Included are a
ctivities like dove releases and candle lighting ceremonies, remembrance poem and song collections, flowers, food and drink ideas, parting gifts, remembering and coping ideas, a guide to scattering remains, 10 ideas for creating a memorial to keep the memory of your loved one alive.
View some celebrations honoring the lives of loved ones.
Music is usually a big of any Celebration of Life. Chose music in the style they loved. Chose songs that well represent them. And chose music that isn't just sad. Upbeat songs can give a few smiles on a day when smiles are hard.
Concentrate on how they lived, not on how they died
Remember The LIFE They Had
Sometimes death is a sudden tragedy, and sometimes it is a long expected one. Do not let the death of a person impede on the circumstances of their memorial. Celebrate their LIFE.
Celebration of Life Links - Sites to help you plan your Memorial Celebration
because it's over.
Smile because it happened."
Not sure you can celebrate?
If you are not sure whether you can celebrate, then you need to come to grips with the fact that death will come. It is inevitable. It may be sudden, or well foreseen. Either way, death is a time to remember life. If you think you will not make it though a celebration of life memorial, or you need to help someone else who is not ready, pick up a book to help you through.
Final celebrations is a great book to help you in the planning process. You may want to consider another on coping with the death of a loved one and the mourning process.
This book is my best suggestion to anyone planning a funeral who has never been involved in funeral planning before. It is a wonderful overview of the basics that will guide you through. This is the best on the market that I have read for a newbie.
He Was a Good Man, But Now He's Gone - by M. Ward
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