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Things to Consider

Planning a funeral, wedding, or any major life celebration event is a deeply personal process and it is important to work with someone who understands everything involved. I’ve provided a list of helpful items to consider when planning your own event, and am always available to answer any questions you may have.

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Things to Consider When Planning a Life Event:

Date and time: The date and time of the celebration should be convenient for most of the people who will be attending. It is also important to consider the time of year, as some seasons may be more conducive to outdoor gatherings than others.
Location: The location of the celebration should be a place that is meaningful to the deceased, couple, or to their loved ones. It could be a place where they lived, met, worked, or spent a lot of time.
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Format: The format of the celebration can be anything from a formal service to a casual gathering. Some people choose to have a religious service, while others prefer to have a secular event. You may also have a combination. While the deceased or couple being wed may be more secular, there are often families that are religious, or vice versa. Allowing everyone to have what they need to hear at a ceremony is important and respectful.

Decorations: The decorations at the celebration can be used to create a festive atmosphere or to reflect the personality of the deceased or couple. Displaying personal mementos and pictures at an end of life event is a caring and healing way to decorate.

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Invitations: The invitations should be sent out well in advance so that people have time to make plans to attend. They should include all of the important information about the celebration, such as the date, time, location, and format.

Allowing time to plan and prepare. Whether you are DIY or working with a funeral home or venue to create the event, there is not a rush. For end of life events, cremation or full casket ceremonies can be held a few weeks out unless there is a culture or religious need that requires a certain time frame.

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Memorial gifts: Memorial gifts are a way for guests at a funeral or memorial service to show their support for the family and to honor the memory of the deceased. Some popular memorial gifts include donations to charities that were important to the deceased, planting trees or flowers in their name, or creating a memorial fund.

Custom take away: a memento that represents the person, couple, or ceremony. This could be a key chain, flower seeds to be planted later, a favorite food item of the deceased or couple, etc. As a celebrant I can help with creative ideas.

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Photography: Photography is a great way to capture the memories of your life event. Be sure to hire a professional photographer or ask a friend or family member with good photography skills to document the event.

Videography: Videography is another great way to capture the memories of the event and is becoming more popular. Be sure to hire a professional videographer or ask a friend or family member with experience to document the event.

Video sharing: Sharing the video or photos of the celebration of life or wedding with others is a great way to keep the memory of the deceased alive or help others feel included in your special day. You can share them on social media, create a video slideshow, or burn them onto a DVD.

What are the Different Types of End of Life Events?​

Funerals: I can help you plan a funeral or Life Celebration that is both respectful and personal. I will work with you to create a service that reflects the unique life of your loved one.
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Memorial Service: I can help you plan a memorial service that is beautiful, meaningful, and deeply personal. I will work with you to create a ceremony that is tailored to your individual needs and desires.
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Celebration of Life:​

A celebration of life is a gathering of friends and family to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed away. It is a time to share stories, laughter, and tears, and to come together as a community to mourn the loss of a loved one. I can help you plan a celebration of life that is both joyous and uplifting. I will work with you to create an event that honors the life of your loved one and allows you to come together as a family & community to grieve and heal.

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Other Types of End of Life Ceremonies:
  • Visitation gatherings
  • Witness cremation ceremonies
  • Ground blessings for a burial
  • Graveside ceremonies
  • Full traditional services
  • Cremation ceremonies
 

Contact Me With Your Questions

No matter what your personal or family preferences are, I can help you plan the perfect end of life tribute or wedding ceremony. If you have any questions about the planning process, don’t hesitate to reach out.