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Gone, But Never Forgotten — A Free Online Tribute

When someone dies, their body is gone, but their spirit lives on through good memories, family, and friends. Now you can create a free online, memorial so relatives and friends can remember a loved one, long after he or she is gone.

Celebrate Me Home makes it possible, easy, and free. Patricia obit

To get started, enter information about the deceased person, the memorial or funeral service, and upload an obituary with as many pictures as you like. Then share the online memorial with others – via email or your favorite social media platform (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). It’s that easy.

Need help writing the obituary? We’ve got you covered, with helpful tips, so you can create the perfect memory of your loved one.

Others can share their own memories or condolences, for everyone to enjoy, and the entire thing becomes a permanent way to celebrate the person’s life and honor his or her legacy.

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Get started, Honoring a Life’s Legacy™, by going to the obituary section at CelebrateMeHomeCT.com.

We hope you’ll find this free service helpful in the healing process, as one more way to keep the spirit of your loved one alive in the hearts of those who love and miss the person.

Father’s Day, Without Your Father

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

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Celebrate Me Home knows how important fathers are, and the void left behind when they are gone. If your father is no longer here, you might be struggling with Father’s Day.

While there are many ways to honor a deceased father — on Father’s Day or any day – a little inspiration goes a long way. Here are two resources which might help you to get started, get inspired, and create your own special Father’s Day celebration.

Have you already planned a special funeral, memorial service or celebration of life? Then, of course, we’d love to hear about your special tribute too! Tell us all about it.

If you need more ideas, check out the DIY Memorial Planner or the Resources page at CelebrateMeHomeCT.com.

Party For The Departed

Announcing Celebrate Me Home’s Online Do-It-Yourself Memorial Planner™

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Celebrate Me Home™ (CMH) has developed the first ever online planner to create unique, personal memorials services.   With Celebrate Me Home’s Do-It-Yourself Memorial Planner™, you can create a customized celebration for someone you love – after they are gone, at the time of need, or even in advance – at a cost that fits any budget.  It’s all online at www.CelebrateMeHomeCT.com – ideas, themes, supplies – whatever you need, even assistance from a staff member.

Love continues, long after someone has died. When you look back at services for lost loved ones, you’ll want to be sure it honors their legacy, their life, who they were. What better way to ensure that special memorial, than to create it yourself?

The only limitation is your imagination.

With about half of Americans opting for cremation, many families are planning a very tailored memorial service for their loved one, as an alternative to a traditional funeral. Celebrate Me Home’s DIY Memorial Planner™ was developed to support the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trend.

Bernadette Plescia, CMO, says “A DIY memorial is more meaningful, more customized, more flexible, and can be held at a location significant to the deceased. There are no rules, just your imagination to create a unique memorial event to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of the person you love – and it’s all under your control and within your budget – starting at only $9.99.”

Users can create a one-of-a-kind memorial tribute using the extensive libraries of prayers, poems and songs — or start with a Memorial Theme with preselected choices.  Create a simple memorial service, or order merchandise such as personalized prayer cards, thank you notes and guest books that ship right to your door.

For more information, or to view the instructional video, visit www.CelebrateMeHomeCT.com, or contact Celebrate Me Home at 203.221.6885.

 

A Final, Loving Good-Bye to Mom

Celebrate Me Home knows how special mothers are, and how difficult it is to lose a mother. We’d like to know how you celebrated the life and legacy of that special woman — mom, mother, mama.

In honor of Mother’s Day, and loving mothers everywhere, we at Celebrate Me Home want to know how you paid tribute to your mother. How did you remember the special person she was, and her life’s legacy?

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Tell us your tribute story.

  • Share your special celebration to honor your mother after she was gone, or the one you are planning.
  • Have someone in your life who is “like a mother” to you? We also want to hear about her special send off.

We’ll share some of the great ways people remembered their mothers; your tribute story could earn you a Visa gift card from Celebrate Me Home. Consider it a thank you for sharing a loving memory, and helping others to create a perfect goodbye for a loved one with the DIY Memorial Planner.

Here’s what we need:

  • 200-500 words about the special celebration
  • Photo of the event or special memorial
  • Tell us what you did, and why you chose that celebration for your mother.
  • Submit photos and tributes on line at www.CelebrateMeHomeCT.com

All submissions become the property of Celebrate Me Home; submission will act as agreement for Celebrate Me Home to use stories and photographs online and/or in promotional materials.

Don’t Sweat the Process…Preplanning made easy

Americans plan everything; marriage, children, college, retirement and vacations are all meticulously planned out. Research shows that 70% of Americans have life insurance policies, 55% have an estate plan or will, and yet preplanning your life’s celebration causes hesitation.

Why is this? Americans say memorial planning is a process that they are reluctant to begin.

Funeral preplanning doesn’t have to be difficult and should be considered, because every year over two million Americans are required to plan for the immediate loss of a loved one. The responsibility of planning a funeral while dealing with a loss is the most difficult time to arrange a memorial. Whether choosing a traditional funeral with burial or cremation, planning when in the troughs of emotion, often results in costly overspending, unnecessary stress and confusion.
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Preplanning a personalized memorial helps to protect the financial future of your loved ones and recording personal wishes, grants families the ability to know exactly what their loved one wants.

 

 

To start the process contact Celebrate Me Home for a free Memorial Planning Guide. The guide is easy to follow and helps to keep all of your memorial wishes in one place.

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Our compassionate Memorial Planners will walk you through every step of the process, helping answer questions and easing the process. Celebrate Me Home offers a free in-home, no-obligation consultation. A variety of memorial packages are available or you can choose from the a la carte menu to create a completely customized ceremony, one that fits your wishes and your budget.

Pre-planning is a very tangible act that anyone can do to not only take care of their family, but helps to make things as easy on them as possible when the inevitable occurs.

 

Source: http://www.senioroutlooktoday.com/americans-overwhelmingly-want-funeral-service-still-few-pre-planning/

Taboo Talk

The subject of death and its inevitable end of life consequences has become social taboo. The idea of speaking about death, an imminent loss, or even a terminal illness cause people to resort to passing the information through whispers or worse…code!
For the silent generation, taking care of their dead was common place, and dealing with mourning and grief just came with the territory. The body of their loved one was lovingly cared for, dressed in their Sunday best and laid out in their home for days, without embalming. This was the only funeral option families had.

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Over the last few decades families have slowly moved away from taking care of their own dead and sought the replacement of the sterility and industry of the funeral home. No longer did families handle all the details involved in memorializing their loved one. Instead they entrusted their loved one to the business of the funeral home. Inadvertently, changing the way we look upon death. Death and dying once thought of as common and a normal part of life, were now looked upon as an uncertain, unknown process. To be dealt with in a cold funeral home basement. Funeral and mourning rituals and the grief process became the same for everyone in every situation. The cookie cutter funeral was invented!
Now, the Baby Boomer generation, which is responsible for so many changes in their lifetime, again is changing our perspectives on death. The Conversation Project, death café’s and Celebrate Me Home were designed to help families feel comfortable talking about death. Most importantly discussing and documenting how one wants be remembered. Check out Celebrate Me Home’s FREE Memorial Planning Guide for help in starting the conversation.

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Because of this, cremation is on the rise and expected to reach 50% of the population’s choice for body disposition by the year 2017. By choosing direct cremation and by-passing the traditional funeral, families are often at a loss on how to begin the process of memorializing a loved one.
Celebrate Me Home’s compassionate Memorial Planners help to make final wishes known and supports families in their time of loss. Creating your own memorial plan has proven to reduce families stress, help families find peace of mind, knowing they are following their loved one’s wishes, and reduces the risk of over spending due to grief. Contact Celebrate Me Home (203)221-6885, providing help and support to you and your family.

Celebrating Mother’s Day without Mom

Once you lose your Mother, everyday is different. If you are a Baby Boomer, you were probably raised by a stay at home Mom. She took care of all your basic needs, eating, sleeping and cleanliness. She was responsible for your education, helping you solve a difficult math problem or making sure your homework was completed. She was your disciplinarian when you broke the rules and your accomplice when “Dad didn’t need to know.” She was a lot of things, and just one thing – Mom, and because she was “Just a Mom”, she probably never got the respect she deserved.

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Now as an adult, with children of your own, you realize the importance and unconditional love only a Mother can have for her children. On Mother’s day, this can be especially hard when your Mom is no longer with you. Celebrate Me Home helps families create lasting memories; a memorial photo tribute is a way to gather memories and share them with future generations.

As a Mother myself, I realize all children to some degree, take their Mother’s love for granted. You can count the stages of your life by the relationships you had with your Mom. As a small child you cried when you were away from her. As a teenager anything your Mom did, said or wore mortified you. When you were a young adult she started to become your friend, and only when you had children of your own did you fully understand the complex love of Mother and child.

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate Mom, whether she is with you, if she lives far away or if she has passed away. Celebrate your Mother by finding the gifts of her life- the values she instilled and the lessons she taught.

  • *Greeting Cards were made for Mother’s day! So write your Mother a note, make sure to include what made her special, your fondest memories and      what you have learned from her.
  • *Participate in an activity your Mom loved, garden, bake, or watch her favorite movie.
  • *Display Moms favorite items  
  • *Play her favorite games
  • *Donate to her favorite charity

Another way to honor Mom is to celebrate all the Moms you know. Gather together and share memories and stories, favorite recipes and photoalbums.Celebrate Me Home helps to families create lasting life legacies. A living life celebration can be tailored to fit the unique personality of your Mom, her values and her family. Honoring your Mom and celebrating her life story.celebrating Mothers

 No matter how you choose to remember your Mom on this Mothers Day. Remember, she’s your Mom; she loves you no matter what!

The Value of Conversation

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I recently had the pleasure of being invited to a “Thank You” breakfast in support of our local VNA.  The food was wonderful and the guests were friendly, making it an enjoyable morning. Everyone was finishing, when the keynote speaker took the microphone.

Kathie Nitz is a life coach and a motivational speaker.   Outside of her biography in the program, I knew nothing about her. As Kathie began to speak, her gentle, confident manner made it easy to listen and as she began her story I was touched. Kathie’s mother has Alzheimer’s, a devastating disease that effects memory and eventually results in death. There are very little treatment options and no cure.

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Losing the ability to remember makes it extremely difficult for families to converse with their loved ones.  Families feel the pressure to “talk while they still can” and often become frustrated by the varying paths their conversations now take.

Kathie became aware of this through her own personal experience with her mom. Instead of resorting to conversations regarding the mundane, Kathie saw this as an opportunity. She realized the value and importance of personal conversation, creating conversation starters to help families find innovative ways to “talk” with their family member. Kathie created Caring Cards.

Caring Cards are an innovative way to start a conversation.  She writes, “I was inspired to create these cards as a way to connect with my mom.”

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caring cards jpgcaring cards jpgcaring cards caring cardscaring cardsEach card in the deck asks a thought provoking question, designed to promote the sharing of stories, feelings, memories and wisdom. Helping promote a connection and a feeling of being valued and important, creating a legacy to be cherished!

As most of my days are spent in the company of seniors, I have found them to be intelligent, wise and extremely funny. They all have value and important life stories that should be shared. We all should spend some time using Kathie’s Caring Cards and speak with a senior. Start the conversation on how they would like to be remembered. Find out what makes them unique! They have so much to teach us and with Caring Cards you can easily find a place to start listening!

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“Green” Baby Boomers

Today, America’s Baby Boomer eco-conscious population will be noted in history as the generation responsible for changing the world.

old time familyBoomers have demanded organic, non-pesticide treated, non-genetically modified food. They have broadened our horizons by co-mingling different religions to find the right fit for them.  Boomers choose barefoot running, hot yoga, high intensity training and spinning classes.

They have orchestrated their health, wealth, retirement and their own deaths. They are choosing to preplan their own memorials, designing them to fit their unique personality. It is no surprise the Baby Boomer generation is demanding eco-friendly funeral options and an “Out with a Bang” memorial celebration.

Celebrate Me Home was created to support families desiring a “Celebration of Life”. Working with you, a one-of-a kind ceremony is created to reflect your unique personality and style.  Celebrate Me Home supports families who want to by-pass the funeral home experience and choose cremation.

With boomers increasingly choosing cremation, rates are on the rise and projected to reach 54.4% making it the preferred choice of body disposition. The environmentally conscious can choose an alternative to the flame based cremation and choose “resomation” (alkaline hydrolysis), which uses less energy and releases no carbon into the atmosphere.

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The choices for their life celebration; choosing to go out in a big way or surrounded by just close family and friends, may separate the average Baby Boomer. However; staying true to their individuality is what unites them.

Taking Control of Your Funeral

Celebrate Me Home, is a unique end of life planning service, providing guidance and support with all your memorial preplanning needs.  The memorial planning guide is an invaluable resource, helping to record all your memorial wishes.

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Planning your own memorial service in advance not only allows you to design and specify the type of service you’d prefer; whether it be cremation or burial, but it also provides peace of mind for you and your family – who should be celebrating your life and joyous memories, not worrying about all the details

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Burialplanning.com recently reported the top 5 reasons to preplan your memorial.

1.       You will have control. Wouldn’t you want to have more control over your live and death? Pre-planning provides you power to make decisions regarding how and where you’ll be laid to rest, what type of ceremony you would like, burial, and/or cremation, even what type of prayer cards and memorial stationery you would like, and a host of other considerations that would otherwise be left up to mourning-loved ones.

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2.       Loved ones in mourning frequently do not make smart financial decisions. Purchasing costly burial merchandise during times of grief often cause emotional overspending.

3.       Personal views are changing the way death is being viewed. Different generations want different things. Baby boomers want a more individualized memorial service; Generation Xers may choose a “Greener” cremation/burial option; while most consumers are choosing the focus to be on their life story, not on the loss.

4.       Preplanning helps to avoid debt. Frequently the children of families facing death are responsible financially for funeral, burial or cremation costs.

5. Death is a part of life. Death should be celebrated and prepared for, just like you would for a wedding, birth, college or retirement.

To order your free memorial planning guide visit, http://celebratemehomect.com/contact/?requestguide=yes

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