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A Final Act of Love

 

When you lose a loved one, you realize two things, life is fragile and temporary and you are forced to face your own mortality.

old-couple-250x300When planning a memorial for your loved one, often during a time of stress and grief, wondering if you are honoring your loved one the way they truly wanted is common.  In addition to leaving a financial Will and important documents in a place where family members can easily find them, your funeral plans will need to be found first. Does everyone you live with know where you keep them, and is the location easily accessible? Do you want to be cremated or buried? If buried, where? If cremated, who should keep your remains, or should they be scattered? Where? Do you want a memorial service, a simple graveside service with close family, or a large “Celebration of Life” party? Often times the sentiment you hear most is, “Am I doing this right?”  These questions of honoring a loved one in the “correct” way are difficult and unwanted, and often bring forth unnecessary anxiety and stress at a very difficult time.

Celebrate Me Home was designed to help support families. The act of preplanning your own memorial helps alleviate the stress on your family during their most difficult of times, and is often seen as your final act of love.

Use our Memorial Preplanning guide to preplan your final wishes, ensuring your memorial is exactly what you want while helping to alleviate the many questions your loved ones will have.

Families see preplanning as a gift and an unselfish expression of love, allowing families to honor their loved one, taking all the guess work out of planning a memorial service.CMH-Planning-Guide-140x180

 

Contact Celebrate Me Home at (203)221-6885 for more information on preplanning or go to http://celebratemehomect.com/contact/?requestguide=yes  to order your free Memorial Planning Guide.

 

 

 

 

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Out With a Bang!

Out With a Bang!

Walter passed away March 9, 2014. He was 81 years old. Walter’s obituary was humorous, inspiring and written by Walter himself! He had started writing his obituary years ago, where he left just a few blank spaces (his actual deceased date) for his wife of 59 years to fill in.

Writing yCMH-Planning-Guide-140x180our own obituary is gaining in popularity, with the help of Celebrate Me Home’s memorial planning guide, recording your personal thoughts and wishes is an easy way to begin the process.

 

 Being true to honor the unique individual Walter was his family proudly placed Walter’s epitaph in the local paper and on Walter’s facebook page, right next to a picture of his favorite meal, schnitzel and beer.

Walter chose a simple memorial service and cremation, “since his wife refused to honor his request to be posed standing in a corner with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand.”

Celebrate Me Home helps to inspire and support families in fulfilling their loved one’s final wishes.

Celebrate Me Home’s Out With a Bang! memorial theme is designed to represent the unique spirit of a loved one who enjoyed and found whimsy in life, and who always lived life to the fullest.  It seems Walter, in his unique and creative way, left an indelible mark on the memories of his loved ones. Walter went out with a bang!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/walter-george-bruhl-jr-obituary_n_4954106.html

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Top 10 Activities to Do With a Sick or Dying Loved One

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Top 10 Activities to Do With a Sick or Dying Loved One

Nicholas Kania from eFuneral, put together this wonderful list and we’ll address his top 10 ideas over the next two weeks to savor every moment with a sick loved one.  Check out the top 5 below:

1) Scrapbook with Family Photos – Pull out the old photo albums and select special ones to include in your scrapbook.  As your loved one shares fond memories, capture them on inscriptions.    If you want to take the next step and do a photo memorial tribute, Celebrate Me Home can help.  

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2) Start a Family Tree – One of the most frustrating things for those experiencing memory loss is the inability to remember family members.  Creating a family tree with pictures and brief text explaining each person can be both a fun DIY project and an indispensable tool for your relative. 

family tree3) Watch Home Movies – Fix a favorite snack and gather around the TV to watch family movies.  Another great way to bond with family members and reminisce about happy times.

4) Cuddle and play with an animal – Playing with animals oftentimes brings back memories of childhood and provides a sense of purpose if your love one cares for a pet.

5) Plant a Memory Garden – Carve out an easy spot to get to and plant a small garden.  The plants will serve as a living memorial to your loved one.  Even after they are gone, you and your family will be able to care for the garden and relive memories of creating it.  To honor a lost loved one, check out Celebrate Me Home’s Sympathy Gifts for beautiful plantable seed cards.  

Next week, we’ll review more good ideas to do with a loved one.

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What does decaf, donuts and death have in common?

 

What does decaf, donuts and death have in common?

…..introducing the Death Café

 

Informal flyers invite all to attend. Groups of people ages 18 to 84, gather in their local coffee shops and book stores to discuss death. There is no formal agenda, group discussions start with a question designed to break the ice and off they go. The conversations range from philosophical ideologies to medical questions. This is the Death Café and they are taking off and gathering steam around the globe.

 Informal flyers invite all to attend. Groups of people ages 18 to 84, gather in their local coffee shops and book stores to discuss death. There is no formal agenda, group discussions start with a question designed to break the ice and off they go. The conversations range from philosophical ideologies to medical questions. This is the Death Café and they are taking off and gathering steam around the globe.

The importance of this movement is clear, people want more information about death and dying. Society understands that death and dying are a natural part of life and the more society discusses this, the more educated and empowered we are to navigate our own final days and those of our loved ones.

 

The biggest bombshell to emerge for this trend is the desire to begin conversations about end-of-life wishes with aging parents and other family members. Suggestions have been made to have these discussions yearly, possibly around the holidays, because generally extend family gathers together to celebrate and wishes may change, so staying current is important.

 

Celebrate Me Home helps families start the conversation about end-of-life planning with an eaCMH-Planning-Guide coversy to follow Memorial Planning Guide. Committed to supporting families through the preplanning process or at the time of a loss, Celebrate Me Home’s compassionate Memorial Planners offer guidance every step of the way. Celebrate Me Home helps families plan a ceremony that is meaningful, provides peace of mind and can be tailored to fit any budget. For more information on end-of-life planning and how Celebrate Me Home can help you, contact us at (203) 221-6885.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanne-dennis/death-cafes_b_3707285.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-of-life_care

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The Best Funeral Ever!

TLC recently tried out a new reality show, and the public is dying to participate. No, really, they are! The show is based around a Texas based funeral home that caters to unique, eccentric funeral goers. For 26 years, they have created and designed “home goings” with themes ranging from bowling to outer space.bowling funeral
TLC decided to cancel the show, but it can’t stop the trends promoting Funeral changes. No longer do families want the somber funeral, where quests are forced to view their embalmed loved one. Families want the focus to be on their loved one’s life. They want a Celebration! Where the ceremony provides an atmosphere that is a unique as their loved one.

                                                               

Balloon Release

Spiritually up-lifting balloon release ceremony

Celebrate Me Home’s mission is to support families through the memorial process, helping them to design a ceremony that provides value and meaning to their loved one’s life. Focusing on telling a life story and encourage a ceremony that is both personal and meaningful.

Compassionate, trustworthy Memorial Planners offer support and guidance, either at the time of a loss or through the preplanning process. Through experience, resources and education, Celebrate Me Home helps families make the many decisions involved, helping families economically by avoiding “emotional over spending” at a time of distress, and creating a meaningful ceremony that promotes peace of mind.

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