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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.

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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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Congratulations Celebrate Me Home!

The votes are in! Celebrate Me Home is the recipient of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau’s 2013 Business/Consumer Education Award.

BBBThis prestigious award is given to businesses that have proven to provide high ethical standards while conducting their services and educating consumers and companies on topics related to their industry of expertise.

Celebrate Me Home has been recognized for its proven commitment to providing compassionate support and guidance to their families. Celebrate Me Home is passionate about empowering the community, providing them with valuable information about the funeral industry. Making available the wide variety of choices to the consumer, helping families make choices based on fact and avoid “emotional over spending” in times of stress. By partnering with business who share the same high ethical standards, Celebrate Me Home helps to promote high industry standards

Celebrate Me Home offers a Journaling program to Senior Centers around Fairfield County, Honoring a Life’s Legacy Through Journaling. This program provides seniors with theCongratsCMH opportunity to reflect on their lives and record meaningful memories to impart insight and joy. This allows for seniors to share family history and start the conversation on how they would like to be remembered. Celebrate me home helps seniors become an active part in their end of life planning which helps ease the stress of decision making and provides peace of mind for family members.

Celebrate Me Home’s Anticipatory Grief program is designed to aid family and paid caregivers, offering solutions on starting conversations about how one would like to be remembered, providing materials for ease in preplanning and educating on the importance of the memorial process as it is related to grief.  Proving that participating in a memorial ceremony provides a sense of closure, allows for families and friends to share loving memories, creates a support system and shortens the grieving period.

Whether you have just lost a loved one, anticipating a loss or are ready to start the preplanning process, Celebrate Me Home is here to support you. Our compassionate Memorial Planners are here to guide you every step of the way. For more information visit, www.celebratemehomect.com.  If you need immediate assistance, please call (203) 221-6885.

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Drive Thru ……..Funerals?

Drive Thru ……..Funerals?

Today, we speed our lives in the fast lane. We have fast paced careers, we join clubs, play sports, volunteer, and raise our children to join clubs and activities from cub scouts to football, requiring a family app. to keep our schedules organized. We are hard-working over achievers, who play just as hard as we work, and we are raising our children to be prepared for a life in the fast lane too.

As a society we are accustomed to this accelerated pace. The modern convenience of the drive thru has helped us to keep our lives on tract. The idea of the drive thru became popular with the invention of “fast food”, making the luxury of fast food faster! Now, we use the drive thru to get our prescriptions, our car washed, our banking done, our groceries and even our dry cleaning can be picked up or dropped off, all without ever leaving our cars!

Now a bizarre change is taking place in the funeral experience and is being experimented with at Southern California Funeral home. The Drive thru funeral! The side of the buildingis a plate glass window, where your loved one is decked out in their Sunday finest. Mourners can drive thru the parking lot, look upon their loved one and continue on their way. Leaving one to wonder, is this the legacy we want to leave behind? Equating our life to a fast food meal?

USA/Just like a greasy fast food burger, this leaves a sour taste in the mouths of most mourners. A life lived should be valued and celebrated. The ceremony that follows the end of your loved one’s journey should bring meaning and value. Celebrate Me Home works with families to create a personalized meaningful ceremony, providing lasting memories and meaning for generations. Celebrate Me Home offers a variety of services and creative ideas that help to develop a service that captures the uniqueness of your loved one. Contact Celebrate Me Home to see how we can help you.

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No More Gloomy Funerals!

The votes are in! Recently 160 people, ages 50-70, were interviewed by the Funeral Service Foundation. The results are NOT surprising!  Funeral homes are sad, dark and gloomy! Consumers agree the muted colors and soft lighting in funeral homes across the nation create feelings of unease and the sensations of being “in a tomb”.  Families feel “cold, confined and forced to face their own reality.”

garden lightsDifferent from the generation before them, Boomers have an intense interest in talking about death and dying. They want to know their end-of-life-options and celebrating their life creatively is important to them. That’s where Celebrate Me Home steps in! We help you preplan the memorial service you have lived your life for. Your celebration will be designed to reflect your unique personality. You choose the perfect setting; the golf course, the beach or a winery. Celebrate Me Home allows for your creativity and gives you an opportunity to portray your beliefs, attitude and unique character. We encourage your friends and family to be active participants in telling your story. Promoting the idea of “Only Your Imagination Limits Your Celebration!”

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The Power of Love

Milestones like reaching 100 years old and celebrating a 75thwedding anniversary are rare, but on the rise with life expectancy rates changing. However, the power of love for this generation is stronger than ever. They have survived the Great Depression, fought in world wars, they have seen their sons go off to fight in conflicts around the globe and have witnessed men walking on the moon, all while successfully thriving in the institute of marriage. Future generations will certainly benefit from the increased technological advances the medical society has to offer, increasing life expectancy for us all. However, with the divorce rate on the rise, wedding anniversaries reaching milestone years are becoming rare.

63 Years

Jerry and Edith Dunn, who had been married 63 years, know the power of love. The couple was born in 1931 and had been together since high school. With both approaching 82, Jerry knew the end of his life was drawing near. He went to sleep Wednesday evening and died peacefully in his sleep sometime early Thursday morning. His wife Edith followed soon after, a few hours later. Family members found comfort knowing neither would have to continue without the love of the other and found great peace knowing they found eternal peace together.

75 YearsHelen and Les Brown were both born on New Year’s Eve in 1918. They were married for 75 years.  In 2013, Helen died on July 16th, Les died the following day, July 17th. The couple met in high school, and found great joy in the life they created together.

Both families celebrated the couples love and their life together and honored them with joint memorial services. Celebrate Me Home creates unique memorials that honor a life’s legacy. We collaborate with families to create meaningful ceremonies, living life celebrations, memorials to honor a lost loved one and celebrations of life on birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Contact Celebrate Me Home for more information, or visit us at www.celebratemehomect.com

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Sad, Dark and Gloomy

Funeral homes around the country are experiencing up to a 27% decrease in business revenue. The October 17, 2013 FuneralOne.com blog stated 5 reasons for funeral home failure.  Coming in at number 4, Poor Communication.  In 1-3 words, 500 consumers were asked to describe their last funeral home experience.  The results were jaw dropping.

sad,dark,gloomyWords like sad and depressing seem normal enough.  After all, you are there to say goodbye to a loved one. However; words like scary, gloomy, pricey and bad are not the words most people want to be used when remembering their final goodbyes.  Non-traditional memorial services by-pass the funeral home experience.  Celebrate Me Home develops unique personalized memorial services. Working together with you and your family we handle all the details to saying goodbye in a respectful way. Honoring a life’s legacy.  No gloomy allowed!

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Honoring Our Veterans

At exactly 11 AM, every November 11th, members from each United States military branch assemble at Arlington National Cemetery and render a heart moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

UnknownTombIn 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill honoring the observance of Veteran’s Day.  Unlike Memorial Day, that only honors America’s fallen soldiers, Veteran’s Day was created to honor all personal that serve or have served in our countries military.

This Veteran’s day, enjoy the day off and the parades, but please remember to honor the brave and valiant people who choose to protect our homes, our freedoms and our country. God Bless America!

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A Major Undertaking: Rethinking the Funeral

Gone are dimly lit funeral homes with the cloying smell of flowers and gloomy organ music, where family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances march solemnly by a casket. The cookie cutter funeral was created and no one complained.  But now, enter Celebrate Me Home.  

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70 million of America’s baby boomers are turning 65.  But as with everything else in their lives, these individuals are approaching retirement and their “golden years” with a zest for change.

This generation has had an impact for change on every aspect and milestone in their lives. They have forced change with their views on the environment, travel, healthcare and now, death.

Boomers want to be remembered in a positive way. They want their life to be celebrated in a treasured place that holds wonderful memories, surrounded by family and friends laughing, listening to favorite music and enjoying favorite foods.

Collaborating with you, Celebrate Me Home creates unique, personalized memorial services.  We provide all the services funeral homes do and even more for those wishing to bypass the traditional funeral. 

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Good Grief!

 

Good Grief

The loss of a loved one is inevitable, followed by the feeling of grief, which is unavoidable. For some of us, our instinct might be to avoid it. Resulting in prolonging the grief we feel, sometimes extending it by a full year or more. Therefore, it is crucial to allow yourself to feel and express your grief from the beginning.

Learning to cope with grief can be challenging, but it allows us to put our loss into perspective and remember our relationships. Grief is a very personal process, but overwhelmingly research shows that memorializing a loved one aids in the process of healing.

You can ease your grief through pre-planning.  By pre-planning, our Memorial Planners will help ensure final wishes will be met. This gives families the ability to cope with the loss and reminisce with friends and family.

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