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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/

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

caring cards fanCelebrate Me Home is a unique end of life service that supports families in preplanning and at the time of a loss.  As a Memorial Planner, it is my responsibility to gather personal information regarding their funeral and cremation wishes.CMH-Planning-Guide-140x180

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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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

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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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.

                                                               

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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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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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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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“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”

Just like in every aspect of their lives, Baby Boomers strive for control over their end-of-life decisions.

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Boomers want to be remembered for the way they lived.  They want their final remembrance to be a “Life Celebration”, focusing on the positive aspects and achievements of their lives. Gone are the somber traditional funeral services of their parent’s generations, where mourners wept over the embalmed body.

Nothing intimidates their celebration, not even the prospect of death. Funeral Homes have reported a 10.2% increase in their preplanning revenue, with their average customer being 63 years old. Pre-planning insures you will be remembered how you choose. Boomers also find great satisfaction knowing their families’ responsibilities will be eased in their time of loss.

The trend is for a more personalized ceremony that honors the life. Contact Celebrate Me Home for more information on how to preplan a unique memorial ceremony that is designed to represent your individuality.

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