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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, America’s Baby Boomer eco-conscious population will be noted in history as the generation responsible for changing the world.
Boomers 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.
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.
When you lose a loved one, you realize two things, life is fragile and temporary and you are forced to face your own mortality.
When 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.
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.
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 your 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!
Celebrate Me Home’s memorial planning guide
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?
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.
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.”
Different 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!”
Ritualistically speaking, food has a strong affect on the healing process and grief. Through food we develop and maintain ties to each other. Delivering food is a way to provide support to a family who has suffered a loss.
To show their love and support families turn to preferred dishes, such as: casseroles, baked hams, and trays of lasagna, cookies, cakes and pies. Given the importance of food and the family history it can provide, it often becomes a major part of the memorial and healing process.
The choice of food sent means, “You are missed”. The choice of food served at the service says, “You are family”, and the food stored in the freezer to be eaten at a later time says, “You are in our thoughts.”
Celebrate Me Home offers a wide variety of food and gift items that can be shipped around the country. Visit the “Sympathy Gifts” page at www.celebratemehomect.com for ideas.
In Monica Williams-Murphy’s recent article, How Baby Boomers Will Change End of Life Care, she writes “expect more non-traditional, cost conscious funeral preparations”. Monica tells the story of how she and her husband drove his deceased father in a full-sized casket across multiple states in an SUV to save on flight costs for the casket and her family. She said it “turned into a trip that gave final closure to the whole family, saved thousands of dollars, and felt like an adventure!”
Monica’s story highlights that Baby Boomers, are used to doing it their own way and changing every consumer service they use, are opting for less traditional send-offs. Sometimes the reasons are economical but oftentimes the driving factor in shying away from the traditional funeral is a desire to focus more on the life of the person and not the body.
Enter Celebrate Me Home ®. A company created to support boomers and families that want an alternative to the traditional funeral. Baby boomers also want to check things off the list now, so we help those preplanning their funeral or assist families after a loss.
A Memorial Reef
Whether you want something small, quiet and reserved – or over the top like a Memorial Reef– Celebrate Me Home® can make a seemingly daunting task simple. There are several Memorial Themes to help guide in preplanning, or you can create something completely unique that matches your life and personality.
When it’s time, CMH will coordinate with family and friends to be sure everything comes off just as you planned.