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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

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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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.

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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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We Can Be Anything We Want To Be!

Cremation is on the rise. Cremation costs approximately $5,000 less than a traditional funeral with burial, even though for some this is the driving factor, for others it means a more natural approach to death and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Celebrate Me Home realizes that death is personal. The cremation option allows for personalization and flexibility for families to honor their lost loved one on their terms.

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A chart that shows the growth of cremation

The increase in the cremation rate is projecting that “1 out of 2 Americans” will be cremated by 2017. No longer will we have the time constraints traditional funerals forced on us. Cremation allows us to be more creative in how we want to be remembered. For instance, George Alan Thompson II, Big Al, was a fishing enthusiast; now his cremains are a reef in his favorite fishing spot. His wife felt a sense of joy knowing for eternity Big Al would be a natural part of an environment he always loved.

With cremation, you can keep your loved one with you or send them into space. You can show case them in an urn that reflects a favorite hobby, sport or rock band. You can create a piece of garden art or beautiful jewelry, or you can choose a bio-degradable urn made of paper and embedded with flower seeds ready to plant. Your wishes will be met with Celebrate Me Home.  Only your imagination limits your celebration.

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Food and Funerals

 

BrokenHeartRitualistically 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.

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