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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/

Taboo Talk

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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