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.
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.
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.
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.
No matter how you choose to remember your Mom on this Mothers Day. Remember, she’s your Mom; she loves you no matter what!
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.
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.
We all have a special purpose, so we should share the meaning of our lives and celebrate with family and friends. Everyone has a unique story to tell, so why should we end that story with a mundane closing (funeral)?
The Baby Boomer generation has led the charge from the traditional, cookie-cutter funeral to a one of a kind celebration of life. Get this, the family of a nurse that passed away, recently, didn’t just throw the traditional flowers on the casket. But, also placed bandages on her casket. The Band-Aids were symbolic of her life’s work and the gift of healing and the comfort she brought to so many.
Creating a celebration of life that exudes your loved one’s life and passions help those left behind. Being able to celebrate a loved one’s death honors their life’s journey.
Celebrate Me Home ™ will work with you to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates your loved one’s life. After all, we need to celebrate the individual’s time on earth and what they meant to us. They would want it that way.