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.
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
If you knew you would be gone soon, would you have one last party – to say good-bye and enjoy your friends? This woman wants just that, a Living Memorial.
She is not alone, many people agree with her – they want a big bash, but only if they can be there for it.
Whether you are planning your own life celebration with a Living Memorial, or getting your affairs in order to make it easier on your loved ones, Celebrate Me Home can help. We can help you plan ahead, or manage all the details at the time of a loss; you are not alone. We are here to support you.
Most major life events are planned – birthdays, weddings, mitzvahs, reunions, graduations, retirement.
“The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin
Death and taxes are inevitable – you plan for taxes, whether you are a do-it-yourself person, or you hire an expert. So why not plan a life celebration in advance? We say, let’s do it!
By planning ahead, you get what you want. There’s no guessing left to grieving family members, what would he or she want? You’ve already worked out the details with a Celebrate Me Home® Memorial Event Planner– including funding your life celebration. Your family can focus on the fun memories of you and the wonderful life you had.
It’s estimated there are about 150 decisions and tasks to complete in the first 24-48 hours after a death. It’s no wonder 35% of funerals are preplanned and the number is growing. Planning ahead takes the pressure off loved ones, and leaves you feeling confident that everything is in order. It also ensures that money is spent on what’s important to you and that no one is pressured into unwanted services or options.
Whether you want something small, quiet and reserved – or over the top like Robert Duval’s character Felix Bush in the movie Get Low – Celebrate Me Home® knows how to 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.