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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.

The Value of Conversation

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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

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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Spiritually up-lifting balloon release ceremony

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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Congratulations Celebrate Me Home!

The votes are in! Celebrate Me Home is the recipient of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau’s 2013 Business/Consumer Education Award.

BBBThis prestigious award is given to businesses that have proven to provide high ethical standards while conducting their services and educating consumers and companies on topics related to their industry of expertise.

Celebrate Me Home has been recognized for its proven commitment to providing compassionate support and guidance to their families. Celebrate Me Home is passionate about empowering the community, providing them with valuable information about the funeral industry. Making available the wide variety of choices to the consumer, helping families make choices based on fact and avoid “emotional over spending” in times of stress. By partnering with business who share the same high ethical standards, Celebrate Me Home helps to promote high industry standards

Celebrate Me Home offers a Journaling program to Senior Centers around Fairfield County, Honoring a Life’s Legacy Through Journaling. This program provides seniors with theCongratsCMH opportunity to reflect on their lives and record meaningful memories to impart insight and joy. This allows for seniors to share family history and start the conversation on how they would like to be remembered. Celebrate me home helps seniors become an active part in their end of life planning which helps ease the stress of decision making and provides peace of mind for family members.

Celebrate Me Home’s Anticipatory Grief program is designed to aid family and paid caregivers, offering solutions on starting conversations about how one would like to be remembered, providing materials for ease in preplanning and educating on the importance of the memorial process as it is related to grief.  Proving that participating in a memorial ceremony provides a sense of closure, allows for families and friends to share loving memories, creates a support system and shortens the grieving period.

Whether you have just lost a loved one, anticipating a loss or are ready to start the preplanning process, Celebrate Me Home is here to support you. Our compassionate Memorial Planners are here to guide you every step of the way. For more information visit, www.celebratemehomect.com.  If you need immediate assistance, please call (203) 221-6885.

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