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Obituaries

Ruby Thacker
B: 1931-06-04
D: 2017-12-11
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Thacker, Ruby
Helen Bailey
B: 1937-10-15
D: 2017-12-10
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Bailey, Helen
Holiday Remembrance Service 2017
D: 2017-12-07
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2017, Holiday Remembrance Service
Dorothy "Dottie" Finizio
B: 1935-07-03
D: 2017-12-01
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Finizio, Dorothy "Dottie"
Esther Wilkin
B: 1921-09-09
D: 2017-11-21
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Wilkin, Esther
Joseph Hutcheson
B: 1977-09-12
D: 2017-11-16
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Hutcheson, Joseph
Robert "Bob" Gaeke
B: 1929-04-25
D: 2017-11-13
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Gaeke, Robert "Bob"
Frank Luhn
B: 1931-12-09
D: 2017-11-03
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Luhn, Frank
Verda Wilhelm
B: 1928-11-28
D: 2017-11-03
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Wilhelm, Verda
Teddy Cooper
B: 1941-05-15
D: 2017-11-01
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Cooper, Teddy
Emma Whitt
B: 1928-05-23
D: 2017-10-26
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Whitt, Emma
Charlotte "Dean" Staley
B: 1930-04-25
D: 2017-10-23
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Staley, Charlotte "Dean"
Lois Marshall
B: 1944-08-25
D: 2017-10-23
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Marshall, Lois
Beverly Peckolt
B: 1938-04-16
D: 2017-10-10
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Peckolt, Beverly
Caleigh Faith Hildebrandt
B: 1993-07-27
D: 2017-10-05
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Hildebrandt, Caleigh Faith
Dottie Hubbell
B: 1946-09-23
D: 2017-10-02
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Hubbell, Dottie
Hughie Russell
B: 1938-01-10
D: 2017-10-01
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Russell, Hughie
Robert Barnes
B: 1937-10-28
D: 2017-09-26
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Barnes, Robert
Donald Moore
B: 1919-08-11
D: 2017-09-25
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Moore, Donald
Eric Wright
B: 1969-01-01
D: 2017-09-25
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Wright, Eric
James White
B: 1934-02-01
D: 2017-09-21
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White, James

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Celebration of Life Information

Many families today want a service which celebrates the life of their loved one. We introduce them to the concept of a celebration of life, and provide support in designing a celebration-of-life that is as unique as the life of their loved one.  

We always enjoy working together with families in planning a celebration-of-life for their loved one. While it can be a challenge to put together an event that both pays tribute to and celebrates the life and spirit of, a complex individual; it's also one of the most rewarding things any one of us can do for someone we've loved and lost.

Sarah York, opens her beautifully-crafted book, Remembering Well, with the very personal story about how her family chose to pay tribute to her mother. "My mother died in April 1983. . . she didn't want a funeral. 'Get together and have a party,' she had said when the topic was allowed to come up." However, she was quick to tell readers that the survivors did not honor the request. "We needed the ritual. We needed to say good-bye, but we also needed a ritual that would honor her spirit and would be faithful to her values and beliefs."

When Ms. York acknowledge the position of her family; that they needed not a party but a ritual; she teaches us all something important: the celebration-of-life events we plan with families should be shaped as much by their own emotional and spiritual needs, as their desire to celebrate the life lived.

While celebrations-of-life are not burdened by social expectations—they can be pretty much anything you want them to be—it's important to realize that the event you're planning should meet the emotional needs of the guests. So, think about exactly who will be there, and what they're likely to want or need. Then, bring in those unique lifestyle and personality characteristics of the deceased; perhaps add live music or refreshments, and you've got the beginnings of a remarkable celebration-of-life.

Celebrations-of-life are intended to lift everyone's spirits by focusing on positive memories. And as we wrote in the above introduction, if you'd like to learn more about celebrations-of-life, we invite you to read our 9 Steps to Planning a Celebration of Life. There you'll discover how our experience in arranging and hosting celebrations-of-life will guide you in the process.


An Example of a Celebration of Life

A great example of a celebration of life is one that has been planned for a man in Lancashire, England. Although he has not passed away yet, Malcolm Brocklehurst has already made arrangements for his celebration of life ceremony when he passes away. Mr. Brocklehurst has even gone as far as holding a dress rehearsal with family and friends to ensure everyone understands how he would like to have his life celebrated.

To read the full article about Mr. Brocklehurst’s celebration of life, click here.

The most important thing to remember when planning a celebration of life is that it reflects your loved one’s passions. Mr. Brocklehurst has long been a supporter of Blackpool FC and a flying enthusiast. To reflect this during his celebration of life, his body will be dressed in his favorite soccer teams orange uniform and taken in an airplane shaped casket to the soccer team’s stadium, Bloomfield Park.

Afterwards, the plane casket will be loaded onto a truck to be taken to the crematorium. Before the truck leaves though, friends and family will be invited to share memories of Malcolm and spin his casket’s propeller to “fly him to the moon”.

Mr. Brocklehurst has also instructed that there should be no tears during the celebration of life. He does not want others to dwell on his death but rather rejoice in what happened during his life.

The plans Mr. Brocklehurst has made to pay tribute to his life should serve as a great reference when families are planning a celebration of life. The entire service is arranged around celebrating what he loved and what made him unique.

Sources:
Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life & Mourning Death, Sara York

Happy funerals: A celebration of life?, Jon Kelly - BBC News Magazine
 

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