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Mary Kay
B: 1935-10-14
D: 2018-11-13
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Kay, Mary
Ruth Adams
B: 1932-10-01
D: 2018-11-13
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Adams, Ruth
Debra van Groningen
B: 1969-12-17
D: 2018-11-12
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van Groningen, Debra
Cindy Berlinger
B: 1955-01-12
D: 2018-11-07
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Berlinger, Cindy
Shirley Rayfield
B: 1935-02-04
D: 2018-11-06
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Rayfield, Shirley
Jane Williamson
B: 1944-02-20
D: 2018-11-05
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Williamson, Jane
Jaroslav Halamay
B: 1923-10-28
D: 2018-10-30
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Halamay, Jaroslav
Emily Hind
B: 1995-02-28
D: 2018-10-30
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Hind, Emily
Betty Sumner
B: 1928-08-11
D: 2018-10-28
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Sumner, Betty
David "Kirk" Martin
B: 1961-08-26
D: 2018-10-26
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Martin, David "Kirk"
Scott Pickard
B: 1968-10-30
D: 2018-10-17
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Pickard, Scott
Mary Tomlinson
B: 1956-05-08
D: 2018-09-28
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Tomlinson, Mary
Joyce Foster
B: 1931-05-23
D: 2018-09-27
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Foster, Joyce
Carolyn Brawn
B: 1922-06-13
D: 2018-09-27
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Brawn, Carolyn
Marvin Bulgin
B: 1935-09-02
D: 2018-09-27
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Bulgin, Marvin
Ivan Salapura
B: 1939-05-06
D: 2018-09-25
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Salapura, Ivan
Gabriel Bruneau
B: 1925-04-24
D: 2018-09-23
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Bruneau, Gabriel
Randall Cook
B: 1948-09-16
D: 2018-09-18
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Cook, Randall
Anthony Bond
B: 1934-03-25
D: 2018-09-13
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Bond, Anthony
Irene McNarry
B: 1945-01-08
D: 2018-09-11
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McNarry, Irene
Claudette Ellerbeck
B: 1962-04-24
D: 2018-09-07
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Ellerbeck, Claudette

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What Is A Memorial Service?

Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn may be present).  A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church or a community hall. There is usually music, selected readings and a eulogy.  Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration of life.

Why a Memorial Service?

Rather than opting to do things "the same old way", many families today want to celebratethe life of a loved one. Many funeral service professionals see this change as one of the many contributions to social change made by 'Baby Boomers'. The National Funeral Directors Association notes, "As baby boomers age and find themselves having to plan funerals for loved ones and themselves, they are making funeral choices based on values that are different than previous generations. Baby boomers see funerals as a valuable part of the grieving process and are seeking ways to make them meaningful." If you too desire to make the funeral for a loved one more engaging and personally meaningful, a celebration-of-life may be the perfect concept to build on.

How Does a Celebration-of-Life Differ from a Traditional Funeral?

As mentioned in the page Traditional Funeral Services, there are four basic components which make up the conventional approach to funerals:

  1.  A Visitation
  2. The Funeral Service
  3. A Committal Service
  4. The Funeral Reception

A traditional funeral then is a series of events; it's a ritualized process where the deceased, and the attendees, pass from one social status to another; a process where the torn fabric of a family and community is repaired. According to the online article "Six Characteristics of Helpful Ceremonies", by William Hoy, Director of Grief Connect, this is done by including:

  1. Symbols of shared significance intended to communicate beyond words
  2. Ritual actions shared by a group of individuals
  3. Gathered people providing comfort to one another
  4. Connection to heritage through recognized readings
  5. Increased physical contact between attendees provide comfort
  6. Witnessing the transition of the body through burial or cremation

In knowing these characteristics, you can design a celebration-of-life–as unique as the life of your loved. Learn how to create a Celebration of Life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more meaning than a traditional funeral.   This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements.  By displaying belongings, achievements and photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • • What did your loved one like to do?
  • • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

We're Here to Advise, Assist, and Guide You

Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one.  Please give us a call to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.