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Karen Dorau
B: 1951-03-16
D: 2017-12-12
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Dorau, Karen
Phillip Slinger
B: 1934-09-16
D: 2017-12-11
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Slinger, Phillip
Helen Nelson
B: 1913-08-02
D: 2017-12-11
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Nelson, Helen
Vernon Silbernagel
B: 1928-05-11
D: 2017-12-11
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Silbernagel, Vernon
Dorothy Rosik
B: 1929-03-29
D: 2017-12-11
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Rosik, Dorothy
Diane Vos
B: 1950-08-28
D: 2017-12-11
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Vos, Diane
Agnes Thomson
B: 1922-05-08
D: 2017-12-09
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Thomson, Agnes
Jeanette Wotachek
B: 1955-07-28
D: 2017-12-08
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Wotachek, Jeanette
Betty Jones
D: 2017-12-08
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Jones, Betty
Bernice Hendricks
B: 1927-12-18
D: 2017-12-06
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Hendricks, Bernice
Annice De Cleene
B: 1943-10-01
D: 2017-12-06
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De Cleene, Annice
Mary Cenefelt
B: 1930-06-18
D: 2017-12-06
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Cenefelt, Mary
Joseph Pranke
B: 1961-05-31
D: 2017-12-06
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Pranke, Joseph
William Zaborowske
B: 1960-02-13
D: 2017-12-05
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Zaborowske, William
Nicole Douglas
B: 1969-08-04
D: 2017-12-03
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Douglas, Nicole
Jim Norder
D: 2017-12-01
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Norder, Jim
Nancy Jacques
B: 1941-10-04
D: 2017-11-28
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Jacques, Nancy
Susan Brys
B: 1946-11-01
D: 2017-11-28
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Brys, Susan
Thomas Lynn
D: 2017-11-27
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Lynn , Thomas
Jane Brazee
B: 1941-09-23
D: 2017-11-25
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Brazee, Jane
Helen Smits
B: 1936-09-29
D: 2017-11-25
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Smits, Helen

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How to Plan a Celebration of Life

As the popularity of cremation continues to rise, more and more families are moving away from holding traditional funerals or ceremonies and are opting for celebrations of life instead. A celebration of life is an opportunity for friends and relatives to pay tribute to a loved one while saying goodbye in a uniquely personal way. As you explore ideas for a service, consider what the deceased would enjoy, but also ensure you meet the emotional and spiritual needs of your guests.

Not only does a celebration of life provide your family with the opportunity to be more creative than a traditional funeral, it also allows you more time to plan the event. With most funerals, there is a small window of time to care for the remains and gathers guests to say goodbye. A celebration of life eliminates the stress of rushing to plan an event as they can be held days, weeks or even months after the remains have been cared for. This means you can take your time to make sure your family celebrates the life of your loved one and gives them the goodbye they deserve.

This kind of event also allows you to involve more people in the planning process. For many, the sudden loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and stressful. Because there is no rush to hold a celebration of life, your family can deal with the initial grief of your loss before working together to plan a celebratory event. This means you can involve more people in the planning process and schedule it at a time that is the most convenient for your guests.

Celebration of Life Checklist & Ideas

1. Who will be invited?
The number of guests define the where, when, and how of your celebration of life. Write down the names of everyone you think would want to be there and then set it aside. You can add new names to the list as you go along.


2. Where, and when, should the event take place?
Here's where your imagination is tempered by any scheduling or travel-related issues facing those who will be invited. Be sure to check in with out-of-town relatives and friends about their situation before settling on these critical details.


3. Who will orchestrate or conduct the event?
If your loved one was religious, you may opt to have their pastor or church minister perform these tasks. However, many families today hire a non-denominational celebrant to oversee the celebration of life.


4. Who wishes to speak at the event?
Many times family members or friends will be very direct about their desire to make a short presentation at the celebration of life; other times you need to come out and ask folks if they would be willing to publicly share their thoughts and feelings. Either way, you'll want to select those people who have shared a close relationship with the deceased and have something meaningful to contribute.


5. What group activities would be appropriate?
We've heard some exciting celebration of life ideas over the years. This question involves thinking about what your loved one liked most about their life and gives everyone a remarkable space to share memories, laugh, and even cry together.


6. What food or beverages should be served?
What you serve may depend on the theme of your celebration of life, or may be based on your loved one's favorite dishes. It's entirely up to you; we've even seen "pot luck" celebrations of life where guests actually sign up to bring select foods and beverages.


7. What readings and music should you include?
Music is an integral part of life for many people, and a celebration of life is the perfect event in which to showcase the meaningful music of your loved one's life. But, if your loved one didn't appreciate music (and lots of folks don’t), it may be more appropriate to read chosen spiritual selections, or excerpts from literature.


8. What details of your loved one's life do you want to share with guests?
Not every biographical detail needs to be highlighted; rather you're trying to capture their essence by telling revealing anecdotes or stories. Sometimes you can reveal their character by detailing one short moment in their life experience.


9. What decorations will you have?
Many families create a tribute video and use it as the centerpiece of the event. Others choose to use a memory table of photographs and other memorabilia instead.


 

 

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We know that's a lot to think about. But we urge you to take your time; be thoughtful, and don't hesitate to explore all the celebrations of life ideas which arise as part of this experience.

As we've said, we've got the experience which could make planning a celebration of life easier for you and your family. Don't hesitate to pick up the phone; call us at 920-336-8702. Let's talk about your loved one's life; share some stories with us. We're confident that, together, we can come up with the perfect celebration of life event to suit your needs and expectations.

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