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Unique Celebration of Life Ideas from Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynold’s Funeral Services

We lost Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher the wonderful  mother and daughter Hollywood duo within a day of each other. Their private and public funeral services contained some creative life celebration ideas to commemorate their remarkable lives that might inspire you.

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, what a mother-daughter force!

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Are you ready to celebrate life with a New Orleans Jazz Funeral?

When we think of New Orleans we think of a party.  They have a tradition in New Orleans that you may want to emulate; it’s called a Jazz Funeral and a second line parade.  To celebrate their loved ones departure it’s popular to have what’s called a Jazz Funeral and when community members join in it’s called a second line parade or if you are the person joining in you are a “second liner”.

It’s customary to carry a portrait of the deceased in a second line. What a great way to celebrate life!

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What to say when you are scattering a loved one’s ashes?

 

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Final word to her mother before scattering her ashes. It’s never easy finding the right words to say at such an emotional time.

This poem or verse was written by Jennifer Levenson,  for the spreading of her father’s ashes. Jennifer generously offered it to us in the hopes that others might find it useful. We both hope you will find it helpful when you are  looking for what to say as you  scatter a loved one’s ashes.

At the End
Jennifer Levenson 2008

We stand as testament to your will
That governs us post mortem still
You wanted that we bring you here
In words unambivalent and clear
To spend your afterlife at ease
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Funeral or Legacy Instead? Anna Dewdney Chooses to Create A Legacy

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Writer Anna Dewdney asks people to celebrate her life by reading a book to a child.

One of the glaring changes in the end of life arena is the change in emphasis from whether to bury or cremate to how to create a legacy.

Before the 1975 only 6% of the US population was cremated, but today it’s about 45%. With the emphasis being less about caskets, body viewing, tombstones and buying a  grave site, the new focus is how to create a legacy.  I’m seeing baby boomers in some way, even a small way, wanting to leave a mark on the people who knew them and perhaps even those who didn’t.   Continue reading

Funeral Idea for Father or Brother- How to keep their memory alive

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A memory chair is a great way to keep a loved one’s spirit alive

I came across this photo of a baseball hat on a chair and thought what a great idea to keep a loved one’s memory alive after a funeral or celebration of life. Wouldn’t it be great to take his or her baseball cap or favorite hat around to all the places where family and mutual friends gather?  A sign could also be placed on the chair next to the hat.

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Memory Chair Tribute with Flowers

When people walk by they will share special memories. What places would you take the hat? For more creative funeral ideas click here.