Photo of me, Debby Bloom and my father, Sam Bloom
At the end of a long life, it seems to be a goal in most families to get to the dying before they take their last breath. Actually, “just” before a person dies. Last thoughts, farewells, favorite memories, going through old photos together—all reminders of a life well lived. Continue reading
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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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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
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.
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.