Category Archives: Funeral Planning

How I Planned a Memorial Candle Lighting For My Young Friend Forrest

Forrest and I Cropped 2

Forrest (Left) and me before Prom
Forrest Peck 1989-2013

Guest Contributor:  CJ Doherty Age:  23

On February 3, 2013, I lost one of my best friends, Forrest Peck.  Forrest was the first person to offer me his friendship and guidance when I changed schools my senior year of high school.   He died in a car crash at the age of 23.  I got the call from my friend that he had passed and it hit me hard. Continue reading

My Godfather’s Funeral That Touched My Heart

1947-2013

My Wonderful Godfather
Thomas Kennedy Helm III
1947-2013

Guest Contributor: Gussie Jonckheer age 28

On March 15, 2013 the world lost a true Southern gentleman, Thomas Kennedy Helm III. Thomas was an amazing lawyer and I was lucky enough to have him as my godfather. He unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 66. The moment I found out about his death, I was planning my trip to Louisville, KY to be a part of the Celebration of his Life and what a beautiful celebration it was. Continue reading

Daughter Writes the Perfect Obituary for Her Father

Amanda Lewis with her Dad Harry Stamps. What a great final tribute she paid to him

Amanda Lewis with her Dad Harry Stamps. What a great final tribute she paid to him

When it came time to write her father’s obituary, Amanda Lewis said, “I don’t understand why people do a résumé for an obituary. It never captures the spirit of the person. My dad had such a big spirit. He had such a big personality. And I didn’t think listing where he went to college and his résumé would do him justice. I liked the idea of setting it up as kind of a contrast where at first you think it’ll be a pretentious obituary — everyone’s great when they die in an obituary — and then I tried to use what would have been his sense of humor to describe my dad. And clearly it worked. I was pleased with it.”

Here’s how it started:

“Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.” Continue reading

Unique idea in Lieu of Flowers, Create your own Funeral Flowers and Add Photos


It’s so common now for people to write, “In lieu of flowers….” Let’s not get rid of flowers all together, instead consider this DIY option. Continue reading

Great Idea for Kids Dealing with Grief, Also Keep them Busy at the Life Celebration

Wondering what to do with children at the memorial service, funeral or life celebration that you are planning? Grief experts have found that children process their feeling and emotions through art. Provide paper, markers, and a table and chairs for children to draw while the service is taking place.

Emila's drawing as a tribute to her Grandpa

Experts have found that children express their grief through art. Arrange a table at the celebration of life for the kids to draw pictures.

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