Category Archives: Funerals in the News

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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Planning that final party, from a funeral to a Celebration of Life; Some Good Ideas

Ebell of Los Angels for a Celebration of Life

Margaret Goldsmith selected the Ebell of Los Angeles as the venue for her celebration of life.

Today I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal titled, Planning That Final Party, Funerals are changing – and people are taking matters into their own hands
The writer talks about her friend Margaret who was battling cancer, and spent hours on the phone with her sister planning every detail of her memorial service. She considered herself the ultimate party planner, and she had some talent in the family with her husband being a cinematographer and her brother-in-law a screenwriter. Continue reading

How Dan Wheldon’s Funeral Was Turned into a Celebration of his Life – Good Ideas to inspire you

Dan Wheldon's Celebration of Life

I thought you might gleam some ideas of how they turned Dan Wheldon’s funeral into a celebration of his life. As you probably know, Dan Wheldon was an English race car driver. He was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion, and winner of the Indianapolis 500 in both 2005 and 2011. Wheldon died from injuries shortly after a collision at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, at the age of 33.
There were several elements of his celebration of life that may help you create a few ideas of your own as you go about planning a celebration of life. Continue reading

More People Opting to be Cremated Because of Fluffy

Mary and Kelly at our favorite place- Baker Beach in San Francisco

Mary and Kelly at our favorite place- Baker Beach in San Francisco

My sister sent me an article recently about the growing trend of people requesting to be buried in a pet cemetery next to their beloved pet. It makes me think how far we’ve come. In 1985 only 15% of people were cremated and today the number is 47%. I’d love to know how many people were cremated in 1985 and then were joined with their departed pet. Continue reading

Celebrating Jesse Valadez’s Passion, A Fitting Send Off

Armando Valadez Kisses Jesse Valadez's Casket

Armando Valadez kisses the casket of his brother Jesse Valadez at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” Hebbel

I read today that Jesse Valadez passed away.  Though I never had the chance to meet him, my guess is if I had, I would quickly have known what his passion was…  lowriding cars. Continue reading