Tag Archives: celebration of life

Funeral or Legacy Instead? Anna Dewdney Chooses to Create A Legacy

Anna Dewdney

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

The Dash Between Poem

Below you will find the poem, The Dash Between which has become a popular poem to read at a funeral, memorial service or celebration of life. You can find a wonderful selection of free poems for a funeral, memorial service or celebration of life that you may be planning here.

The Dash Between
Ron Tranmer©

I knelt there at the headstone
of one I love and cried.
Name with dates of birth and death
were perfectly inscribed.
I pondered these two dates
and how little they both mean
when compared to the tiny dash
that lies there in between. Continue reading

Hunter Biden’s Eulogy for his Brother, Beau Biden

By guest contributor,  Charlie Klein

Hunter Biden at his brother's funeral

Hunter Biden remembers his brother, Beau Biden, in a heartfelt eulogy.

It’s hard to know someone without actually meeting him. However, a good story about an individual enables the listener to have insight into that person. After listening to Hunter Biden’s emotional eulogy of his brother, Beau Biden, I felt like I knew Beau on a personal level.

My favorite line from the eulogy is, “But, to me, my brother is not defined by his extraordinary resume, he is defined by the quality of his character.”   Continue reading

A Creative Idea for a Celebration of Life

guitar_funeral_ideaIf your loved one played a musical instrument, consider having friends and family write their sentiments on their favorite instrument. Just provide a Sharpie marker. The instrument then becomes a treasured keepsake. You could also use a drum, violin, bass or any other musical instrument.

Five Uplifting Funeral Songs that Turn a Funeral into a Celebration of Life

The following songs have uplifting lyrics that may relate to the life that your loved one led.

 1. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey Featuring Boyz II Men

This song  uplifts the spirit with a chorus of  “and I know eventually we’ll be together, one sweet day.” This may bring some peace as family and friends grieve. Continue reading