A few years ago, my paternal grandmother passed away after a long and grueling illness – first battling breast cancer and later leukemia. She was a strong woman and put up a good fight, never letting her diagnosis or treatment keep her from enjoying everyday life. But, in 2014, the doctors ran out of options and she ran out of time. After a brief hospice stay, she passed away in early November – with grandpa holding her hand.
Great title makes you want to read this obituary
My brother Joe recently sent me an article about how to write an obituary. The article was an interesting interview of two professional obituary writers, Maureen O’Donnell and Linnea Crowther who both write obituaries for the Chicago Sun-Times and Legacy.com
I thought my readers would find it helpful to hear what professional obituary writers suggest when writing a memorable obituary.
Are you looking for some cool funeral ideas that will turn the funeral you are planning into a memorable celebration of life?
1. Use Memory Stones to Create a Special Tribute
Cool Funeral idea, have guests write a tribute on memory stones
Use memory stones as a guest book. At the memorial service friends and family are invited to write on the memory stones. You can then keep the stones and remember the tributes people made to your loved one. The memory stones would be nice to add to the base of a plant in your home or garden. It’s a beautiful way to keep the memory of the departed alive. You can find memorial memory stones here. Continue reading
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Create beautiful memory boards
Memory boards, what a perfect idea for a celebration of life. It adds such a personal touch to have memory boards at a funeral. Often the funeral collages are placed on or next to memory tables. Friends and family will stop at the funeral picture boards and reminisce.
We offer a kit that contains tasteful images, 4×6 frames, photo corners and 3D embellishments to create professional looking funeral picture boards that you will be proud to display.
The memory board kits contain tasteful embellishments
We know you will probably need to make the memory boards pretty quickly so we offer overnight shipping.
The only thing you will need are two foam core boards (available at Target, Walmart and most office supply stores).
Call attention to photos of your loved one with these memorial board frames
The memory board kit with images, frames, 3D images and photo corners
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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