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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


My Wonderful Godfather
Thomas Kennedy Helm III

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

Having a Funeral or a celebration of your life BEFORE you die

I hope to have the opportunity to have a large gathering of my friends and family for a party before I die. In the case of Scott Nelson, he was lucky enough to have a celebration of his life three weeks before he passed away. Continue reading

A Great Creative Way to Capture Memories of a Loved One

Large martini glass to hold memories of your loved one. What a great idea for a funeral service or Celebration of Life.

I was inspired today by a customer who told me she was planning her mother-in-law’s funeral and she came up with a great idea. Her mother-in-law loved to drink martinis, so she is going to have friends and family write their memories on a nice piece of cardstock, and then they will put their memories in an oversized martini glass.

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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