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Final Celebrations

Final End of Life celebrations are an important part of our culture.  Final celebrations, much like our ever-changing culture are evolving.

End of Life celebrations are commemorative events held to honor a loved one’s passing.  Final celebrations reflect the unique personality and life of the deceased.  Some End of Life celebration examples:

  • A traditional funeral service or ceremony
  • A less formal, more personal setting
  • Receptions or memorial services
  • Customized music, food, venues

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Final End of Life celebrations have evolved due to technological innovation, changing attitudes and styles, and an influx of new traditions.

New and Old Traditions
End of Life celebrations are commemorative events held to honor a loved one’s passing.  Final celebrations include distinctive elements that reflect the unique personality of your deceased loved one.  End of Life celebrations may include:

  • A traditional funeral service or ceremony
  • A less formal, more personal setting
  • Receptions or memorial services
  • Personalized elements to reflect preferences in music, food, venue, decorations, flowers, and more.

Celebration Planning Considerations
To plan an End of Life celebration for yourself or a loved one, consider these questions:

  • What kind of event would best honor and reflect my loved one’s life?
  • Would a funeral service, memorial service or other service option be most appropriate?
  • What options should I consider for my deceased loved one’s remains?
  • What are the financial costs?

Attendees and Roles
Select family and friends be part of the End of Life celebration.  You will want to consider speakers or readers, someone to deliver the eulogy, and an officiator for whatever type of event you decide to hold.  There may be additional roles to consider, depending on the type of event.

Celebration Venues
Depending on your preference or the deceased’s residence, there are many options for funeral or memorial locations.  Traditional locations include a church, graveside funeral, funeral home, or even the home of a loved one.  Non-traditional venues can include indoor and outdoor venues, such as parks, beaches, restaurants, hotels, private clubs or even wineries.

Expense Planning
Setting an End of Life celebration budget may seem like a major challenge.  However, there are multiple ways to financially prepare.  Once you have determined the type of celebration you want, establishing a funeral insurance policy, or pre-paid funeral account may help ease the emotional and financial burden that will accompany loved ones’ grief.

Honoring Personal Wishes
No matter how you choose to make it a special and personal event, an End of Life celebration can offer inspiring and unique ways to honor and remember your deceased loved ones.  And, if planning for yourself, it can be a way for you to ensure your wishes are honored and that the event reflects how you want to be remembered.

 

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