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RODNEY BELL
B: 1995-09-14
D: 2017-02-24
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BELL, RODNEY
DANIEL BOTTOM
B: 1961-06-26
D: 2017-02-23
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BOTTOM, DANIEL
MAMIE DIXON
B: 1926-11-17
D: 2017-02-22
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DIXON, MAMIE
IDA SIMMONS
B: 1944-05-09
D: 2017-02-22
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SIMMONS, IDA
JOSEPH CREWS
B: 1925-02-22
D: 2017-02-22
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CREWS, JOSEPH
ELEANOR CURRY-YOUNG
B: 1928-07-16
D: 2017-02-21
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CURRY-YOUNG, ELEANOR
VICTOR WITMEYER
B: 1930-08-18
D: 2017-02-21
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WITMEYER, VICTOR
William Burke
B: 1927-12-04
D: 2017-02-20
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Burke, William
REV. JAMES HAYES SR
B: 1935-05-24
D: 2017-02-16
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HAYES SR, REV. JAMES
Geraldine Thomas
B: 1952-02-18
D: 2017-02-13
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Thomas, Geraldine
KEITH WHIPPLE
B: 1961-08-15
D: 2017-02-13
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WHIPPLE, KEITH
BRANDON MCMORRIS
B: 1996-09-13
D: 2017-02-12
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MCMORRIS, BRANDON
Michael Huitt
B: 1957-11-09
D: 2017-02-10
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Huitt, Michael
GLORIA LUCAS
B: 1955-10-17
D: 2017-02-09
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LUCAS, GLORIA
MORRIS ABBOTT
B: 1944-05-29
D: 2017-02-09
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ABBOTT, MORRIS
ROSA MCLEOD
B: 1934-10-26
D: 2017-02-09
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MCLEOD, ROSA
JESSIE WRIGHT
B: 1931-12-24
D: 2017-02-08
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WRIGHT, JESSIE
ADAM FLUKER
B: 1934-11-18
D: 2017-02-07
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FLUKER, ADAM
HENRY GORDON
B: 1931-04-14
D: 2017-02-06
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GORDON, HENRY
TRACY EVINS
B: 1970-05-14
D: 2017-02-06
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EVINS, TRACY
RUBY YOUNG
B: 1937-11-20
D: 2017-02-04
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YOUNG, RUBY

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Why a Memorial Service?

Rather than opting to do things "the same old way", many families today want to celebrate the life of a loved one. Many funeral service professionals see this change as one of the many contributions to social change made by 'Baby Boomers'. The National Funeral Directors Association notes, "As baby boomers age and find themselves having to plan funerals for loved ones and themselves, they are making funeral choices based on values that are different than previous generations. Baby boomers see funerals as a valuable part of the grieving process and are seeking ways to make them meaningful." If you too desire to make the funeral for a loved one more engaging and personally meaningful, a celebration-of-life may be the perfect concept to build on.

How Does a Celebration-of-Life Differ from a Traditional Funeral?

As mentioned in the page Traditional Funeral Services, there are four basic components which make up the conventional approach to funerals:

  1.  A Visitation
  2. The Funeral Service
  3. A Committal Service
  4. The Funeral Reception

A traditional funeral then is a series of events; it's a ritualized process where the deceased, and the attendees, pass from one social status to another; a process where the torn fabric of a family and community is repaired. According to the online article "Six Characteristics of Helpful Ceremonies", by William Hoy, Director of Grief Connect, this is done by including:

  1. Symbols of shared significance intended to communicate beyond words
  2. Ritual actions shared by a group of individuals
  3. Gathered people providing comfort to one another
  4. Connection to heritage through recognized readings
  5. Increased physical contact between attendees provide comfort
  6. Witnessing the transition of the body through burial or cremation

In knowing these characteristics, you can design a celebration-of-life–as unique as the life of your loved. Learn how to create a Celebration of Life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?

We're Here to Advise, Assist, and Guide You

Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at 904-765-1234 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.

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