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Celebrate Me Home: It’s My Party…

UK friends: website descriptions that are specific to the UK are in green text.

Dark, grim, foreboding, spoken about only in whispers, those are my childhood memories of funerals.  The thought of going to one of those scared me half to death. I didn’t want to wind up on the sofa like poor Aunt Sudie.

Did You Know …

Receptions usually follow the format of the service.

A traditional service might have a quiet reception while a reception with a festive air might follow other types of services such as a memorial service or a simply scattering of ashes.

You can, however mix and match having a traditional service that suits your family and one heck of a reception / party that suits your friends.

Or you can be like my cousin-in-law who will probably have his ashes shot out over the water by way of a potato gun.

You can always go out with a bang of a celebration. Cremated remains placed within a fireworks display. Photograph courtesy of Angels Flight

Notes & Updates

Living Funerals are becoming more and more acceptable.  This is where a fueral or celebration of life is held while the person is still living.

Click here for a link to an article stating the pros & cons—Three-Reasons-Not-to-Do-One-For-Yourself-Unless-You-Are-Terminal&id=2365868

Click here for the Wikipedia version of Living Funerals

Click here for an article about UK Living Funerals

Click here for a UK site for a funeral fower guide, monuments and so forth.

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The Celebration

The National Funeral Directors Association
Things NOT To Do At A Funeral

Memorial Service

Memorial Service Planning  – original likn is broken, try the one below:
Recover From v.s. memorial service

Committal Service

Funeral links – the original link is broken, try the one below
My Name is Brandon

Alternative Service

Pagan funeral
Non-Christian funeral
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Paddle-Out Oceanside Ca, Pier & Amphitheater September 30, 2007 Photograph courtesy of Jerry Anderson.

Your Eulogy

The Visitation
The Reception
Top 40 funeral songs
Worst funeral Songs
Fun funeral songs

Happy Trails To You…