Celebrating a Life: Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances

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Abrams, Nov 25, 2011 - Reference - 192 pages
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The funeral is dead. Today, many people are forgoing the maudlin trappings and timeworn rituals of traditional funerals and instead opting to celebrate their loved ones’ lives in ways that are much more personal, meaningful, and memorable. A memorial service that truly honors the person who has died and that uplifts those who attend takes careful planning. Celebrating a Life offers sensitive guidance on every detail—venue, food and drink, music, flowers, eulogy, program, mementoes—all with the aim of making sure that the memorial service’s honoree is remembered just as he or she would have wished. Checklists and an extensive resource directory provide much-needed help to those who have very little time in which to make the arrangements. As author Faith Moore says, this book is not about regrets, but about reimagining how we say good-bye.

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1 RedefineWhy Settle for Less Than Extraordinary?
2 BrainstormThree Questions for Creative Planning
3 OrganizeGetting Started
4 CreativityPersonalizing Your Celebration
5 VenueFinding the Right Place
6 StorytellingPutting Memories Into Words
7 ReadingsPassages and Poetry
9 SymbolismThe Significance of Symbols
10 InspirationTradition
11 LegacySecond Chances
12 GatherSeven Surreptitious Ways to Plan

8 SongMusic That Matters

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Faith Moore has run her own innovative event planning company, Faith Moore & Associates, for 15 years. Her clients include heads of state, foreign dignitaries, and many high-profile corporations. She is active on the lecture circuit and lives in Boston.</P>

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