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Charles Pace
B: 1928-10-30
D: 2018-04-24
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Pace, Charles
Gloria Martinez Villarreal
B: 1930-11-08
D: 2018-04-24
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Villarreal, Gloria Martinez
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Rutledge Ford
B: 1940-01-07
D: 2018-04-23
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Ford, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Rutledge
Juanita Pillion
B: 1926-01-07
D: 2018-04-22
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Pillion, Juanita
Charlie Krzesienski
B: 1918-08-06
D: 2018-04-21
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Krzesienski, Charlie
Irma Abrahams
B: 1927-03-01
D: 2018-04-19
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Abrahams, Irma
Rev. Hugh Parsons
B: 1934-05-17
D: 2018-04-18
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Parsons, Rev. Hugh
Richard McCauley
B: 1945-01-24
D: 2018-04-13
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McCauley, Richard
Alice Sanchez
B: 1934-06-14
D: 2018-04-13
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Sanchez, Alice
Mark Seegers
B: 1958-04-04
D: 2018-04-06
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Seegers, Mark
Joshua Glenn Molina
B: 1999-01-12
D: 2018-03-31
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Molina, Joshua Glenn
Cynthia Lynn Mondy Howard
B: 1958-02-25
D: 2018-03-25
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Howard, Cynthia Lynn Mondy
Baby Camryn Castanon
B: 2018-02-12
D: 2018-03-25
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Castanon, Baby Camryn
Diana Jimenez
B: 1943-06-01
D: 2018-03-21
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Jimenez, Diana
John Fry
B: 1942-07-04
D: 2018-03-18
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Fry, John
Clara Griswold
B: 1924-01-22
D: 2018-03-16
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Griswold, Clara
Elaine Marriott
B: 1942-10-28
D: 2018-03-15
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Marriott, Elaine
Reuben Tolbert
B: 1919-10-30
D: 2018-03-12
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Tolbert, Reuben
Charlotte Nordenstrom
B: 1950-03-25
D: 2018-03-10
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Nordenstrom, Charlotte
Zula Tuttle
B: 1940-02-12
D: 2018-03-07
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Tuttle, Zula
Cheryl Loveless
B: 1949-01-08
D: 2018-03-06
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Loveless, Cheryl

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Funerals vs. Celebrations of Life

celebration-of-lifeWhat is the difference between a funeral and a celebration-of-life? They have a lot in common, but they diverge from each other in some important ways. It’s certainly true that both are ceremonies where people gather to remember a loved one. However, funerals are based on long tradition, while celebrations-of-life are a relatively recent development that derives from changes in societal values. Each ceremony is intended to achieve three goals:

  • Enable the deceased’s family, as well as the larger community, to publicly acknowledge the death of the individual in question.
  • Provide support to the family and the community by bringing together a number of sympathetic friends, neighbors, and associates.
  • Publicly recognize that the deceased has moved to a new social status in the community.

The two types of ceremonies achieve these goals in significantly different ways. Let’s begin our exploration of these differences by taking a look at the traditional funeral

Funerals

The funeral is made up of three distinct phases: visitation, funeral service, and committal service performed at graveside.

The Visitation: This occurs before the actual funeral, frequently on the night prior but sometimes on the day of the funeral. The visitation (also called the viewing) gives the community the chance to support the family in their time of need and pay due respects to the deceased. Usually, participants are allowed to view the open casket containing the body of the deceased.

The Funeral Service: Generally held in a church or funeral home, the funeral service is led by a pastor, funeral director, or another officiant of one kind or another. This person leads the assemblage through a standard funeral order of service that includes the singing of hymns, invocations, recitals from the Bible, readings from Scripture, and prayers.

The Committal Service: After a slow automobile procession from the site where the funeral was held, the committal service occurs at the cemetery. The casket is lowered into the ground and the final prayers are recited.

Celebrations-of-Life

While funeral plans tend to follow an orderly, pre-defined program, the celebration-of-life is primarily concerned with telling the life story of the deceased. Celebrations-of-life provide an opportunity for friends and associates of the decreased to celebrate the unique life and times of the deceased. This type of event is comparable to a memorial service, whose program is essentially a hybrid of a celebration-of-life and a standard funeral.

When you organize a celebration-of-life, you have more room for creativity than you have with a traditional funeral. Since celebrations-of-life are generally held after the deceased’s physical remains have been buried or cremated, you have more time to plan out the event and make it a truly special occasion.

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