Obituaries

Robert Daniels
B: 1938-10-21
D: 2020-06-29
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Daniels, Robert
Charlene Blevins
B: 1947-09-01
D: 2020-06-25
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Blevins, Charlene
Ila Carol Bledsoe Ball
B: 1935-04-23
D: 2020-06-17
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Ball, Ila Carol Bledsoe
Thelma Ann Inman
B: 1970-08-24
D: 2020-06-17
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Inman, Thelma Ann
Nellie Sue Tackett
B: 1932-10-15
D: 2020-06-10
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Tackett, Nellie Sue
Nicholas Everette Brown-Ethridge
B: 2020-01-31
D: 2020-06-04
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Brown-Ethridge, Nicholas Everette
Lemuel Overton
B: 1949-09-21
D: 2020-05-31
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Overton, Lemuel
Anita Lois Rial
B: 1939-04-23
D: 2020-05-28
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Rial, Anita Lois
Joe Moore
B: 1937-07-02
D: 2020-05-11
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Moore, Joe
Blake McCallie
B: 1989-06-28
D: 2020-05-11
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McCallie, Blake
Wilburn Bowman
B: 1933-09-03
D: 2020-04-25
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Bowman, Wilburn
Terry Glenn
B: 1961-11-23
D: 2020-04-22
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Glenn, Terry
Ellis Kirby Finch
B: 1932-09-01
D: 2020-04-18
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Finch, Ellis Kirby
James Elmer Anderson
B: 1935-01-24
D: 2020-04-16
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Anderson, James Elmer
Doris Fesler
B: 1926-08-02
D: 2020-04-11
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Fesler, Doris
James Cingolani
B: 1952-01-05
D: 2020-04-03
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Cingolani, James
David Tolliver
B: 1954-10-21
D: 2020-04-03
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Tolliver, David
Betty Goodson
B: 1939-11-12
D: 2020-03-30
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Goodson, Betty
Hydle Keeling
B: 1942-02-14
D: 2020-03-20
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Keeling, Hydle
Bradley Sanders
B: 1982-03-02
D: 2020-02-28
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Sanders, Bradley
Anthony Blake Fuller
B: 2019-08-06
D: 2020-02-20
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Fuller, Anthony Blake

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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.