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Another way to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one is via main stream media or online social media tributes. This could be a standalone celebration of life or used to augment a funeral, memorial, or committal service.
Online tributes and social media memorials are gaining in popularity because of their ease of accessibility. Whether it is the celebration of life of a prominent public figure, or if people are emotionally, physically, financially, legally or logistically unable to attend in person, they can still participate virtually from anywhere in the world. Some people also just prefer to grieve in private, while still paying their respects.
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There are several ways to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one. In part 1 of this blog I mentioned that a funeral service means that the body of the deceased is present at the service. In part 2 I mentioned that at a memorial service the body is not present. Now, I will explain what a Committal Service is and how it is different from the other two services.
A committal service may be the last step in a funeral or memorial service. Alternatively a committal service could be a standalone celebration of life.
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There are several ways to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one.
In part 1 of this blog I mentioned that a funeral service means that the body of the deceased is present at the service. Now I will go over the details of a memorial service and the primary difference between a funeral service and a memorial service.
A memorial service means that the body of the deceased is not present at the celebration of life. The deceased may have been buried or cremated prior to the memorial service. Or in other more tragic circumstances, the body of the deceased may not be available to hold a funeral service and the family elects to have a memorial service instead.
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I can attest to the value of pre-planning. My Mom died a few weeks ago at home and thankfully we pre-planned everything with Kat just a week before. After she passed, one simple phone call was all that was needed. We were mentally and physically exhausted at that point. What a sense of peace for my Dad and our family.
We have everything pre-arranged for my Dad’s passing now too.
Thank you Kat for the important work you do.
Must say, my friend, how kind you were when I lost Jim….. you made a difference in my journey….. thanks for reaching out when I truly needed it! Thank you for organizing my funeral arrangements. I am now glad this is completed and now paid for, and my children know my wishes. It makes less worry for all of us…. Thank you for gently advising me, when life was dark and made no sense!
HW, Newmarket, ON
Kat is a delight. She has a good sense of humour and is informative. She provided good reading materials, is always available, approachable and was sensitive to our needs.
Mrs. D., Oakville, ON
After attending Kat’s seminar, I came away with a much clearer picture of the importance of being properly prepared and capable of dealing with all of the legal issues surrounding the death of a loved one. I plan to share what I learned with my parents and siblings.