In 2015, 50% of those who die in the U.S. will be cremated. Thousands of families don’t know what to do with their loved ones’ cremated remains or how to create a memorial service. A new eBook, Celebrating Life: How to Create Meaningful Memorial Services, with Templates and Tips, provides all the answers.
The difference between a funeral and a memorial service is the presence of a body. Cremation offers flexibility and creativity to those planning a memorable send-off.
The Celebrating Life eBook by Gail Rubin, CT, and Susan Fraser, respected memorial authority, covers everything related to creating a meaningful memorial service with cremated remains:
- Why it’s important to hold some sort of goodbye ceremony.
- A description of the cremation process, so families know what to expect.
- Examples of different ways to scatter ashes – more than you’d think!
- Stories of creative memorial services in different settings to spark ideas.
- Templates to easily create meaningful memorial services.
- Sample scripts from actual memorial services to provide inspiration.
- Suggested readings, music and online resources for a wealth of meaningful materials to weave into a service.
“When someone says, ‘Just cremate me,’ the family often has no clue what to do for a memorial service or final disposition of the remains,” said co-author Gail Rubin, a Certified Funeral Celebrant and death educator. “This eBook will help families with memorial service guidance and ideas. The best time to learn about these issues is NOW, before there’s a death.”
Co-author Susan Fraser said, “After my teenage son died unexpectedly in 1995 of an undetected heart condition, I was devastated. The community came together to support my husband Rick and I at the memorial service. Every family needs such healing experiences after a death in the family, whether the death is expected or a complete surprise.”
About Gail Rubin, CT
Gail Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (a death educator) and Certified Funeral Celebrant who makes memorial services all about the person who died. Rubin teaches classes on end-of-life issues, using humor and funny films to reduce resistance to discussing death. Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she’s the author and host of the award-winning book and TV series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, creator of The Newly-Dead Game® and Mortality Minute radio spots, and a pioneer of the Death Café in the United States. Download a free planning form from www.AGoodGoodbye.com.
About Susan Fraser
Susan Fraser is the founder and CEO of In The Light Urns, a family owned company. Founded in 2001, In The Light Urns is a leader in the field, having pioneered dozens of products through research and development. In the Light Urns has expanded to include custom urns, keepsake urns, decorations and products for memorial services. She and her staff continually improve and innovate to provide excellent, compassionate service to families in grief. For more information, visit www.InTheLightUrns.com.