Hail and Farewell- Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips


This book 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.
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HAIL AND FAREWELL: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips

50% of those who die in the U.S. will be cremated. Thousands of families won’t know what to do with their loved ones’ cremated remains or how to create a meaningful memorial service.  Written by Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death, and Susan Fraser, this book offers invaluable memorial service guidance and ideas. The best time to learn about these issues is NOW, before there’s a death in the family.

The title refers to Catullus 101, an elegiac poem written approximately 57 C.E. by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus to honor his brother’s cremated remains.



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