Obituaries

Maria Young
B: 1966-06-01
D: 2018-04-21
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Young, Maria
Ruth Martel
B: 1942-02-23
D: 2018-04-18
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Martel, Ruth
Jaiden Basnett
B: 2018-01-10
D: 2018-04-14
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Basnett, Jaiden
Robert Beaubien
B: 1943-05-03
D: 2018-04-09
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Beaubien, Robert
Bertha Zall
B: 1922-11-26
D: 2018-04-04
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Zall, Bertha
John Gagnon
B: 1940-07-04
D: 2018-04-04
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Gagnon, John
Tammy Karczewski
B: 1968-04-17
D: 2018-03-30
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Karczewski, Tammy
Jacqueline Hieminga
B: 1922-08-26
D: 2018-03-26
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Hieminga, Jacqueline
Matthew Salvail
B: 1979-03-17
D: 2018-03-25
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Salvail, Matthew
Nicholas Flaherty
B: 1992-04-28
D: 2018-03-25
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Flaherty, Nicholas
Dennis Bowes
B: 1944-02-06
D: 2018-03-22
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Bowes, Dennis
Ernest Root
D: 2018-03-21
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Root, Ernest
Richard Decelle
B: 1955-10-11
D: 2018-03-19
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Decelle, Richard
Claire Boucher
B: 1923-02-11
D: 2018-03-15
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Boucher, Claire
James Walters
B: 1952-05-17
D: 2018-03-13
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Walters, James
James Kirby
B: 1984-03-28
D: 2018-03-11
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Kirby, James
Michael Cerato
B: 1933-05-13
D: 2018-03-11
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Cerato, Michael
Joan Malloy
B: 1944-04-28
D: 2018-03-08
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Malloy, Joan
Carol Wilshire
B: 1939-09-02
D: 2018-03-07
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Wilshire, Carol
Barbara Carter
B: 1928-10-03
D: 2018-03-07
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Carter, Barbara
Carlton Waterstrat
B: 1929-12-07
D: 2018-03-06
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Waterstrat, Carlton

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Memorial Service Outline & Ideas

What is a Memorial Service?

Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

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Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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 memorial service or celebration-of-life may be the perfect concept to build on.

We're Here to Provide Advice & Guidance 

Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at (603) 883-3401 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.

 

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