Funeral/Memorial Service and Readings:

Celebration of Life services are non-denominational, but basically Christian in orientation. The contents can be easily modified to reflect the level of religious involvement of the person to be remembered. I will work closely with the family so that the accomplishments, philosophy, and interests of the loved one can be conveyed. This is a time to go within and feel the closeness from your loved one in you heart and show your appreciation and gratitude for the time you shared.

We are visitors on this planet. We are here, a hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal the meaning of life. The Dalai Lama

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time for war, and a time for peace.

We struggle against death with all our force, for it is our fundamental duty as living creatures to do so. But when, by virtue of the state of things, death comes, we experience that paradox of faith that causes us to abandon the struggle and affirm death as part of a greater plan for the universe as a whole.
To love life so much, and to trust it so completely that we can affirm it even in its final act....this is an attitude that can calm and fortify us.
The end is to love extravagantly the life that is greater than any one of us, seeing our own death as a physically necessary passage toward union with a greater wholeness. Teilhard deChardin (roughly translated)
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