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How to Plan your Celebration of Life. An Evening of Thought Presented to _________ (Catholic) Church Nancy Lohman, Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation. How to Plan Your Celebration of Life”. First – the Key Decisions “The Experience”…Creating Memorable Moments & Life’s Keepsakes

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how to plan your celebration of life

How to Plan your Celebration of Life

An Evening of Thought Presented to _________ (Catholic) Church

Nancy Lohman, Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation

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How to Plan Your Celebration of Life”
  • First – the Key Decisions
  • “The Experience”…Creating Memorable Moments & Life’s Keepsakes
  • The Value of Memorialization
  • Where do you go from here?
the key decisions
“The Key Decisions”
  • First – Your Personal Preferred Choice

of Disposition

      • Burial (Interment) within a Cemetery
      • Entombment in a Mausoleum or Crypt
      • Cremation
      • “Forwarding” out of state,

followed by Burial or Entombment

what specifically is the cremation process
“What Specifically is the Cremation Process?”
  • Process by which the body is reduced by intense heat over several hours to produce small skeletal fragments. These fragments are then processed through a grinder/sieve and placed in a container called an urn. The urn is then usually placed in a memorial niche or ground space in a cemetery or kept in some other location, such as your home.
is forwarding the remains possible
Is “Forwarding the Remains” Possible?
  • Your Funeral Home here will serve as both your advisor and your protector/agent – working long distance with another funeral professional.
  • Your Funeral Home is experienced and has a network of other helpful professionals around the country.
  • Most Funeral Homes belong to our national association (ICCFA) which greatly enhances our ability to efficiently coordinate the legal and practical details of a death through a variety of professional tools. These tools include books which provide information on funeral homes nationwide as well as daily newspapers nationwide.
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Second – Regardless of disposition, choose your funeral “tribute” of choice. Funeral rites – aka burial rights – ceremonies commemorating a life, performed in an established or prescribed manner.

  • Funeral – funeral rites held at the time of disposition with the body present.
  • Memorial – funeral rites held at the time of disposition without the body present.
  • Committal Service – the portion of the service which is conducted at the place of disposition.
  • Forwarding “up north” (typically) for services “up there.”
  • Graveside Service – ceremony at the place of disposition (with no service prior to the graveside service).
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“The Key Decisions”
  • Lastly- which elements of your family’s celebration of your life are most important to you?
  • Spend time reflecting on “The Experience.”
  • Your visitation, funeral and “final resting place” are personal expressions of love and individuality.
creating memorable moments and life s keepsakes
Creating Memorable Moments and Life’s Keepsakes

The Funeral Experience…

  • Allows for a final act of love.
  • Allows us to create the significance of our loved one and our loss.
  • Like a baptism or wedding, the “Rite of Passage” (service) allows us to recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives forever.
  • It commemorates life.
  • Allows family and friends to say goodbye.
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Creating Memorable Moments and Life’s Keepsakes

The Funeral Experience…

  • Helps you establish ongoing support.
  • Provides a “safe” environment to grieve.
  • Provides an opportunity for extended and sometimes unexpected family, friends and acquaintances to grieve and show you compassion, comfort and caring.
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Creating Memorable Moments and Life’s Keepsakes

The Funeral Experience…

  • Helps you gently embrace a new reality
  • Helps you (especially a spouse) adjust to a new identity
  • Allows for the first steps toward healthy emotional

adjustment after loss

      • We must accept that death has occurred before

we can begin resolving our grief

  • Helps you go from the present to memories
  • Provides an occasion for saying goodbye

reminiscing and reflection.

making it personal and unique
Making it Personal and Unique
  • The Vigil –
      • Eulogies
      • Story Telling
  • Personalization –
    • Photo tributes – DVDs
    • Memorabilia
    • A small token or keepsake for each guest
    • A written tribute
      • A keepsake which is kept for a lifetime
      • Is often a person’s only printed life story
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The Value of “Memorialization” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Creating a permanent memorial of you and your life

  • Sadly overlooked – and leaves some family members “feeling empty”
  • Requires careful thought, planning and financial resources, particularly if cremation is the preferred choice of disposition because of the myriad of choices
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The Value of a Cemetery Memorialization

  • Provides a tranquil sanctuary where you and your family can find peace, hope and healing
  • It is a place where you can connect spiritually and emotionally
  • It can be a place for dedicated thought, reflection and prayer
  • It can be “private” as in family garden estates; allowing for an entire area to be dedicated to your family name and/or “consecrated and blessed”
the value of above ground entombment memorialization
The Value of Above Ground Entombment Memorialization
  • It began with Jesus’ entombment
  • It often has a permanent chapel
  • It can be private with a walk-in vestibule
  • Typically, it not only commemorates and pays tribute to a life, but also makes a statement about the impact that family has had in their profession or community, i.e. John Rockefeller.
the value of memorialization
The Value of Memorialization…

…when Cremation is the preferred choice…

  • Niches – a space in a columbarium or mausoleum
  • Glass front niches are used for the permanent placement of cremated remains…allows you to personalize and create a story
  • Ground inurnment is used for the permanent placement of cremated remains
  • Cremation memorials – benches, honor rocks
  • Scattering pond and scattering rock gardens
where do you go from here
Where do you go from here?

Educate yourself

  • Talk about your wishes with your family
  • Complete a Personal Planning Guide
  • Meet with a Pre-Planning Specialist

What you should know

  • Florida state laws highly regulate funeral homes and cemeteries
  • Pre-planned funeral services are 100% refundable and/or transferable in the state of Florida
costs can be outlined in 4 areas
Costs can be outlined in 4 areas
  • Services of the funeral home
  • Cemetery memorialization: burial space or mausoleum crypt, cremation niche, scattering garden, family garden estate, and memorial marker or monument
  • Casket and vault or urn and urn vault
  • Optional items: Death Certificate, flowers, etc.
what you should know
What you should know
  • Funeral homes and cemeteries are financially audited every 3 years by the FL Department of Banking & Finance
  • Surprise inspections occur annually for all funeral homes by the FL Department of Banking & Finance
  • Funeral homes have 3 licenses:
      • Funeral Home License
      • Pre-Need License (Certificate of Authority)
      • Funeral Director’s License
  • Cemeteries must have 2 licenses:
      • Cemetery License
      • Pre-Need License (Certificate of Authority)
why consider pre planning
Why Consider Pre-Planning?
  • Emotional Value ~ Your loved ones will be relieved of making painful decisions at a difficult time
  • Financial Value ~ Eliminates emotional overspending
  • Peace of Mind ~ Your selections reflect your wishes
  • By paying in advance, the price will never increase and you can choose an affordable payment plan
ask who owns the company
Ask Who Owns the Company

Family Owned

  • A deep commitment to upholding professional standards and providing personal service
  • Personal Pride – our business is a part of our home town
  • We’re building relationships so that your family and friends will return to us
  • Long term commitment…

we’re into our third generation

locally owned
Locally Owned
  • Neighbors serving neighbors – we’re a part of your community
  • We have one singular focus – all our attention is devoted to making our funeral home the best it can be
  • We’re not distracted by or bound to a corporate policy, so we can be more flexible and more responsive to your needs
  • We take any opportunity to be involved in the community so that you know us personally
  • We are able to create the kind of personal relationships that will allow us to provide the individual, sensitive service your family deserves
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Thank you so much for having us!

  • Any Questions?
  • Call Nancy Lohman
  • 386.451.2011