“Personalization”

20 11, 2014

Laughing About Tombstones: Living in Focus

By | 2014-11-20T00:12:20-07:00 November 20th, 2014|Inspiration, News, Perspective, Planning Ahead|14 Comments

Last week, at one of our workshops, we were asked to take a minute to think about and write down our epitaph. We were told that we could include the year we wanted to die (why not?) and were reminded to keep our text brief as only so many characters will fit.  This is the second time I've been asked to do this. I don't remember what I wrote the first time (not a good sign) so I was eager to participate in this exercise again. If I couldn't remember my epitaph, it had to have been bad. When we [...]

7 04, 2014

Connection and Kindness: How We’re Different

By | 2014-04-07T13:08:22-07:00 April 7th, 2014|Inspiration, Perspective|60 Comments

We love feedback and part of my job at O'Connor is to meet with families we have recently served to collect their responses, experiences & stories of their time with us. http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com/Lisa-Blue I love asking the question, “So, why O’Connor?” Many families have had a previous experience with us and we are who they trust. Some chose us because of what  I call "The Six Degrees of O’Connor” - their kids went to school with one of the O’Connor children or grandchildren, or they know Joe & Jane O’Connor from church, their community or other organizations.  Other people [...]

25 03, 2014

The Legacy Keeper

By | 2014-03-25T22:50:11-07:00 March 25th, 2014|Ceremonies, Inspiration, News|62 Comments

The Legacy Keeper: A Celebrant's Gift to Me My brother Jim had died on February 19th just over a month ago. The Sunday after my family gathered on that warm afternoon to share all of the stories we had accumulated throughout his lifetime. We (2 of my brother's children, all 4 of mine + grandkids galore) had come to meet Keith Page, our Funeral Celebrant. I had briefly met Keith last year when he and Ty Rose, another Celebrant, came to our Mortuary to provide us with a glimpse of what a Celebrant service looks like. Little did I know [...]

11 03, 2014

When Two Roads Converge: A Celebrant’s Process

By | 2014-03-11T21:55:50-07:00 March 11th, 2014|Inspiration, Perspective|31 Comments

I’ve often thought it’s unfortunate that people only think about death when they think of a mortuary or cemetery.  Why not think about life…a place where life is celebrated in all its beauty? I've spent the last 9 years as a Funeral Celebrant and can attest to the power of a place that honors life, my thought is, let's not just go to a mortuary in the wake of death, let's also go in and enjoy life. Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/richcano Several years ago I attended an art show held in an old mausoleum…in the middle of a [...]

26 02, 2014

So, What’s a Celebrant?

By | 2014-02-26T00:22:08-07:00 February 26th, 2014|Ceremonies, Inspiration, News, Planning Ahead|47 Comments

  Last year I had never heard of a Celebrant. A what? What do they do? Sounds weird. Last week I walked into a room with 20 strangers, all there to learn about how to make a funeral personal & each life meaningful. When I was told that on the last day of training I would have to present a eulogy I had written for a fictitious person I felt overwhelmed, "How in the world will I do that?" I wondered. After 2 days of full training we were split into groups and given a situation to create a service [...]