Obituaries

Ann Rao
D: 2018-04-23
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Rao, Ann
Concetta Rando
B: 1942-11-24
D: 2018-04-23
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Rando, Concetta
Catherine Larose
D: 2018-04-21
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Larose, Catherine
Jean Fils
D: 2018-04-20
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Fils, Jean
Rosalie Di Martino
B: 1944-12-26
D: 2018-04-19
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Di Martino, Rosalie
Lisa Volpe-Campisi
B: 1952-09-01
D: 2018-04-19
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Volpe-Campisi, Lisa
Eleanor Dimino
D: 2018-04-19
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Dimino, Eleanor
Mary Quattrocchi
B: 1936-03-11
D: 2018-04-17
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Quattrocchi, Mary
Marie Savasta
B: 1937-12-19
D: 2018-04-17
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Savasta, Marie
Floyd Albert
D: 2018-04-17
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Albert, Floyd
Philip Canciglia
B: 1932-05-03
D: 2018-04-17
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Canciglia, Philip
Carmella Composto
B: 1928-01-01
D: 2018-04-15
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Composto, Carmella
Gary Franklin
B: 1965-05-30
D: 2018-04-15
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Franklin, Gary
Renee Marc
D: 2018-04-13
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Marc, Renee
Daphne Syms
D: 2018-04-13
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Syms, Daphne
Santo Bonanno
D: 2018-04-11
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Bonanno, Santo
Margaret Nizzari
B: 1924-12-18
D: 2018-04-11
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Nizzari, Margaret
Arthur Davis
D: 2018-04-11
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Davis, Arthur
Angelo Caruso
B: 1930-08-05
D: 2018-04-11
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Caruso, Angelo
Arthur Mattia
D: 2018-04-09
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Mattia, Arthur
Gladline Auguste
D: 2018-04-01
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Auguste, Gladline

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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 may be the perfect concept to build on.

How Does a Memorial Service Differ from a Traditional Funeral?

There are four basic components which make up the conventional approach to funerals:

  1.  A Visitation
  2. The Funeral Service
  3. A Committal Service
  4. The Funeral Reception

A traditional funeral then is a series of events; it's a ritualized process where the deceased, and the attendees, pass from one social status to another; a process where the torn fabric of a family and community is repaired. According to the online article "Six Characteristics of Helpful Ceremonies", by William Hoy, Director of Grief Connect, this is done by including:

  1. Symbols of shared significance intended to communicate beyond words
  2. Ritual actions shared by a group of individuals
  3. Gathered people providing comfort to one another
  4. Connection to heritage through recognized readings
  5. Increased physical contact between attendees provide comfort
  6. Witnessing the transition of the body through burial or cremation

In knowing these characteristics, you can design a memorial service as unique as the life of your loved one.

Feel free to browse our resources below on memorial services and, as always, contact us if we can help with your planning.

What is a Memorial Service and How Do You Plan One?
A memorial service can be personalized to meet the needs of your family and friends. Learn more about how our funeral home can offer suggestions or help arrange a service.
Creating a Celebration of Life
Take the time to learn about celebrations of life, discover how enjoyable it can be to plan one for your loved one, and learn how we can best assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Memorial Services
If you are curious about memorial services, our list of the most frequently-asked questions will satisfy. Learn what makes a memorial service a special event.