Author Barbara Kingsolver, in her book The Poisonwood Bible, wrote:
"To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know."
We think this reflection is at the heart of a celebration-of-life. While a funeral, as we've described it above, has more to do with the orderly and often spiritually-defined; a celebration-of-life is more concerned with telling the story of the deceased. Celebrations-of-life are just that: a time people come together more to celebrate the unique personality and achievements of the deceased than to merely witness or mark the change in their social status.
Celebrations-of-life are similar to memorial services, which can be described as a hybrid event; combining the flexibility of a celebration-of-life with many of the activities of a traditional funeral order-of-service.
There's more room for creativity in a celebration-of-life than a funeral. Since celebrations-of-life are commonly held after the individual's physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation; there is much more time available to plan the event. And without doubt, this allows you to make better decisions about how you'd like to celebrate the life of someone you dearly loved.
Ambrose Funeral Home
1200 Garfield Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708
Squires Funeral Home
211 N. Henry Street, Bay City, MI 48706
Both locations are 100% handicapped accessible and ground level.
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