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Celebrating a LIFE – Book Review

celebrating a life book

I LOVED this book,  it offers a sensitive guidance on every detail – venue, food and drink, music, flowers, eulogies, programs, momentos – all with the aim of making sure that the memorial service’s honoree is remembered just as he or she would have wished.   There are checklists and a very helpful resource directory that offers much-needed help to those who have very little time to make arrangements. 

My favorite thing about this book was the attention they paid to helping anyone plan their “own” Celebration of Life.  The personal log they include makes the awkward task of articulating our wishes easier than ever.  “Planning ahead empowers the Loved ones you leave behind.”  I realized, “why not?” do my own and share with others to encourage meaningful conversations  among my family, friends and blog readers.   It took some deep thought but once I started it was quite “easy” to imagine the great PARTY I would love to plan, especially since “planning” doesn’t cost anything.

Mamalove’s Celebration of Life  – Date unknown but it will be a weekend long FUN 

Place – Fidel’s Restaurant and Hotel Carlsbad, Ca. (El Norte)

Food and Drink – Of course Mexican – Lemonade,  Dos XX, & Jack Daniels

Music – Reggae and Caribbean Calypso                                                                            

Dress – Hawaiian Theme -Friday eve  Beach wear for Saturday Festivities (Still Celebrating You T-Shirts and Sweatshirts will be in everyone’s gift bag, as well as my favorites books and other useful items to cherish).   There will be a bombfire with an amazing firework show and a sky orb launch.                                               

Flowers – All tones of PINK, BRIGHT GREEN, and WHITE.                                             

Eulogy – to be written by our dear Friend Dee – besides my hubby, I believe he knows “My Soul” in an intimate BROTHERLY way and can articulate it well. (and he wrote the most heartfelt,  detailed, funny Eulogy for my brother, Jimbo, I will be forever grateful for his friendship to our entire family)

I want everyone to LAUGH ALOTTT and KNOW I am also at the party and I will be everywhere their HEARTS carry them in their LIFE, for always.