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    chicagotribune.com | Kay Manning | 5/1/19 | 6 min
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    • Pegeen
      ScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      I have not taken the necessary steps towards planning my own funeral. I don’t like the traditional wake and funeral - way too costly and stiff - pardon the pun! That said, I went to the BEST Celebration of Life ceremony at an old church in Maplewood NJ that was incredibly meaningful and profound. It was officiated by a young minister, with a nose piercing, who spoke authentically of love and the sacredness of life. Everyone got to speak, sing and celebrate this unique, beautiful, amazing young woman who passed away. It was inspirational, uplifting and I left feeling like a got to know the deceased and her family in a much broader, deeper way. I felt like “more” for having shared in this celebration. That’s what I would like, as it was a gift to those attending. Now I just have to put it in writing!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        1 year ago

        Love it.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      1 year ago

      I love this natural burial service orchestrated by family and friends. I must check on the laws in N.J. to see if this is possible.

    • EZ19691 year ago

      Love the idea of a natural burial. I think it’s great to have the family care for the body if everyone’s on board.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      Upvote. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.