Praises Funeral Homes that Offer “Life Celebrations”

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We Put the Fun in Funeral. funeral and finance advice column today issued their support and admiration for the funeral homes that are switching gears into providing celebratory services for the deceased in order to honor their life, as opposed to holding mournful and solemn ceremonies. appreciates that families and loved ones are given options, and gave their input on how to decide which style is most appropriate.

According to an article by Steve Wood published in the Asbury Park Press on Friday, May 31st 2013, many funeral homes have been offering creative and festive ways for families and friends to bid their loved ones a final farewell. Wood lists Williams Lombardo Funeral Home in Pennsylvania and Daley Life Celebration Studio in New Jersey as being two that stick out as having a different mentality on celebrating life—with Williams Lombardo even adopting the motto of, “We Put the Fun in Funeral.”

The article states that both these funeral homes offer “life celebrations” that honor the deceased with verve and reverence. George Polgar, the marketing rep for Williams Lombardo, was quoted as saying, “Funeral homes don’t have to be this horrible, scary place. People live, people die. As long as you led a good life and did good things and you love people and people loved you back, it should be a celebration.” loves the idea of taking somebody’s death and turning it into a festive celebration of their life. is quoted as saying, “I would want everyone eating my favorite cheesecake while an 80’s music cover band rocked out on stage. I think it’s a wonderful homage to the deceased to come together and celebrate the things that made that person so special and wonderful and perhaps quirky.”

Wood reports that some of the different types of things Williams Lombardo has done include eulogizing an avid horseman with his beloved horse corralled next to his casket, placing the urn of a self-described “couch potato” onto a recliner-shaped hedge, and spreading the ashes of an enthusiastic gardener in a tomato plot. Although it is funny to imagine a burial insurance company seeing an application for reimbursement for a temporary BMX track being put in at the cemetery, recommends sending a loved one off in the way that they would have wanted. is quoted as saying, “There is a prominence of ‘traditional’ funerals and burial services, but just because that’s the way things are usually done does not mean that’s the way you need to do them. If the decision-making for the service of a loved one comes down to you, we recommend considering what that person would have wanted as opposed to your desires. If they were very traditional and conservative, a customary service might be best. But if it were somebody like my father, who has always told us kids that he wants to be buried in true Irish-celebratory fashion with a keg on his casket, I believe that it is best to honor those last wishes.”

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