Obituaries

Jean Farmer
B: 1966-04-20
D: 2017-04-26
View Details
Farmer, Jean
David Schwarz
B: 1924-11-18
D: 2017-04-22
View Details
Schwarz, David
Kathleen Cianci
B: 1928-11-12
D: 2017-04-21
View Details
Cianci, Kathleen
Jenarita Aldrich
B: 1936-01-12
D: 2017-04-20
View Details
Aldrich, Jenarita
Robert Rinker
B: 1939-07-14
D: 2017-04-19
View Details
Rinker, Robert
Linda Peterman
B: 1949-10-11
D: 2017-04-19
View Details
Peterman, Linda
Joanne Yurasits
B: 1951-10-01
D: 2017-04-16
View Details
Yurasits, Joanne
Constance James
B: 1931-12-21
D: 2017-04-16
View Details
James, Constance
Rita Carr
B: 1934-03-18
D: 2017-04-15
View Details
Carr, Rita
Dora Zaleski
B: 1928-02-12
D: 2017-04-15
View Details
Zaleski, Dora
James D'Alessandro
B: 1970-11-18
D: 2017-04-12
View Details
D'Alessandro, James
Benjamin Robbins
B: 1952-01-13
D: 2017-04-11
View Details
Robbins, Benjamin
Jeff Chandler
B: 1955-07-14
D: 2017-04-09
View Details
Chandler, Jeff
Joan Bache
B: 1936-03-23
D: 2017-04-09
View Details
Bache, Joan
Steven Ohlson
B: 1949-04-26
D: 2017-04-09
View Details
Ohlson, Steven
Robert Conley
B: 1942-08-09
D: 2017-04-06
View Details
Conley, Robert
Paul Diehl
B: 1922-05-04
D: 2017-04-04
View Details
Diehl, Paul
Warren Beans
B: 1941-03-23
D: 2017-04-02
View Details
Beans, Warren
Ralph Lajara
B: 1929-04-01
D: 2017-04-01
View Details
Lajara, Ralph
Bartholomew Riley
B: 1953-10-27
D: 2017-03-30
View Details
Riley, Bartholomew
Jacqueline Robes
B: 1941-08-16
D: 2017-03-30
View Details
Robes, Jacqueline

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
735 South Fleming Street
Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: 772-589-1933
Fax: 772-589-1939

Celebrations-of-Life

Many families today want a service which celebrates the life of their loved one. We introduce them to the concept of a celebration-of-life, and provide support in designing a celebration-of-life that is as unique as the life of their loved one.  

We always enjoy working together with families in planning a celebration-of-life for their loved one. While it can be a challenge to put together an event that both pays tribute to and celebrates the life and spirit of, a complex individual; it's also one of the most rewarding things any one of us can do for someone we've loved and lost.

Sarah York, opens her beautifully-crafted book, Remembering Well, with the very personal story about how her family chose to pay tribute to her mother. "My mother died in April 1983. . . she didn't want a funeral. 'Get together and have a party,' she had said when the topic was allowed to come up." However, she was quick to tell readers that the survivors did not honor the request. "We needed the ritual. We needed to say good-bye, but we also needed a ritual that would honor her spirit and would be faithful to her values and beliefs."

When Ms. York acknowledge the position of her family; that they needed not a party but a ritual; she teaches us all something important: the celebration-of-life events we plan with families should be shaped as much by their own emotional and spiritual needs, as their desire to celebrate the life lived.

While celebrations-of-life are not burdened by social expectations—they can be pretty much anything you want them to be—it's important to realize that the event you're planning should meet the emotional needs of the guests. So, think about exactly who will be there, and what they're likely to want or need. Then, bring in those unique lifestyle and personality characteristics of the deceased; perhaps add live music or refreshments, and you've got the beginnings of a remarkable celebration-of-life.

Celebrations-of-life are intended to lift everyone's spirits by focusing on positive memories. And as we wrote in the above introduction, if you'd like to learn more about celebrations-of-life, we invite you to read our 9 Steps to Planning a Celebration of Life. There you'll discover how our experience in arranging and hosting celebrations-of-life will guide you in the process.

 

Sources:
Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life & Mourning Death, Sara York


 

365 Days of Healing

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our free daily grief support email program, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

52 Weeks of Support

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.