Celebrating the Life of….

Recently, my husband and I attended a memorial service for a family member of my brother-in-law’s family.  At just 24, Stacee’s life ended way too soon and will surely be missed by all those who knew her.  The service was held at a Buddhist Church and was attended by over 1,000 of her family, friends, teachers, co-workers, and friends of the family!  I was truly in awe by the amount of love that was present.  As we waited in line to sign the guestbook and enter the temple, we saw a sea of purple; Stacee’s favorite color.  The waves of purple continued throughout the temple and the gym, which held the overflow of guests.

As a daughter, wife and sister (and especially a mother), I can’t imagine what her family is going through.  We are not supposed to outlive our children.  That just shouldn’t happen!  We should be planning their wedding, not attending their Celebration of Life service.

As we looked around the reception after the church service, I was amazed at all of the thought and care that was put into decorating the hall with the delicate and personal touches in honor of  Stacee:

* Posters with photos of Stacee decorated the gym walls, one for each year of her life.
* The bland cafeteria style bench tables were covered with beautiful purple tablecloths.
* Photo frames spanned every 5 feet or so on the long tables with dual sided pictures.
* Laid out on the tables next to the photos were groups of water bottles with Stacee’s photo, a poem, and a thank you to all those honoring Stacee.  A beautifully assembled tissue paper flower centerpiece was on top of the water bottles, also in shades of purple.  Tieing the flower were Hello Kitty ribbons with cupcakes on them; Stacee loved to bake.
* Stacee’s favorite beverage was Pepsi, so a Pepsi fountain was available to quench your thirst.

The personal touches down to the smallest detail were truly amazing and heartfelt.

Stacee was studying to be a graphic artist at a local college and her incredible artwork from her studies were displayed throughout the reception area.  Her talent will surely be missed in the graphic arts industry.  The posters surrounding the room were organized with photos and small touches, showing Stacee’s infectious smile and sassy and sarcastic personality, which were loved by all!

We celebrated the life of Stacee on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.  We had only met her on a few occasions, but after attending her Rememberance of Life Service, we felt the outpouring of love from those around her and what a wonderful person she was.

Hug those around you, acknowledge them, and celebrate them.   You never know what tomorrow will bring…. Life is precious!

 

Personalized label from Favorite Announcements

Personalized Rememberance label for Memorial Service from Favorite Announcements

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