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Podcast Trilogy 15: Celebrating a Life

Published: January 3, 2022

Deciding on what to do for a celebration of life can be overwhelming. In this podcast, Brian goes over tips on how to create a celebration of life unique to your loved one. Bringing the spirit of the departed loved one to the service is the main focus of a celebration of life. From the location of the service, to the music, readings and decorations, each element can bring healing and comfort. Brian also gives tips on how to bring the life story of the person who has passed to life. 

For this celebration trilogy, Brian talks about how to plan a celebration of life. There are several differences between how a funeral is run by an ordained minister and a celebrant, such as the way the life of the decedent is talked about and how the officiant addresses the religious portion of the service. Brian explains the difference between a life story and a eulogy and different ways to share memories. This podcast also addresses ideas on how to celebrate a life such as lighting a life candle, including videos from the decedent's life and showcasing their hobbies at the service. 

In this podcast, Brian talks about different religious funeral traditions. First, Brian covers Buddhist funeral traditions, including types of candles used in the service, the timing of the visitation, and what is placed on the tables used in the viewing. Next he covers Catholic traditions including the rosary, the crucifix and holy water. The last set of religious traditions covered were Eastern Orthodox. Brian talked about the direction of the visitation line, readings and prayers offered at the service. 

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