Obituaries

Charles Conklin
B: 1933-08-29
D: 2018-06-22
View Details
Conklin, Charles
Robert Walker
B: 1962-02-16
D: 2018-06-21
View Details
Walker, Robert
Nancy Triano
B: 1923-10-19
D: 2018-06-18
View Details
Triano, Nancy
Daniel Goodsier`
B: 1942-08-20
D: 2018-06-11
View Details
Goodsier`, Daniel
George Bocchieri
B: 1981-07-31
D: 2018-06-07
View Details
Bocchieri, George
Stephen Kasisky
B: 1950-11-19
D: 2018-06-07
View Details
Kasisky, Stephen
Frank De Pasquale
B: 1945-11-22
D: 2018-06-07
View Details
De Pasquale, Frank
Kathleen Mitchell
B: 1933-09-22
D: 2018-06-06
View Details
Mitchell, Kathleen
Michael Payton
B: 1950-03-14
D: 2018-05-31
View Details
Payton, Michael
Mark Garrera
B: 1991-09-10
D: 2018-05-29
View Details
Garrera, Mark
Mary Serban
B: 1921-01-01
D: 2018-05-26
View Details
Serban, Mary
Antionette Biamonte
B: 1913-11-28
D: 2018-05-24
View Details
Biamonte, Antionette
Richard Ramage, Sr
B: 1925-04-21
D: 2018-05-22
View Details
Ramage, Sr, Richard
Richard Border
B: 1969-04-18
D: 2018-05-16
View Details
Border, Richard
Michael McNally
B: 1954-07-04
D: 2018-05-16
View Details
McNally, Michael
Craig Stapleton
B: 1956-03-18
D: 2018-05-15
View Details
Stapleton, Craig
John Sullivan
B: 1934-01-20
D: 2018-05-15
View Details
Sullivan, John
John Tremont
B: 1962-12-24
D: 2018-05-12
View Details
Tremont, John
Krystyna Oleksy
B: 1928-01-28
D: 2018-05-11
View Details
Oleksy, Krystyna
Marilyn Tell
B: 1957-04-29
D: 2018-05-10
View Details
Tell, Marilyn
Anna Serben
B: 1926-01-21
D: 2018-05-08
View Details
Serben, Anna

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
1 Main St.
Franklin, NJ 07416
Phone: (973) 827-7050
Fax: (973) 827-9193

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


 

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.