Many times a family may not know how to proceed in planning a funeral or memorial service for their loved one because they do not have a clergy person or other officiate.
At DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory, we have three Certified Life Celebrants on staff that can help provide meaning and personalization to your service. Patrick Creek, Danni Hubbard, Kris Henige, Constance Schaenon, and Ross C. DeJohn III have completed extensive training and have assisted numerous families that we have the privilege to serve in planning their loved one’s final tribute.
A family who chooses this option will meet with the Certified Celebrant to discuss their loved one’s personality, significant times and memories of their life. The Celebrant will then compose and present a personalized service that truly reflects the true essence of the life being celebrated that day. Some of the optional tributes that a family may choose to add to a service are: readings of favorite passages, videos, meaningful songs, or personal messages spoken by family or friends. Although the Certified Celebrants are not clergy members, the services can include religious references or be completely secular.
Whether the service involves a traditional burial or a cremation, the opportunity to celebrate their loved one’s life in this manner has been very valuable to many families. They otherwise may have chosen not to have a service and would not have experienced the closure that gathering and sharing with friends and family can bring.
To learn more please view our Celebrants Brochure.
Meet our Certified Celebrants:
“Danni – Not sure that I can put into words the eulogy that you wrote. You are so creative, gifted and your level of detail was evident as you wrote our story about Aunt Pearl. I am sure you could tell how special she was to us and now everyone else understands after listening to you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it a simply beautiful service. Finally, I will always look at a “PEARL” differently and so will everyone else in that room as they now have one to hold and remember her by… Top-Notch, Thank you!” – Lisa Michalk
“I have been getting comments all week as to what a wonderful celebrant you (Patrick Creek) were and are. They were surprised by how much of Bob’s life you actually talked about since I guess others have had unfavorable experiences with ministers. Thank you for the final copy of the service and for the candle. I am lucky to be so close to the cemetery so I’ve visited Bob several times – once to wash off all the beer that friends have been drinking with him! So, time to move on. I just wanted you to know I can’t express how thankful we were to find you to be the celebrant for the service. God Bless You!” – Barb Rasmussen
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