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Honoring Life

Honoring Life

Honoring and celebrating the life are the cornerstones of healing after loss.

Honoring the life of your loved one means you value the relationship you shared. We look forward to helping you decide how to celebrate that bond, and honor the unique individual you've lost. We can make suggestions to enhance your tribute ideas. Together we will create a fitting and memorable event. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.

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.

Reception Centers & Catering Services

Reception Centers & Catering Services

Well-appointed reception centers are located in many of our facilities. These centers have been the setting for many gatherings where friends and family have laughed, cried, and begun the healing process together. At Miller - Jones  we understand that families are seeking menu options that provide comfort and solace during a very difficult time. 

Familiar and simply prepared foods are known to give a sense of well-being and alleviate stress. We offer catering services for any size group, from simple deli delights to a full Italian buffet. Our director of catering will work with you and can assist in choosing the best options to fit your specific needs.

Memorial Stationery

Memorial Stationery

There are many ways to bring your loved one's personality into their funeral or memorial service. One way is a tribute video, showcasing treasured family photographs. Another is the use of personalized memorial stationery items, such as memorial and service folders, prayer cards, bookmarks, and registry books.

We are often stopped by guests as they leave a service; sometimes they simply want to thank us, other times they want to remark on the keepsake memorial stationery given to them during the service, and the words they speak are a testament to the power in such a gift. We hear it time and again: "I'll treasure this forever", or "I really appreciate their kindness." Despite the element of sadness in the event, a gift of memorial stationery can go a long way in lifting the burden of sorrow and replacing it with comfort and a certain sense of happiness.

Where else can such a small thing—a full color memorial or service folder or personalized prayer card—mean so much? After all, you are giving them a tangible way to hold their memories close; memorial stationery can be a constant reminder of a life well-loved. Not only that; it can be a continual source of comfort during the weeks, months and years following the service.

Customized and Personalized

Today's families are looking for unique ways to personalize their loved one's funeral, celebration-of-life, or memorial service, and memorial stationery is all that, and then some. Our full-color, themed stationery items take service personalization to the next level–affordably.

A Repository of Memories

If this idea sounds like something you would like to do for the guests at your loved one's service, we encourage you to speak with a member of our staff. Call us at (951) 658-3161 to learn more about our diverse selection of personalized memorial stationery items.

Tribute DVD

Tribute DVD

Your family photographs are skillfully blended with wonderful graphic images and music, to create an elegantly emotive cinematic video. It can be an integral part of any funeral or memorial service. After the ceremony, the video is sure to become a treasured family keepsake. And, we can make copies as gifts for family and friends.

Tribute DVD

Memorial Websites

The traditional newspaper obituary is quickly being replaced by the memorial website. We’ve taken the concept further than anyone else. Our memorial sites are not just a repository of family photos and videos; they’re tools for connecting with family and friends, all in honor of your loved one. We invite you to take a tour, so you can see its power to celebrate connections, honor a life, and record the love you shared.