Who doesn’t enjoy a celebration?  Celebrating fun events such as births, marriages, and graduations are easy. They are the highlights of our lives. They are all life achievements that deserve recognition and rightly so! We might even celebrate overcoming a health obstacle, retirement, becoming a grandparent or living to the age of 100.

But what about the end of life? We don’t usually think about it. It is not an event that we openly embrace or recognize often enough because of the negative connotation of death. Death being thought about as the end; the last part of life; maybe even a tragedy. It is mostly unknown and usually feared. However, it is still a part of life. We will all be influenced by death at some point through ourselves or someone we know.

If we lived forever, how wasteful would we be with our time? If death didn’t exist, what would we accomplish when we could just do it tomorrow or another time? Death is necessary to bring meaning to our life experiences.

We celebrate because a life was born, lived, and then departed. Death is the final life achievement no matter what age. It is not an achievement we strive for but it is one that takes its position in the time spectrum of life and for that it deserves honor.

Honoring life is what we do.  The choice of cremation or burial is somewhat irrelevant as those are simply options of final disposition. Honoring life takes form in a ceremony.