Eternally Loved – Celebrations of Life & Love
Melissa Rainey, Owner
I am a Celebration of Life memorial planner that helps people honor the perfection of their loved ones life. By having Eternally Loved take care of planning and coordinating a memorial, I can relieve the stress while you are grieving so you can truly honor your loved ones amazing life.
After working with numerous clients I have seen that dealing with daily life while dealing with grief is very overwhelming. Having to worry about the 50 plus things you have to do to put together an amazing Celebration of Life that adds up to 70-80 hours of work is very stressful. To have Eternally Loved come in and take that off their plate is extremely helpful. But even more importantly, I have seen what a gift it is for people to be present at the memorial instead of worrying about the details of the event, before during and after.
A celebration of life is a more uplifting event that incorporates colors and themes to showcase the perfection of their life. Many people would prefer to have a Celebration of Life versus a funeral that can tend to be more somber and traditional. Ultimately, I feel like a Celebration of Life’s purpose is it Celebrate the life that was lived, rather than just mourning the passing. Of course there still might be tears and sadness but ultimately the vibe and mood is celebratory to honor an amazing life.
I meet with the family at their home to find out more about what that person meant to them and more about who they were so I can tailor the memorial to these details. I also have the ability to work with their schedules and time constraints.
I am the point of contact for the family member. I do as much as they want or need me to do. I don’t just find a venue book a few vendors and see them there the day of the event. If they want to incorporate a take home gift, a slideshow, and a program, I am able to make those for them – from design to their approval, then pick them up and provide them at the Memorial. I do not want my clients to have to sit in front of a computer for hours trying to figure out a slideshow presentation program or running to multiple places picking up items. I do all of that for them. Also they will not be bombarded by vendor emails and phone calls – they all go through me.
When we are experiencing grief, we need to focus on other things. I am able to assist in decisions in a difficult time, it can be overwhelming to need to make decisions on what seems to be minor details.
I am a neutral and concerned mediator that works with family members and vendors while emotions are running high.
I want to help my clients know that they have honored their loved one in the most complete and respectful way possible.
I can relieve anxiety of spending too much or fear of not spending enough. I have experience negotiating with vendors that I have established relationships with.
Eternally Loved has access to resources and relationships that help in having a quality memorial and still stay within budgets.
Ultimately my goal is to lessen stress by letting my clients know that their responsibilities and the details of hosting a Celebration of Life are being handled while they are grieving.
Eternally Loved also offers coordination of Living Memorials, which is a great option for terminally ill patients that want to experience all the love from their family and friends while they are still here. I also do Pet Memorials, and offer pre-planning for people to leave their Memorial wishes for their family.
Everyone always asks me how did I get the idea to start this kind of company and provide this kind of service. I had a friend that past away from cancer about 2 years ago and his wife had asked me to help plan the Celebration of life since I have experience planning events. She is one of the smartest, most
poised and organized people I know and when I sat down with her to find out what she wanted to incorporate in the Memorial she just looked blank. Right then I saw the need. Why do we have wedding planners that have a year to plan an event and with memorials we are grieving and usually have 2-3 weeks to coordinate an event with the same moving parts as a wedding?
Please contact me if I can help you and your family in any way.
Melissa Rainey (951) 837-5242,