The famous anthropologist Margaret Mead said of death in America:
Well, not anymore.
There is a growing trend towards "personal tributes", "end of life celebrations", and "grief tributes". People want to connect: with each other, with the spirits of their loved ones, and with themselves.
Personalized tribute celebrations provide greater meaning to the life of the honoree while helping ease the pain of the mourners. If we can honor what is now for a celebration of what was then, it helps to create a transition, a small bridge for our emotions to begin to cross over from the "then" to the "now".