"My mother's death was very sudden and unexpected. I have always heard the saying the lord works in mysterious ways but this week was evidence of that. My mother died on Monday and my god- daughter while visiting her son in the hospital happen to mention this to one of the other visitors there. I was so very happy that this occurred as I got to meet Rikki Farrar. Rikki came and spoke to my family one night for about an hours and turned that brief encounter to the experience of a lifetime. She celebrated my mother's death at her funeral today and it was wonderful! I personally had never heard of a celebrant. Let me be the first to say she was wonderful, magnificent, delightful, and engaging to say the least. My mother was Canadian and tonight while at her home I got not one, but two calls from her family in Canada saying they heard how wonderful the service was. I would have to give 80% of that credit to Rikki and her celebrant services she did. I could never thank her enough and highly reccomend her services.
"Wow! What can we say other than thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Mom's Re- Past Service a beautiful celebration of her life. When we chose you, we put all of our faith in you, and knew that you would make it perfect. Rikki sat with us patiently for three hours as we talked about what a great loss we had just suffered.
She laughed with us as the memories of Mom poured out of our hearts. Rikki was also very professional, and did not rush us as we cried so often thinking of how Mom was gone; and reassured us that Mom's life could be celebrated appropriately. Our family and friends were so excited when they entered the celebration and saw all of Rikki's beautiful touches all around the room. Mom's pictures were on a table that was a Shrine to the wonderful life that our mother lived, just the entire set up could not have been more perfect.
Again Rikki we are so amazed and delighted that we chose YOU to make our "Celebration of Life Perfect. May God continue to bless you as you help families in the healing process of grieving for their loved one."
Stacy and Jennifer
"Thank you again for making everything so perfect. I was truly amazed how you remembered the stories I told you about mom. All of your little personal touches were noticed. I loved the embroidered letter B on the programs. The rose ceremony was also a lovely addition.
Everything was so organized and thought out, down to the receiving line. That was special.
If I could have given more, I would have because you were truly worth it. I believe this is the ministry God has called on you to lead. Keep up the great work and God Bless!
P.S your mom is definitely smiling down on you with pride. I just felt your spirit through your website, and lucky for me I was right!"
"I just saw you on The Shark Tank show and wanted to tell you how much I was encouraged by your message. I truly think they missed the point of your business and hope that because of your exposure that many more people will head in the direction of having a celebration for their loved ones rather than just a funeral.
Your business really hit home with me because we lost a daughter in 2006. We were graced with her presence for 100 days, which we decided to see as a blessing from God. We had a celebration service for her and as the sharks failed to see, it was not planned by the funeral home. It was planned by us, mostly me, and some close friends. What a blessing it would have been to have someone to think clearly for us. Thankfully it all went well, but I totally see the blessing in having someone to help at that point.
Thank you for what you are doing. I believe you will be blessed beyond measure for helping so many families to grieve in a much better way." ~Christine~
"I never had the chance to tell you what a great job you did with Ms. Wade’s funeral service. The eulogy was outstanding! I know that may sound a little morbid but it truly was. I had no clue what a Funeral Celebrant was or what we should be celebrating, but it all came together. Rikki, you were excellent and kept the crowd very engaged. The minister opened and closed with a prayer, but you completely focused on who Ms. Wade was, and the impact her loss had on us all. I enjoyed the service (and the Shark Tank show) and I just wanted to let you know that!"
B. Johnson, Pittsburgh, PA
"The celebration of life party for my wife was simply amazing. We were married for 42 years and her death shook me to my core. I was not familiar with such a celebration and by the end of the night it felt more like our wedding reception than her memorial tribute. I love my daughter for the phenomenal job she did on her mother’s celebration and I wish Good Grief Celebrations much success!"
Richard Farrar Pittsburgh, Pa
"No mother should ever out live her child. My princess and I were so close I just knew that she would be the one to take care of me when I get old. My 19 year old princess was killed two years ago and all I have done since is grieve. I still can’t find the words to explain my pain. I dwelled on all that could have been and should have been and I wasn’t sure how I would go on.
I heard about Good Grief Celebrations from a friend and decided to give them a call. After the consultation (which was free and gave me great information about the company) I decided to purchase a memorial tribute movie and calendar. Although nothing will bring my baby back I watch the DVD movie a few times a week and smile. I decided to only use pictures of the two of us, and it makes me feel closer to her.
I just think it’s so wonderful what this company does! Thank you so very much Rikki and all the people of Good Grief Celebrations!"
Rosario Rodriguez Brigsby Allentown, Pa
"I truly appreciate the memorial tribute basket I received from my neighbor when I lost my husband several months ago. I opened the basket and placed his photo inside for father’s day. He loved wine and the basket has become a small tribute in his honor. I received so many wonderful condolence gifts however the Good Grief Celebrations tribute basket was the most thoughtful!"
Sherry Jackson Mt Holly, NJ
"We laughed we cried what can we say “THANK YOU ". What an amazing professional company. From the beginning to the end our experience with Good Grief Celebrations was above par. We would recommend them for all your tribute needs!"
Kelly and Kevin Maccioni Phila, Pa
An independent survey performed on behalf of Good Grief Celebrations established the following results:
88% of people surveyed confirmed that they would like to have their family, friends and loved ones throw them a celebration of life party when they pass away.
89% of grieving people surveyed affirmed they would rather receive a portrait, tribute DVD movie, or similar non perishable gift instead of flowers from a friend or loved one during their time of grief.
85% of people polled agreed with the motto: “A life lived is a life worth celebrating” and said that they would consider a celebration of life party for a child who passed away.