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The Big Finale: An Event to Remember

When her sister’s plan for a personal funeral service was denied, Pam Vetter bucked the generic funeral system by delivering a meaningful event funeral and becoming a well-known Certified Funeral Celebrant to help other grieving families in the funeral process.

Vetter takes the reader on an emotional path from her dying sister’s requests, through botched funeral planning, to the resulting service that reflected her sister’s life. After the applause died down, the grief was overwhelming. Vetter set out on a journey of discovery in life and death by creating a meaningful path toward healing. By becoming a Celebrant, she helped other grieving families create personal, uplifting funeral services for Los Angeles celebrities and professionals. Celebrant services focus on sharing life stories because everyone has a story. Families only have one chance at a funeral and they want the service to be big, bold, meaningful, and memorable. Event funerals are not about a higher expense; they’re focused on storytelling by sharing heartfelt sentiments and moments of humor from someone’s life story.

While Celebrant funeral services can be religious, spiritual, or non-religious, they are fulfilling a need for the millions of people, especially baby boomers, who do not belong to a church. As baby boomers are leading the trend of personalizing funeral services, they are burying their parents and each other. In the next five to ten years, the need for funerals is going to increase as the baby boomer population ages. To start healing from loss, families are taking a hands-on approach to funeral planning.

In "The Big Finale," Vetter also shares her own bumps in the road of life revealing there are many reasons to grieve that reach beyond death. By accepting her losses, Vetter has transformed her grief into something amazing and constructive by listening to those who grieve, helping families, and creating honorable farewells. Sharing consumer tips to have the best funeral possible while fitting a budget, she inspires families to listen to each other and get hands-on involved in the funeral planning process to start healing after loss. The power lies within each one of us to create a meaningful farewell. You never forget the day you say goodbye.

Celebrant Pam Vetter, (818) 313-9009, CelebrantPam@aol.com.

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Media Questions:

What happens when someone doesn't belong to a church, suffers a loss, and goes to a funeral home to plan a service for a loved one? Often, they are offered an officiant who only inserts the name of the deceased into a cookie-cutter, generic service. Imagine enduring the same service that was used for dozens of other funerals.

Now, there are alternatives to truly celebrate the life someone lived. Spiritual and non-religious families are being offered Celebrants to research a life story, create a tribute, and conduct a service that lifts up a life. There are 1,200 Celebrants in the United States and Canada helping families plan personal, uplifting funeral services.

Celebrant Pam Vetter conducts funeral, memorial and graveside services in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California.


What is a Celebrant and how does the process differ from clergy?

Who does a Celebrant serve?

Why are baby boomers leading this growing trend of personal funeral service?

What is the importance of families getting involved in the process of funeral planning?

What do families need to know about consumer rights and funeral planning?

Why is it important to stick to a budget when grieving?

What kind of interesting services have you conducted?

Why is it important for families to talk about death before someone is ill?

How do you plan a funeral when the family is divided or estranged?

What kind of elements come into play for a meaningful funeral service?

When dealing with a gay or controversial life - is the planning different?

Is the job of funeral celebrant a growing profession?

With more elderly deaths in winter, should families pre-plan services?

If someone was difficult in life, how do you remember them in death?

Is it important to give a grieving family a meal or dessert after suffering a loss?

For more information contact Celebrant Pam Vetter (818) 313-9009 or e-mail CelebrantPam@aol.com.

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