ANORA specializes in preparing custom memorial events specially tailored to your loved ones. We take great care in the display of items which were dear and connected to the departed, to create a very sacred, personalized tribute to your honoured one.
Below are some dramatized examples of events that we have created as memorial themes to showcase an array of these ideas in practice.
Please note that Nora and Honore are fictional characters; created to demonstrate the details that can be incorporated to personalize an Honouring Event.
Nora lived a long and fulfilling life. She was working as a librarian when she met the young man who would become the love of her life. After Keith came back a third time to the library to ask for her assistance, she started to clue in that he may be interested in more than just books. They went on their first date a week later and the rest is history. Nora took a twenty-something leave from the library to raise their three children. During that time, she was active on the PTA, prayer circle, knitting, making and mending countless outfits for the kids, and keeping up a garden that yielded a huge bounty every year. When her youngest child Catherine started piano lessons, she took the opportunity to learn piano along with her daughter. Nora always had perfect pitch and was grateful for the addition of the piano to their humble home. After her children left the nest, she and Keith happily did some travelling. They did a lot of trips to Maui, Palm Springs and Arizona. She called these trips their “Winter Warmup”. One of their most memorable trips was going to Europe. They spent a lot of time in Ireland. They visited the town where her father was born and was thrilled to connect with cousins and share stories. The only thing better than being a parent is being a grandparent. The first time her grand daughter Katie said “Granny”, her heart melted!
All the items on display at her Honouring Event were chosen carefully by her children and grandchildren. Her grand daughters chose the Scrabble Board and tea pot, as they spent many hours challenging their granny to a scrabble match over many a cup of tea. They created words on the board to describe her. Such a great touch. Her children wanted her beautiful quilts and blanket on display. After the service, glasses were distributed to guests. Catherine played the keyboard, and everyone joined in singing “Auld Lang Syne”.
Look beyond the empty chair
To know a life well spent
Look beyond the solitude
To days of true content
Cherish in your broken heart
Each moment gladly shared
And feel the touch of memory
Beyond the empty chair
Honore was born in 1932 in Hawkesbury, Ontario. As a young boy, his mother lost track of him multiple times. He loved to wander off and adventure in the woods, playing make believe and even taking naps among the trees. His mother was at her wits end. A neighbour suggested that he join the local boy scouts to learn responsibility and how to take care of himself. This began his lifelong connection to the great outdoors. Ironically, Honore’s first job was cutting down trees in Northern Quebec. After doing that for a few seasons, a buddy of his convinced him to adventure to B.C. with him. He never looked back. Honore fell in love with B.C. and kept track of how many different lakes that he visited to fish over the years. His English greatly improved, and he made friends wherever he went. After living in many different communities in B.C., he eventually made Fort Langley his home. He retired from the local mill after thirty years of service. Retirement gave him more time for family, friends, fishing and the occasional trip to the casino.
His nieces and nephews chose the special items for his “Memorial Table” at his Honouring Event. They included some of his favourite records from his collection, one of his many fishing reels, his “uniform” of plaid shirts and his beloved Expos cap. His favourite cookies were paired with fresh apples. When the kids were little, they knew that Uncle Honore always had maple cookies. Every time they politely asked if they could have one and EVERYTIME he would tell them that they could have one after they finished an apple. The nephews even included one of their lacrosse sticks because although Honore wasn’t much of a player, he cheered on his nephews and even grand nephews at their lacrosse games. His family carried on the scouting tradition. His grand niece lovingly placed “heart” rocks in a circle with one rock in the middle. This is the scouter’s trail sign for “Gone Home.”
ANORA’s memorial tree is a great way to honour your loved one and get people participating in the Honouring Event. Family can hang personalized ornaments that could be the wood slices personalized similar those shown. Origami flowers can be hung. The options are endless. We can provide a memento for you or you may wish to create your own.
Lighting a candle to honour your loved one is also a great way to get people involved in the Honouring Event. Bringing light into these dark days can be very therapeutic.