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Celebration of Life

We offer an Experience that is different. Services performed by Certified Celebrants for traditional funerals or cremation. Experience Something Unique and Different... "Every Life is Worth Remembering"

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In February of 2012, Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. achieved a high honor, as they were awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 KIP (Keeping it Personal) Awards for Best in Funeral Personalization by the International Cemetery, Crematory, and Funeral Association, a worldwide organization of funeral service professionals and cemeterians. Curran was nominated for the funerals and Celebration of Life for Laura Stettmier and Chas Armitage.


Our Celebrant will make your loved one's life tribute a Unique and Meaningful experience.

What is a Celebrant?
A Celebrant is a person who is trained and certified to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. A Celebrant creates a personalized tribute service to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased.

What does a Certified Celebrant offer the Family?
Our Celebrants offer an alternative to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who simply do not wish to have a traditional religious service.

Our Celebrants have been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the individual.

Our Celebrants will schedule a special Family Time for those closest to share memories of the loved one's life making the essence of the tribute service based upon the remembrances of the family.

Our Celebrants have a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies and personal touches. The Celebrant will consult with the family to help design a service that best reflects and memorializes the life of their loved one.

Our Celebrants are bound by a Code of Ethics for complete confidentiality.

Why do we offer this service?
Like the past trend with cremation, in recent years we have been noticing increasing requests for non-religious ceremonies. In fact, on March 9, 2009, an Associated Press article written by Rachel Zoll was published. It presented the report from The Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut which surveyed 54,461 adults from February through November of 2008.

What did the survey of 54,461 reveal?
The survey found traditional organized religion playing less of a role in many lives. Thirty percent of married couples did not have a religious wedding ceremony and Twenty-Seven percent of respondents said they did not want a religious funeral.

What is different now?
Serving families who are not members of a place of worship is not new for us. In the past when arranging a service, families often asked if we could recommend a clergy person because they were not members of a church. This is a request we continue to fulfill for some families. However, more recently we have been noticing a change in that a growing number of families when arranging a service are specifically requesting to not have clergy present. They have also asked how we can help. Feeling obliged, we responded by having our associates further their education to become Certified Celebrants.

Why use a Certified Celebrant?
The comprehensive training for Certified Celebrants is established by the In-Sight Institute and assures your family that they are being served by someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best uniquely personalized tribute service possible.

I'm a member of a Church; can I still have a Tribute Service?
Absolutely. Some families choose to have the Tribute Service the evening before a Church Service, or incorporate the Celebration of Life Tribute into their funeral. We are very flexible, and will assist any way we can.

Can I confirm a Celebrant's credentials?
YES. Contact In-Sight Institute at: 1-800-658-9262 or online at:

"Every Life is Worth Remembering"


"The Celebration of Life Tribute Service Norm wrote was nothing short of excellent. This type of service was perfect due to the fact he wasn't affiliated with a church. Norm took exemplary care in assuring us in this process."
- Eric Nelson

"The Celebration of Life for Chas Armitage on Saturday was the most profound funeral I have ever attended. Norman went above and beyond to make it special."
- Pam Leh

"Each time a loved one is lost the grief, pain, and sadness are immeasurable and unique to each individual experiencing the loss. During the recent tragic loss of my husband and my two dear friends, James Kunkle and Norman Connors were both there for me going above and beyond what they needed to do. Both recognized and were sympathetic and sensitive to the uniqueness of the situation. We spent a morning with Norm, sharing stories of happy times with Chas, Laura, and Michael that became a part of Laura's Celebration of Life."
- Kathi Garone

The choice for the "Celebration of Life" was the best idea!!! Everyone loved it and its something my husband and I will choose for ourselves!!
- Kim Bash

The "Celebration of Life Service," allowed to meet as a family and talk about my husband, it helped us with our grief as well as preparing us for the service. Norman Connors and James Kunkle both were most helpful and caring. Norm Connors preparation of the service was excellent.
- Mary Alice Prebish