• Life Well Celebrated - Dignity Jacksonville - For him, the road less traveled led straight to happiness.
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The celebration of a lifetime begins here.

Unique passions. Personal stories. Each life is like no other — and deserves a celebration to match. Whether you're planning a memorial for yourself or for a loved one, simply provide the inspiration — and let us take care of the details.

Our professionals feel memorials should be as singular as the individual they honor. The passions that drive us should be celebrated. But where do you start?

Inspiration starts here. Let's create a fitting tribute.

What drives you? Defines you? Whether it's a team, tune, talent or anything else under the sun — there are as many ways to celebrate a person's life as there are stars in the sky. And it's the things that make a person one-of-a-kind that should be celebrated at their memorial. Dignity Memorial® professionals will take care of every little detail. What will you choose?

Passion play: A ceremony for golfers

Almost everyone knows a golfer who loves spending life on the green. When it's time to plan the perfect memorial service for your favorite golfer, consider some elements inspired by her favorite pastime. The setting? An outdoor service with a putting green, of course. For guests, custom imprinted golf balls and tees as fitting mementos and club sandwiches on the menu. Add a string quartet as an elegant final foursome. Whatever her handicap on the course, Dignity Memorial® professionals can plan a beautifully inspired celebration to capture the essence of what she most enjoyed.

One spicy send-off: Bill Malone

A guy like Bill could start a party just by entering a room. He was big in stature and generous in spirit — except when it came to his BBQ sauce. Everyone, including his pastor, had tried to pry that recipe out of him for decades, without success. They all thought he'd take it to his grave. Which is why he decided that his memorial service was the perfect place to "let the cat out of the bag." He planned the ceremony with us right down to the tablecloths — blue-and-white check, nothing too fancy. The main event was a down-home BBQ following his service — short ribs, brisket and chicken — right on the well-manicured grounds of the cemetery. He wanted a country band to keep things lively, and we helped him find one that certainly did. He also arranged for each guest to take home a bottle of his signature sauce and a copy of the no-longer-secret recipe. Now his spicy legacy will definitely live on.

Mobile One spicy send-off: Bill Malone

A guy like Bill could start a party just by entering a room. He was big in stature and generous in spirit — except when it came to his BBQ sauce. Everyone, including his pastor, had tried to pry that recipe out of him for decades, without success. They all thought he'd take it to his grave. Which is why he decided that his memorial service was the perfect place to "let the cat out of the bag." He planned the ceremony with us right down to the tablecloths — blue-and-white check, nothing too fancy. The main event was a down-home BBQ following his service — short ribs, brisket and chicken — right on the well-manicured grounds of the cemetery. He wanted a country band to keep things lively, and we helped him find one that certainly did. He also arranged for each guest to take home a bottle of his signature sauce and a copy of the no-longer-secret recipe. Now his spicy legacy will definitely live on.

Homage to the open road: Reginald "Dude" Lawson

Not long after he learned how to walk, he learned how to ride. A bright-blue Schwinn gave way to a moped soon enough, and before long the course was set — as was his own compass for the open road. At 19, he used his savings from working nights and weekends at the A&P to buy his first motorcycle: a second-hand beauty which led him to freedom, more than a few back-road adventures and — somewhere in Arizona — the nickname "Dude." So when it came time for a fitting memorial, his friends knew just what to do — nothing short of a motorcycle motorcade, heading straight into the chapel. Riding was his passion, so naturally that's how he should be chaperoned to his next destination. By working with Dignity Memorial® professionals, his vintage motorcycle group mapped the whole ceremony out — right down to the bouquets in vintage oilcans and 1947 Indian motorcycle key rings for guests. Heaven has no speed limit, so you go, Dude!

Homage to the open road: Reginald "Dude" Lawson

Not long after he learned how to walk, he learned how to ride. A bright-blue Schwinn gave way to a moped soon enough, and before long the course was set — as was his own compass for the open road. At 19, he used his savings from working nights and weekends at the A&P to buy his first motorcycle: a second-hand beauty which led him to freedom, more than a few back-road adventures and — somewhere in Arizona — the nickname "Dude." So when it came time for a fitting memorial, his friends knew just what to do — nothing short of a motorcycle motorcade, heading straight into the chapel. Riding was his passion, so naturally that's how he should be chaperoned to his next destination. By working with Dignity Memorial® professionals, his vintage motorcycle group mapped the whole ceremony out — right down to the bouquets in vintage oilcans and 1947 Indian motorcycle key rings for guests. Heaven has no speed limit, so you go, Dude!

The joy of paddling celebrated: Pat Nguyen

She first picked up a paddle in summer camp, and that was all it took to spark a lifetime passion. For their honeymoon, she and Evan traveled to Alaska to kayak amid the grandeur of glaciers and in the presence of remarkable wildlife. She became a certified instructor and on weekends encouraged others to experience the peace and wonder of being on the water. For her memorial, it wasn't hard to figure out what to plan. Her passion led the way, and the professionals at Dignity Memorial® handled all the details. It was an outdoor ceremony with candles in seashells, oysters on the half shell and the most personal of all touches: her fellow paddlers carried her urn in the beautiful kayak she had made by hand. Her husband had even arranged for a custom headstone to be made with a paddle and the words "Keep on paddling!" No doubt that's exactly what she's doing at this very moment.

The joy of paddling celebrated: Pat Nguyen

She first picked up a paddle in summer camp, and that was all it took to spark a lifetime passion. For their honeymoon, she and Evan traveled to Alaska to kayak amid the grandeur of glaciers and in the presence of remarkable wildlife. She became a certified instructor and on weekends encouraged others to experience the peace and wonder of being on the water. For her memorial, it wasn't hard to figure out what to plan. Her passion led the way, and the professionals at Dignity Memorial® handled all the details. It was an outdoor ceremony with candles in seashells, oysters on the half shell and the most personal of all touches: her fellow paddlers carried her urn in the beautiful kayak she had made by hand. Her husband had even arranged for a custom headstone to be made with a paddle and the words "Keep on paddling!" No doubt that's exactly what she's doing at this very moment.

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Dignity Memorial® Professionals at Your Service

Our professionals excel at managing even the smallest detail, so your memorial-planning experience is effortless and seamless. No matter what kind of celebration you envision, you can trust Dignity Memorial professionals with the planning. We're at your service to create your perfect service.

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The Dignity Memorial® network is North America's largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services. We're dedicated employees who provide memorial expertise to hundreds of thousands of families each year. We assist families with compassion and guidance at difficult times, helping them celebrate the significance of unique lives that have been lived and preserve memories that transcend generations, with dignity and honor.

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