Exclusively offered through Lasting Tributes
Lasting Tributes has found a need within the community to expand funeral home offerings to provide a one of a kind tribute to a life lived. Families today are looking to further personalize their experience by having this time together reflect the life of the one they lost, offering to their guests a casual setting to Tell the Story of a Life Lived. With this known, Lasting Tributes is the exclusive provider of Tribute Specialists.
Our Tribute Specialists are trained to assist families during a very difficult time by facilitating a Tribute while collaborating with family members. They have been educated in areas of behavioral science with an emphasis on courses that focus on death and the grieving process. They provide an atmosphere of love, warmth, and understanding that surrounds the family to form a circle of trust. Our specialists can offer the family the ability to bring people together to celebrate the life of the deceased in a place where everyone feels welcome and free to share emotion without restriction that may be placed upon a family during this time of grief.
Every Tribute is different, no two are alike, and it is that individual, personalization that makes families feel secure in knowing their loved ones' life is shared with families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Tributes consist of favorite music, pictures, personal favorites, wine or champagne toasts and can be as creative as the family wants. Music and videos are played; poems, prayers, and personal testimonials are spoken. A display of your loved ones' favorite hobby can decorate the room to be on display for all to view. Our Tribute Specialists' make themselves available to families to ensure that all details are included. Our Tributes are available days, evenings, and weekends, providing the time for the family to adequately plan, which also allows out of town guests proper time to arrive.
Lasting Tributes exclusively offers the Tribute Specialists staff to families whether or not they choose a religious centered experience or a life history narrative. Our Specialists provide the ultimate time of celebrating a life lived and telling the story of the one you love through a time of shared memories that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Our Tribute Specialists
Mary Cahill-Kindrat, Tribute Specialist & Bereavement Coordinator
Mary was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She moved to Maryland where she met and married her husband Peter in l979. They have 3 children and two beautiful grandsons - Vincent and Jackson. Mary completed her Associates Degree in General Studies with area of concentration in Psychology and Gerontology. She then continued her studies at the University of Maryland University College where she obtained her Bachelors of Sciences Degree. She continues to study in the areas of Behavioral Science, Psychology, and Mental Health. Mary has been contributing in various roles since joining Lasting Tributes in 2011 but most recently found a new calling as a Tribute Specialist and Bereavement Coordinator. This has now become a growing need for our families that may have the desire for a highly personalized service time of remembrance shared with family and friends.
Mary has been drawn to the work of being a Tribute Specialist by her realization that every life has meaning and every family deserves the right to celebrate their loved one's life. She believes that whether a family is secular, spirtual, religious, interfaith or simply choose to provide a time to share the story of one's life is important to honor a life lived. Mary will spend the necessary time working with a family to learn about one's life and then facilitate a meaningful, memorable, fitting Time of Shared Memories for all to be involved in. Familes now realize that they can be part of the process of celebrating their loved ones life and personalize the service to meet each of their individual needs.
Rev. Benjamin Rainey, Tribute Specialist
Rev. Benjamin Rainey is pastor of Christ Fellowship Church near Laurel, MD and an associate with Lasting Tributes. He is an ordained minister, and has been involved in local church ministry for more than 12 years in Anne Arundel County.
Benjamin believes that a highly personalized service shows dignity to the deceased, and promotes healing for surviving friends and family. He serves families from a variety of denominational backgrounds. Benjamin’s warm and relational style puts people at ease, and provides excellent spiritual care through some of life’s most difficult circumstances.