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Celebrate a

life well lived


We believe the cookie-cutter funeral home isn't cutting it anymore. 

Families should have better options—and be empowered to plan an event that reflects their loved one's unique qualities.


That's why we created Lighten.  

Holding Hands

Plan a Personalized Memorial Service

Lighten offers an alternative to the funeral home, helping you honor your loved one with a memorial service in a location of your choosing—or in a virtual or hybrid format.


We pride ourselves on planning meaningful, personalized celebrations that honor your loved one’s life and legacy.

How We Can Help

Start planning your loved one's service by using our end-to-end Planning Center to collect photos of your loved one, capture important memories, and talk with your Lighten Team Member.

Step One


Contact Us

Get in touch with us

  • Complete a Lighten contact form to help us understand how we can best support your needs

  • Select a package and price point that work for you

  • We'll reach out to set up a consultation

Step Two



Tell us your story 

  • Use our Planning Center to put together a meaningful service, build a memorial website, and upload personalized elements

  • Your dedicated event planner will support you every step of the way

Step Three



Focus on what matters

  • Review our custom event recommendation​ as we confirm the elements of your service

  • Prepare for your digital memorial service in a walkthrough 

  • Celebrate the life of your loved one, while we handle the details


Coming together in a time of loss is more important than ever. Whether you choose an in-person, virtual, or hyrid event format, Lighten will handle the planning–so you can focus on what matters.


You nailed it. You absolutely nailed it. Thanks for all of your help and support over the past week. It was, as you know, a tough time – but with you there, it was a lot easier.

Steve & Katie N, Illinois

Planning an in-person gathering?

If you are interested in planning a full-service Celebration of Life, our team is here to help. 

Family Reunion

Now Offering Cremation 

In the Chicago area.

Honor your loved one and preserve their memory. 


Memorial planning can be heavy.


We're here to make it lighter.