Celebrating Life


Every person is unique, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral or ceremony. Some find comfort in family and friends, flowers, and a religious ceremony. Others find comfort in solitude and prefer simple, small private last rites with only close family and intimate friends.

We offer many ways to help families personalize and customize a funeral or memorial service. Personalization not only provides a special way to remember a loved one, it also allows those present to participate in the ceremony. In addition to some of our Personalizing Services presented below, we welcome the opportunity to discuss other options as well to assist you in creating a truly memorable service.


Personalization isn't just about honoring your loved one's individuality. It also allows family and friends to feel connected to the services and the life being honored. A memorable and meaningful service can be an important part of the healing process for those who are coping with a loss. We work closely with you to get to know your loved one's life story and brainstorm ways to represent your bond and pay tribute to their unique journey.


Hold your event before or after a gathering, visitation, memorial service or funeral. You can choose a reception even if you forego a service.


A display of photographs rekindles memories and stimulates people to reminisce, share a story or even a laugh. A framed portrait can be displayed during visitation, service and/or at home.

We can help:

  • Provide picture boards to display your photographs during visitation or before the service
  • We then place your completed collage in poster sized, glass frames and place them on easels
  • Restoration, and editing of photos available
  • Enlargement and printing of photos available

We also encourage families to display cherished mementos, collectibles and personal items that will evoke fond and pleasant memories of the unique person he or she was.


A tribute on DVD prompts conversation about good memories and special times shared. We encourage families and friends to gather photos and use a tribute on DVD during visitation hours or services in our chapel. The production of photo-tributes on DVD is available within 24 hours.

At our Gastonia location only, we do have a state of the art video system available for your use. You are able to connect your laptop to our audio-video system and have your photos/presentation displayed during the visitation and/or the service on our projection screen. We also have the ability to play tributes recorded on DVD or photos from a memory stick.


Adding the warm glow of candlelight is a way to create a calm and peaceful ambiance before, during and after the ceremony. Some types of candles can be even personalized with the photo of your loved one, dates or even a poem. Our annual Memorial Service held near the holidays uses the warm glow of many differently shaped and sized candles to remember those who have passed away during that year.

Families may supply their own music or are welcome to choose from the McLean Funeral Directors music library. We also offer the option of live music. Our extensive list of talented musicians includes quartets, vocalists, bagpipers and other instrumentalists


McLean Funeral Directors offers a large selection of memorial stationery including register books, laminated bookmarks, service folders, prayer/religious cards, memory books for guests to leave their thoughts, memories, or other messages.  In-house production and custom personalization of all items.

What can I have printed? Add a photo of your loved one or other cherished photos, favorite verses or text of your choosing themed stationary, service clubs, color or black and white, the choices are many.


For millennia, the dove has been the symbol of the human soul. These elegant birds leap into the sky with energy and exuberance. If not practical due to seasonal conditions, we suggest that the release commemorate a special anniversary or event following the services. Ask one of our funeral directors for more details.


Memorial sites not only allow you to share stories, photos, and videos of your loved one; they also allow you to connect with family and friends. When visiting the Celebration Wall, guests can leave text comments to share condolences, offer words of support and sympathy through video or audio messages, or leave a meaningful symbol when words just aren't enough. Guests can also view the obituary and service information, and order gifts and flowers directly through the site. This page serves as a permanent virtual tribute to your loved one, and a place you can return whenever you'd like to revisit memories and reconnect with messages of support and love.


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