Denise Taylor

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!”
— Dr. Seuss

In 2008, Denise Taylor had a surprising vision for her daughter’s Celebration of Life. Having learned the power of perspective through Jonnae’s leukemia journey, Denise wanted to encourage family and friends to fuel gratitude, not grief, when the teen passed.

Jonnae had recently dreamt she was a star, so Denise hosted a red carpet event, premiering her life tribute video on the big screen of a local theater. It was an incredibly uplifting Celebration of Life!

Several years later, when Denise began thinking about what she’d want family to experience after her passing, she met with several funeral directors. The one who advertised they do personal celebrations dropped their planner on her table and said “You’re an Irish Wake on steroids” She then created Surprise Invite to

  • help one preplan their personalized Celebration of Life

  • assist them in keeping their plan current

  • spare family the creation of the event, so they’ll fully experience the Celebration; not be totally exhausted by planning/hosting it!