Melissa Rainey — Owner
I am a San Diego native and love living in Southern California and feel so grateful that I get to call San Diego my home.
I graduated college from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh PA in 2001. I received a Business degree as well as a Sports Management degree. Shortly after graduation I had a hard time starting my career in the Sports Management industry and jumped into sales for the next 15 years. Because I didn’t really feel very fulfilled with my career I was planning a number of events for family and friends for years while working in my sales jobs.
After a dear friend passed and I was asked to plan his Celebration of Life memorial services I was honored to help his fiancé in planning a large scale Celebration of Life for him. We planned it in two and a half weeks and there were over 300 people there. By doing this, I saw firsthand how much grief mixed with the stress of planning a large event with a ton of moving parts in a short amount of time really doesn’t allow the person to grieve or even be present the day of the memorial.
In early 2016 I decided that I wanted to follow my desire to be of service to others as well as tap into my creativity by planning and coordinating events. So I quit my corporate career and took a risk in starting Eternally Loved. I realized my sanity, passion, happiness, and desire to help others especially in their biggest time of need were worth leaving the 9-5.
I needed to follow my heart and shift my focus into helping families and friends in their times of need. I have been honored to be able to plan beautiful events that honored their loved ones. I saw how much having a planner helped his significant other and his friends since they were going through their time of grief. Even though I was too, I have a skill that could be put to use. Also it made me question, why is it so common to have a wedding planner where they have a year or more to plan usually and have all the same aspects as a memorial (event wise)? What I mean by that is there are flowers, officiants, venue, food and beverage, programs, audio visual, musicians, etc for both type of celebrations BUT with a memorial you are grieving, and usually only have 2-4 weeks to plan? Why aren’t there more planners offering help with memorials? In my research I have only found 3 other companies in the US that specifically offer Memorial or Celebration of Life Planning from Event Coordinators and no one in San Diego offering this kind of service. I saw a crucial need for something, found that I was good at it, and loved doing it.
Since the beginning of 2016 I have been honored to help multiple families in planning and coordinating their loved ones memorials. I also had an amazing experience planning a “Living Memorial” for a terminally ill woman last year. I helped a few people put on Pet Memorials to really show their love their pets that had passed away. I have set up a few pre-plan packets for very smart clients that are thinking ahead so they don’t have to leave their family with guesswork and stress.
I am married and have 2 dogs and 2 cats that I love dearly, and I am a grateful person that loves the fact that I get to help people and live every day with happiness in my heart because of it.
Hours of operation:
Mon 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm