ASK THE PROFESSIONAL
Appearing monthly in the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper, this column addresses questions from the community about funerals. The questions are diverse and cover all aspects of funeral service. If you have a specific funeral-related question, contact the A-T, or, better yet, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or Contact Us and ask us right now!
ANNUAL HOLIDAY MEMORIAL SERVICE
Every year in early December, we invite all the families we have served in the past year to a service commemorating their loved one. We usually have one or two clergypersons from the community speak on "Hope for the Holidays." We also provide a beautiful ornament engraved with their loved one's name, for them to hang on our Holiday Tree during the service. There is a very moving Candlelight Service, after which the family is encouraged to take their ornament home and hang on their tree. This service has proven very popular over the years. It is free and open to the public.
We know that grief does not end with the funeral. That is why we extend our Continuing Care Program to every family we serve. Families appreciate the assistance, guidance, and practical tips on how to cope with life without their special loved one. We feel this is a very important part of our mission of service to families.
VIDEO MEMORIAL TRIBUTES
We offer video memorial tributes for those families wishing to express their memories in a very special way. The family provides us with photographs, music, and special sentiments. In 24 hours, a professional video memorial, either VHS or DVD, is produced to be played for family and friends throughout the visitation. This is a very personal and meaningful way to remember a loved one, at a very reasonable price.
We believe in educating everyone, especially young people, about death and the importance of ritual and ceremony. That is why we host, twice a year, a special open house to high school students, describing what we do, answering any questions the kids may have, and taking them on a tour of the funeral home, especially the casket selection and embalming rooms. This open house is always met with enthusiasm by the students.
High Schools, Sunday School classes, church groups, women's groups, Boy Scouts, and others have all benefited from incorporating our funeral home into their program schedule, either by having their meeting at our funeral home, or by us coming to their meeting and speaking on any topic of interest. We feel the more people know, the more they can freely make an informed decision when necessary. Contact us to schedule a talk with your group.