Why Preplanning is a Good Thing for Parents

Posted on June 8, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Advance funeral planning / preplanning

No one likes to imagine a time when they’re not around to help their children anymore. A parent’s job is never done, regardless of how old their children are. But there may be a time when a parent is no longer there physically for their children. However, there’s one final gift that any parent can […]

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Memorial Service – Does My Casket or Urn Need to Be Present?

Posted on May 25, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Funeral Service, Memorial Service

A memorial service differs from a traditional funeral service in that it takes place after final disposition. Final disposition is either the cremation or burial of the deceased. So, the answer is no—neither the urn nor the casket need to be present at a memorial service. That said, in the case of a memorial service […]

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Five Tips to Help with the Year of Firsts

Posted on April 26, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Grief

The first year following the death of someone dear—a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or a good friend—is frequently referred to as “the year of firsts.” It will be the first time the holidays, birthdays, and the occasions both sad and happy that were shared and witnessed with the person who has passed […]

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Should we Have an Open Casket?

Posted on April 12, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Funeral Service

“I was very surprised at my reaction. Seeing John in his casket wasn’t something I was looking forward to. His daughter (from his first marriage) really wanted an open casket.  So, I agreed. Mostly just to remain on good terms with my stepdaughter. He looked so peaceful. He had a Mona Lisa smile. I am […]

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Why Not Call the Funeral Director?

Posted on March 30, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Funeral

A husband and father of four dies suddenly. He languishes in the morgue at the coroner’s office for weeks because no one knows what to do and no one is empowered to act. The only thing the kids and grandchildren can agree on is that their father did not want to spend a lot of […]

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