Death and Taxes

Posted on March 2, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Death and taxes (seemingly unlikely bed fellows at first glance) are often linked together because they have long been considered unavoidable life events. Some even say they are the only two things that are certain in life. Neither is something people typically look forward to, but they are both events that are anticipated and can […]

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What is a Celebration of Life?

Posted on February 16, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Do you have to be rich or famous to have a celebration of life? The celebration of life is the personal or individual aspect of a funeral service. It is about the person who died. It is about their relationships, their loves, their passions, their accomplishments, their beliefs, their talents. It is about what and […]

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Preplanning Your Funeral in your 60’s

Posted on February 2, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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According to a National Funeral Directors Association survey, more than half (62.5%) of us expect to participate in making our own funeral arrangements. And yet, less than a quarter of us have actually acted on that impulse. Not really so surprising since making funeral arrangements can literally be the very last thing we do. We can put it off right […]

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Grief is Individual

Posted on January 19, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Let’s talk about the stages of grief. There is denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I studied them in nursing school, reviewed them when I got divorced and generally found them to be a pretty accurate and helpful bit of knowledge. And then, a family member died. Stages? In our house it was more like we all went […]

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What is a Green Funeral?

Posted on January 5, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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The term “green funeral” refers to ceremony, service, and body disposition that focuses on preservation of the earth. Many of those who live “green” also wish to end “green”.  Just as living green is carried out in different ways and with many choices, there are also many different methods of having a green funeral. Your […]

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