Why embalm?

Embalming … What Funeral Directors Do

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Funeral Service

What is embalming? Embalming is the art of slowing the decomposition of the human body. The embalming process is carried out in a clean environment, and proceeds in a fashion similar to medical procedures. First, the body is washed and sanitized, and the limbs are massaged to remove stiffness. The facial features are then set, […]

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When the soul leaves the body … reacting to a sudden unexpected death

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Dealing with Loss, Funeral Service

Sometimes, if you are open to it, you can receive amazing information in the most unlikely ways.  For example, there was a driver who was taking a woman to the airport when she received the news that a family member had died. The woman gasped and her driver, who was from another culture, asked if […]

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Make Family the Foundation for Funeral Planning

Posted on February 7, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Advance funeral planning / preplanning, Funeral, Funeral Service

There are two ways to take care of funeral planning: 1) you can plan your own funeral in advance or 2) your survivors can plan your funeral for you after your death. Regardless of when or who plans the funeral, the planning needs to begin from the inside out. It needs to start with your […]

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Who Will Take Care of My Funeral Plans?

Posted on January 24, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Advance funeral planning / preplanning, Funeral, Funeral Service

It is not uncommon for people to ask themselves, “Since I never had any children, who will take care of my funeral plans?” That is all the more reason to preplan your own Each state has laws that say who will “own” your body when you die.  The “owner” is responsible for making and paying […]

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Get Your Family Involved in Funeral Planning

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Burial, Celebration of Life, Cremation, Funeral, Funeral Service, Memorial Service, Visitation, Visitation

When death is near or has just occurred, there are so many things to do and yet there is nothing you can do. You feel helpless. You can’t make the person well or bring them back.  But you know you will, very soon, need to make many decisions about the service, the final resting place, […]

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