Funeral Word Quiz

Posted on July 7, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Find out how much you know about funeral service. Match the definition to the words below. See how well you do. Definitions 1. A chemical process that uses a solution of 95% water and 5% potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide to reduce a body to components of liquid and bone. Bone fragments are retained so […]

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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
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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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Should we Have an Open Casket?

Posted on April 12, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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“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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Jewish Funeral Traditions

Posted on November 23, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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As we begin to learn more about religious practices outside of our own, it is sometimes surprising to find how much different faiths have in common. Mourners of all faiths understand the power of grief and the comfort of community. So, what happens when a person of the Jewish faith dies, and how can a […]

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How Can We Use Pictures at a Funeral?

Posted on September 28, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Saying good-bye to someone you love is hard. Using pictures at the funeral of the person who died is a wonderful way to help tell a life story. There are a variety of ways to use photos. Using photos that span the entire life of a person—Mom as a little girl on the farm, as […]

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