Cemeteries – A final resting place

Posted on October 1, 2021 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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If you are of a certain age you may have grown up as a “free range child”. Children born after the second world war, mid-century modern kids, were very likely to participate in unorganized free play. Meaning, they roamed a geographic territory, outlined by their parents, unfettered. They played with other neighbor children until the […]

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Writing the Thank You Notes

Posted on August 6, 2021 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Writing thank you notes is usually one of the very first “after the funeral” tasks you will undertake. You may be surprised to find that your brain/hand coordination is not working so well. You sit there with pen in hand and well-formed thoughts in your head, but somehow it all gets lost between the head […]

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Preserving the Family Relationship while Planning a Funeral

Preserving the Family Relationship while Planning a Funeral

Posted on September 18, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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You are with someone with whom you share some history. Maybe it’s a brother, sister, or a childhood friend. You are talking about an event from the “old days” and you suddenly realize you all remember the event a little differently. Most of us have had this experience. Our relationships work in a similar fashion. […]

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Remembering a rabid football fan

Remembering a rabid football fan

Posted on September 4, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Football, the American kind played with a spheroid shaped ball called a pig skin, is the be all end all fall activity for millions of Americans. Fans purchase large screen televisions just to watch the game. Others set up multiple televisions in their game day viewing rooms. All manner of hats, shirts, blankets, sweaters, jackets, […]

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Why embalm?

Embalming … What Funeral Directors Do

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