Why Don’t We Celebrate Life While the Person is Alive?

Posted on June 8, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Interesting question, isn’t it? The person asking the question had recently attended what he described as a “fabulous funeral.” Turns out the funeral was billed as a celebration of life. Our questioner, Mark, attended because the person who died was the mother of a co-worker he had worked with for more than 30 years. Mark […]

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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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Choosing the Right Funeral Service: 10 Steps to Help You Get it Right

Posted on December 22, 2022 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Who gets to decide what is included in a funeral service? Each state has laws that govern who has control over the body of a person who has died. In most states if the individual was married, the spouse will be responsible for taking care of the disposition (what happens to the body) and funeral […]

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It’s a Funeral … Go Ahead and CRY

Posted on December 8, 2022 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Should Americans get more comfortable with tears? When it comes to funerals Americans can sometimes feel uncomfortable both shedding tears or observing their flow from a fellow mourner. Perhaps you have attended a funeral and noticed those who need to weep often leave the room? They retire to the restroom or go outside for a […]

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Planning a Funeral for Someone in Hospice Care

Posted on September 1, 2022 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Having a family member in hospice care is not easy. There is no denying death is near.  Sometimes the care is difficult, especially when the illness is painful. Life is coming to an end.   Sometimes the funeral is something that the person who is dying wants to talk about.  They open the discussion. They […]

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