Food and funerals

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Funeral, Funeral Service

Why is food such a fundamental part of any funeral? Food provides comfort and strength. A gift of food shows that we care. It’s natural to connect food with the healing process of a funeral. When should you give food? What’s helpful without being overwhelming?  How do you accept food graciously without having to buy […]

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Remembering a rabid football fan

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Celebration of Life, Funeral Service

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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Funerals are for Saints and Sinners

Posted on August 23, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | 1 Comment
Posted under Burial, Celebration of Life, Cremation, Funeral, Funeral Service, Memorial Service, Visitation, Visitation

These days we’re hearing a lot about life celebrations. A funeral is a ceremony for someone who has died and the survivors. A celebration of life is a funeral with a celebratory feel and it may or may not have a faith-based component. Celebrating the life of the accomplished, the kind, and the generous feels […]

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How to Dress for a Funeral

Posted on August 1, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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First, understand that what you wear to the funeral is much less important than actually going to the funeral or gathering.  Don’t underestimate the value of your presence. Your kind words, shared stories, or even just a hug will mean a great deal to friends and family when there has been a death. Don’t let […]

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How to Say the Right Thing at a Funeral

Posted on June 23, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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First, take a deep breath and relax. We all worry that we’ll say the wrong thing. Second, know that you don’t have to be eloquent. While we wish it were so, you can’t make everything all better with a few words. Here are a few simple ideas to keep in mind to be sure you […]

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