Why Not Call the Funeral Director?

Posted on March 30, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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A husband and father of four dies suddenly. He languishes in the morgue at the coroner’s office for weeks because no one knows what to do and no one is empowered to act. The only thing the kids and grandchildren can agree on is that their father did not want to spend a lot of […]

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After the Funeral…What to Look Forward to

Posted on January 6, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Sometimes the future feels bleak. For those struggling with a recent death in their family or just beaten down by the news, it can be difficult to look forward, to anticipate, to feel hopeful. Most of us are removed from the rituals of spring. The tilling of the earth, getting our hands in the compost, […]

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Thinking No Funeral? Think Again.

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Maybe you’ve said it, or thought it? “I don’t need a funeral. You can just bury me in the backyard”. That’s the male version of negating the need for a funeral. But the sentiment is not unique to men. Women just say it differently. “I don’t want you to make a fuss. I don’t need […]

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What Does the Embalming Room Look Like?

Posted on August 3, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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What happens during the embalming process? What are the benefits of embalming? What are the options if I do not want my loved one embalmed? Embalming takes place in a designated area of the funeral home. This space is off-limits to all but the professional staff members. Similar to a surgical suite in a hospital, […]

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Normandy’s Hallowed Ground

Posted on May 25, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Every year on June 6, we recognize the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion during World War II. The invasion by the Allied Forces established a foothold on the shores of France; and was the start of the Allied advance into the interior which eventually lead to victory in Europe and liberty for the millions of […]

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