The cranberry sauce is for dad

Posted on December 13, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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People often say that one of the hardest things about that first year, the year after your loved one died, is that no one uses their name or talks about them. The hole in your heart begins to feel deeper and wider because talking about them seems forbidden. And as the holidays approach, the quietness […]

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Accepting an invitation

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Previous blog posts have acknowledged how hard it is to deal with special occasions (e.g. holidays, birthdays) when you’ve recently lost the one you love. So, what do you do when you receive an invitation for that special occasion that you don’t feel like accepting? Maybe you are afraid you’ll be a wet blanket, or […]

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Surviving the holidays

The First Thanksgiving Without the One You Love

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | 1 Comment
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Here they come. The holidays! You can’t really ignore them, but they are going to be different because that special person in your life is no longer going to be sharing the day with you. So, what do you do? First, acknowledge your loss and be aware that you need a plan. Thanksgiving isn’t just […]

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Veterans Day Thank You

Veterans Day – Thank You for Your Service

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Holidays, Veterans

Because you are there we all sleep better at night. You serve in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. Some of you serve for two years, some for twenty or more. Some enter into service at a tender age looking for opportunity. Some are following a longstanding family tradition. You are mothers, […]

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History of Veterans Day

The History of Veterans Day

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Veterans Day, a national and state holiday, serves as a day for Americans to come together to show their deep respect and appreciation for the military veterans of our country. It is the one day a year when we pause, reflect and show our gratitude to all those who are serving or have ever served […]

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