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
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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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Food and funerals

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