Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Read this blog even though you don’t want to. Especially if you or your parent is over 65 or living alone. Age Associated Financial Vulnerability is a real thing and it affects intelligent independent people. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau puts the cost of elder financial exploitation as high as $36 billion a year. If […]

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How to personalize a funeral

How to personalize a funeral

Posted on March 20, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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A “personalized” funeral is not just for the rich and famous. When someone we love dies, we want to remember that person. We want to celebrate the life that was lived. A life story does not have to have a dramatic plot twist or culminate in fame and riches to be worthy of remembrance. So, […]

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Why embalm?

Embalming … What Funeral Directors Do

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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What is embalming? Embalming is the art of slowing the decomposition of the human body. The embalming process is carried out in a clean environment, and proceeds in a fashion similar to medical procedures. First, the body is washed and sanitized, and the limbs are massaged to remove stiffness. The facial features are then set, […]

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When the soul leaves the body … reacting to a sudden unexpected death

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Dealing with Loss, Funeral Service

Sometimes, if you are open to it, you can receive amazing information in the most unlikely ways.  For example, there was a driver who was taking a woman to the airport when she received the news that a family member had died. The woman gasped and her driver, who was from another culture, asked if […]

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Make Family the Foundation for Funeral Planning

Posted on February 7, 2020 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
Posted under Advance funeral planning / preplanning, Funeral, Funeral Service

There are two ways to take care of funeral planning: 1) you can plan your own funeral in advance or 2) your survivors can plan your funeral for you after your death. Regardless of when or who plans the funeral, the planning needs to begin from the inside out. It needs to start with your […]

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