Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

"As Funeral Directors, it is our calling to help comfort and console every family we serve.  Grief and the associated crisis is a lifelong event that needs to be tended to.  We do provide that long term support to families that ask for help.  All of this does not mean funerals must be sad, somber and dark events.  A funeral is to help family and friends say goodbye to someone they loved in a meaningful way.  This can be through traditional or nontraditional means.  The funeral serves a purpose.  It helps those same family and friends take the first steps to realize that someone they love and who made a mark on their lives is gone.  As a society we are continually working to avoid the hard things in life.  Sometimes working through the difficult things makes us stronger and more well rounded people."  [Jay Sperling in "The Independent" magazine.]    

You Can't Take it With You

Are the deaths of popular icons causing an awareness of mortality among people and as a result they begin planning for their own deaths? That is a question that I had never really thought of in the wake of the already horrific world that we find ourselves living in from day to day. Honestly, if terrorist attacks and drive-by shootings can’t raise awareness of the mortality and unpredictability of human life, then what can. However, a recent write up from the Mirror website in the United Kingdom ( indicates that the recent deaths of Prince and David Bowie have spurred the 22-year-old Justin Bieber to begin the planning process for his elaborate funeral and the distribution of his estate. Bieber is supposedly planning for a “solar-powered headstone that plays video.”

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Caldwell & Cowan has received the Pursuit of Excellence Award from the National Funeral Directors Association for the TENTH YEAR in a row. Congratulations to Our Staff for all their hard work over the past twelve months.  Without their efforts, this Award would not be possible.