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.]    

Facing the Challenges of Who Will Care for Mom or Dad

Last week, I asked you to consider the scenario that mom and dad were now both dead and the “glue” that holds the family together has obviously gone with them. But this week, I wanted to back up to that period between their deaths. That period when one parent is grieving the death of their long time companion and facing major changes and alterations to their life that they had possibly never imagined. That period when you find that the role of parenting has suddenly shifted to you, the children, and then the wonder begins concerning who is going to be the one to step up and be the caretaker in these final days, months, or even years before this surviving parent joins their mate in Heaven. This is a challenging and stressful time for everyone involved.

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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.