Funeral and Memorial Services
All too often, families discount the value of ceremony after the death of a loved one, and we certainly don’t want you to make that mistake. Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process.
The families we serve are always our top priority. We want our community to know that during this pandemic emergency of COVID – 19, our business will never close. We are here to care for families as they grieve and celebrate life, regardless of conditions. Please call before stopping in as staff may be limited.
In this uncertain time, we are working nonstop to prepare for whatever happens next, and pledge to care for those in our community with compassion and respect. We have enacted extra cleaning and disinfecting of our chapel twice daily and after each service.
Our government officials, both national and local, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.
We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure their safety, the safety of the community, and of our staff, while honoring their loved one.
For the interim, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:
- All public visitations have been cancelled and will not be offered.
- Services in any of our chapels will be limited to ten persons and/or immediate family only.
- Graveside services at Black Hills National Cemetery are limited to ten persons.
- A memorial service may be held at our chapel at a later date.
- Livestreaming & video recording for all services available at no extra charge.
Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
Create Healing Experiences
In the depth of early grief, you might think that it would be ‘easier’ to just take care of things as simply – and as quickly –as possible. But easier – especially in this circumstance – simply isn’t better. You must set the stage for the future by giving your family and friends the opportunity to start the healing process.
Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. Whether you choose burial or cremation; whether you select a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present. We can help you create a unique meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.
We offer families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one. But, you may certainly choose to celebrate their life in a more unique setting. No matter where you decide to gather together, such a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.
If burial has been selected, usually any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home.
Let’s just say this: there is no ‘hard and fast’ formula for honoring your loved one when burial has been selected. We’re here to listen to your concerns, share our experience, and help you to arrive at the perfect way to gather together before your loved one's interment in the cemetery of your choice.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.
You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.
Contact us today to speak with one of our directors.