Celebration of Life
We believe in taking your memories of a person you love, and from that, guiding you in selecting a tribute to them that celebrates their unique qualities and is meaningful to your family.
- Getting creative with flowers, displays, or music.
- Finding a site for a service that just seems right, like bringing a lifelong farmer home to his backyard for a service.
- Spending time with the children in the family to help them understand what they’re seeing.
- Listening to what families say, and giving them choices beyond the “usual” or expected.
If you wish to order flowers for a loved one, we recommend:
A Touch of Class Floral & Gifts, 381 Hwy 34 West, 641-932-2705, www.tocfloral.com
Accent Floral & Gifts, 20 Washington Ave. East, 641-932-5777, accentsfloralalbia.com
Mike’s Blooms & Things, 8 Main St. S, 641-932-7008, mikesblooms.com
- Funeral Services
Celebration of Life Events
Celebrations of Life with Burial, Entombment or Cremation
Helping families Celebrate a Life Lived is the most important service we provide to your family, relatives and supporting friends. There are many ways to personalize the Celebration to reflect the uniqueness of our loved ones. Choices vary from the Rite of the Christian Burial to One Last Party™. Whether we host the Celebration within our facilities, at a church, park or any other suitable venue of your choosing – we can help you plan a meaningful event that reflects both your wishes and the lifestyle of your loved one.
- Burial Services
Celebration of Life Followed by Burial
Many families we serve choose earth burial as their final disposition and resting place. One of the benefits of an earth burial in a cemetery is that it provides family and friends with a memorial focal point to visit for years and generations to come. Graveside committal rites can occur after a Celebration of Life at our funeral home, church or other venue. Some families choose to perform a Graveside Celebration, in lieu of other celebration events – in those cases a visitation, gathering or reception can occur before or after the committal.
- Cremation Services
Celebration of Life with Cremation
Cremation, like burial or entombment, is a form of final disposition. The cremation process reduces the body to its basic elements – which are referred to as Cremains. Most families choose to have a Celebration of Life with a visitation, gathering or memorial reception followed by the actual cremation. An alternative is to have the body cremated prior to the Celebration of Life. Families then have several choices for the next step in the cremation disposition process that range from keeping the Urn that the cremains are placed in at the family’s home – to scattering at a place of endearment to the deceased – to burying the Urn in a family plot within a cemetery – to placing the Urn within a columbarium at a cemetery, church or other place of memorialization. Our associates can help you decide which method best suits your needs and wishes.
- Personalized Choices
Customized to fit your family's wishes
With any Celebration of Life and final disposition you choose – our associates can help you customize and personalize the event with a variety of memorialization options that reflect the uniqueness of the life you are celebrating. We will be happy to share examples of the personalization variations available to your family through our funeral home.