Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One

Introduction: A Funeral is a Celebration of Love, Grief & Life

The Garland Van Arkel Funeral Home was established in 1881 by Samuel Van Arkel. Read more about the history of this Oskaloosa Iowa funeral home in our blog post “History of The Garland Van Arkel Funeral Home”. The funeral home is located on North 4th Street in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The first structure was a double wooden building with a dirt floor. The second structure was an adobe building, which served as the funeral home until 1908. In 1908, the present brick structure was built on top of the original foundations and it has served as the funeral home since.
The Funeral Director at the Garland Van Arkel Funeral Home is Barry Edwards. The funeral home serves all faiths. The staff of the funeral home consists of licensed and experienced funeral directors, a trained professional staff and caring support personnel who are dedicated to serving families during their time of need.
In 2002, the Garland Van Arkel Funeral Home acquired the Spence & Hoch Funeral Homes in Oskaloosa, which has since been closed.
The Garland Van Arkel Funeral Home is located at 40 E. Main Street in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
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What Does A Funeral Mean to Different People?

The way a person is treated at the funeral home, depends on the relationship between that person and the funeral home and its staff, It can happen that a person will feel their time with us was not just about their life. They may feel it was about their death. And for those that do, our job is not just about taking care of their body…but also to help them during this difficult time in their lives. Sometimes they need emotional support. Sometimes they need a listening ear. Sometimes they find comfort in having their voice heard and knowing that someone is listening to them. Sometimes a funeral can be a time of shared memories and happy thoughts…and sometimes it’s a time of shared tears and sad feelings. Whatever the situation …our staff need to be ready to listen, support and comfort.
…We understand that the loss of a loved one can be very emotional and we will take care to make sure you know you are not alone in your grief…
…It’s also important that our staff remember that we are not only here for the funeral but for your family as a whole after the funeral. Our goal is to help you and your family through this difficult time with compassion, sensitivity, and respect.
After all… the funeral is the end of one life… but the beginning of another. What that new life should be like depends on how well you and your loved ones handle it.

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5 Things you Should Do Prior to Your Own Funeral

Make funeral arrangements in advance, so that the people you are leaving behind have time to grieve. Make sure you leave your loved ones a note with your wishes or “things to do”. Make sure you write down the name of the person that should read the eulogy. Write down instructions for all items that need attention after your death. Make sure you provide instructions for the funeral service and who should deliver a eulogy, or how to proceed if one isn’t given.
Here are some tips for making arrangements for your funeral:
1. Choose a Funeral Home
2. Make arrangements with the Funeral Home in Advance
3. Make a Final Check List of what you want to take with you or leave behind
4. Decide on funeral colors and music for the service, and invite people to attend it
5. Let people know where to gather after the funeral service
6. Write a Place Card with instructions for your Funeral Service
7. Make sure you tell people how to find the location of your Funeral Service and where people should go after the service
8. Make funeral arrangements
9. Make arrangements during your lifetime
10. Make arrangements in advance so people know what they should do and when they should do it
11. Write a letter to be placed at the grave site of your loved ones so that everyone knows what you have asked for in the funeral service and what you have left behind

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5 Ways to Honor the Memory of an Loved One in your Life

Pay a visit to the grave site. Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with others as they reflect on the life of your loved one. Attend a memorial service or funeral if one is held in hisher honor. Read some books written about honoring loved ones that have died. Also read books that can help you cope with the loss. Write an article about your loved one, tell your story and share it with others. Remember, it’s ok to let go and replace someone in your heart with their memory.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QZU6TyPiUo&feature=youtu.be
Title:Stories of Grace: Program Concludes with Moving Scenes
Date:December 20, 2013
Source:Diocese of Oskaloosa News Release [P]
The fourth year of the Stories of Grace video contest saw a dramatic increase in entries. One hundred and eighty-six videos were submitted, 60 percent more than last year. There were also a record number of entries screened: 40. This year’s winner is Cami Hagle, a nurse at the VA Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. She will receive $1,000. Her video was selected by a panel of judges in October.

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5 Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One’s Pet

Write a short story about your person and their pet. Tell how they were like one of the family. Remember how they were with their pet and how the pet changed their lives. Write a poem or create a song. Share these memories with friends and family in social media. Make an app for your loved one’s pet. Record a video and send it to your loved one or their family.
The idea of sharing the memory of a loved one’s pet brings many emotions to a person’s mind. This can be hard to do without sounding corny or being sentimental, but it is difficult to let go. Pets have been with their owners for years and have given them many important memories that their family would have missed if they had died. When a beloved pet dies, it is important that the owner has something that reminds them of their lost loved one.
The memories of a pet will never be forgotten. Pets are often referred to as “the little people” in the hearts of their owners. They always have a place in the hearts of children and adults alike. Pets are important to their owners’ happiness, love, and well-being. When an owner faces the loss of his or her beloved pet, it is important that he or she shares the memories and experiences with him or her family. Pets are often an important part of a family and can bring many laughs and smiles. The joy that pets bring is one that they would not trade for anything.

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