Resources

PRE-ARRANGEMENT

There Are Several Advantages To Pre-Arranging A Funeral–A Practice That’s Becoming More Familiar. Pre-Arranging Offers The Advantage Of Making Challenging Decisions In An Atmosphere Without Grief And Trauma. It Ensures That The Funeral Will Be Exactly As Planned And Removes Some Of The Emotional Burden.

Prefunding a funeral offers you the advantage of paying for a funeral when you can afford it, and relieving your family of any possible financial responsibility. It also offers protection against inflation.

Gerst Funeral Homes offer two ways to prefund a funeral. You can enter into a trust-fund agreement, meaning you can deposit a specified amount of money in either one lump sum or installments. This fund, which is managed by a trustee, is generally used to pay for the funeral services and merchandise. Or you can purchase a specially designed insurance policy that provides benefits for funeral expenses.

At Gerst Funeral Homes it is our commitment to offer you the comfort that you deserve. Please contact us for more information.

Welcome to the Griefwords Online Library

Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition – Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director

Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:

Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died.  It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Planning a Funeral

Why it’s important to have a funeral.

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Listen to Dr. Alan Wolfelt describe why it’s important to have a funeral.

Most of us are not prepared to plan and carry out a funeral ceremony for someone we love. And so much of the information available on this critically important subject fails to focus on what is most important: having a personalized, meaningful funeral that helps families and friends begin the healing process of mourning after the death of someone we love.

This section includes information that will help provide insights necessary to help you and your family create a meaningful funeral experience that both honors the life of your loved one and starts you on the path to healing from your loss. Some of the content on these pages is adapted from a website called www.MeaningfulFunerals.com and the teachings of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, a noted grief expert.

Our funeral home’s dedicated staff wants to help you and can play a critical role in planning and carrying out a meaningful funeral or memorial service. Our licensed funeral directors are intimately familiar with the funeral planning process, key decisions a grieving family must make, and necessary legal documentation that is required during this difficult time. Our funeral professionals can handle all of the details and help you create a unique service that fits your needs and values.

Florists

Kennedy Floral
Kennedy Floral
Kennedy Floral
616-956-6747 or 800-258-1340
Crescent Street Floral
Crescent Street Floral
Crescent Street Floral
(616)458-7890
Eastern Floral
Eastern Floral
Eastern Floral
800-494-2202
Day Lily Floral
Day Lily Floral
Day Lily Floral
616-949-4714
Lowell Floral
Lowell Floral
Lowell Floral
616-897-1300

We are here to help 24/7. Give us a call at (616) 949-7350 or contact us.

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