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(309)523-3151

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Pre-Planning

Life Choices

Most of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.

Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.

Please call us at (309) 523-3151 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.

Why Pre-Plan?

Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.

Personal Choice
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.

Lower Costs
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.

Immediate Arrangements

In Time of Need

We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.

Please call us at (309) 523-3151 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.

Grief Support

Welcome to the Griefwords Online Library

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

Grief: General

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

The Journey Through Grief

The Mourner's Bill of Rights

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 a Friend in Grief

Helping a Man Who is Grieving

Helping a Friend Who is Dying

Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill

Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal

Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal

Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving

Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace

Helping AIDS Survivors Heal

Helping SIDS Survivors Heal

Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying

Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill

Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies

Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You

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.

Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth

Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies

Mustering the Courage to Mourn

Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts

Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies

Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season

Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief

Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill

Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying

Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief

Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1

Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2

Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners

The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4

Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning

Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?

Will I Grieve Or Will I Mourn?

The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn

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.

Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death

How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief

Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief

Helping Children with Funerals

Helping Children Understand Cremation

Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill

Helping a Child Who is Dying

Helping Grieving Children at School

Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal

Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.

Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral

Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy

Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral

Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?

For Hospices and Other Caregivers

Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction

Tenet 1: Companioning Principle

Tenet 2: Companioning Principle

The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story"

Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable

Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving

Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups

Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting

The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines

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