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How to Choose a Casket for a Loved One

A casket is the rectangular box in which a body is laid before it is buried. In some cases, open casket visitation allows family and friends to view the deceased prior to burial; the casket may also be present during the funeral services before it is transported to the final resting site. Today, there are a wide variety of casket styles available, allowing families to choose the casket that best suits their personal preferences and budget when planning a funeral service.

Consider Both Features and Price

A casket may be simple or ornate, depending on your preferences and the personality of your loved one. There are many types of caskets available at a range of price points, allowing families to choose a casket that is suitable both in style and cost. Asking your funeral home for a list of prices can help you get started, as well as discussing your preferences and any desires your loved one may have had. Your funeral director can help you find the right balance to ensure you are satisfied with the casket choice you make.

Keep Looking Until You Find the Right One

Your loved one’s casket should be a reflection of their lifestyle, their values, and their personality. Funeral homes often only store a limited number of sample caskets onsite, so don’t be afraid to ask to see a catalog for more styles or options if you don’t find one you like. If you do see a casket you like but want to consider alternate colors or further options, your funeral director can provide this information as well to ensure you find exactly the right match.

Choosing a casket for a loved one is the first step in planning a personalized funeral that memorializes their unique character. At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, we will work with you to find the casket and design the funeral services that best memorialize your loved one. You can learn more about our funeral home in Chicago, IL, and the funeral services we offer on the web or by calling (773) 846-6567.


Should You Include Music Selections in Your Funeral Pre-Plan?

There are a number of different decisions to make when pre-planning funeral arrangements, from choosing pallbearers to deciding if you want burial or cremation. When it comes to elements that make a funeral more personal, like music, should you leave instructions or allow your loved ones to make the decisions for you?

Generally, when you are pre-planing a funeral, your loved ones will appreciate you making as many of the decisions as you can, so they can feel comfortable knowing that they are honoring your wishes. By choosing your own music, not only do you take that stress off of their plates, but they will also enjoy hearing the songs that you selected and knowing that they meant something special to you.

Let the team at Leak & Sons Funeral Homes help guide you through the process of pre-planning funeral arrangements in Chicago, IL. Start the process today by calling us at (773) 846-6567.


Creating a Sympathy Floral Arrangement

Flowers can be a beautiful tribute to a lost loved one and a sign of your support to his or her close family and friends. Floral arrangements can be used at the funeral home to decorate the space during viewings and funeral services.

Watch this video to learn about building a floral arrangement using white flowers. White flowers, particularly lilies, are traditional for funerals and offer a memorable way to pay your respects.

When you need help with funeral arrangements, please call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Our funeral home in Chicago offers funeral planning support and help coping with loss and guilt after losing a loved one. Contact us today at (773) 846-6567.


Understanding the Benefits of a Pre-Funeral Public Viewing

It is traditional in the U.S. for most people to include a viewing in their funeral services. These viewings, or wakes, as they are sometimes called, are usually held at the funeral for one or more days before the actual funeral services are held. Although viewings are not required, most families find them to be beneficial for a number of different reasons, including these listed here.

Paying Last Respects

For many people, a viewing is an opportunity to pay last respects to the deceased. This may be an opportunity for family members and friends who didn’t get a chance to say goodbye after the deceased suffered a long illness, or if the death was sudden, everyone may be looking for closure. During the viewing, loved ones get an opportunity to see the person who has passed one last time and say the things that they want to say before the funeral service.

Connecting with Family and Friends

Viewings give family and friends an opportunity to come together before the funeral service to offer support to each other. For people who are coming to the funeral from out of town, the viewing is usually the first place they get to see their family and friends and connect with each other. Because there are few opportunities to talk during funeral services, friends and family often take advantage of the viewing to catch up with each other and reminisce about their loved one.

Coping with the Loss

The viewing is where many people begin to cope with loss after losing a loved one. Not only do they get the chance to say goodbye, but they are also surrounded by their circle of friends and family who are also affected by the loss. Many people find an important network of support at the viewing.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you make the right decisions about viewings and other ways to personalize a funeral service for your loved one. We also offer pre-planning for funeral services in Chicago, IL. For help with pre-planning or making funeral arrangement for a loved one, call (773) 846-6567.


Etiquette Tips for Attending the Funeral of a Colleague

When it comes to the funeral of someone you have only a professional connection to, it’s natural to wonder what the proper etiquette is. Many people struggle to decide how to acknowledge the passing of a co-worker or acquaintance when they weren’t especially close to the person. If you are facing the funeral service of a colleague, keep these etiquette tips in mind.

Go to the Service

Unless the family has expressly requested that only people they invite attend the funeral, you should feel welcome to attend the service. Your presence at the funeral service, even if the family doesn’t know you, gives them comfort, as they see how many people want to honor their lost loved one. After losing a loved one, seeing as many supportive faces as possible helps to ease the suffering of the family of the deceased, so do attend the service if you can.

Check with the Funeral Home

The funeral home can usually provide you with answers to any questions you may have about the service. For instance, if the family has requested a specific dress code or if they prefer donations rather than flowers, the funeral home can advise you. They can also give you information about the funeral schedule and other details you need but don’t wish to ask the family directly.

Offer Condolences

During a funeral, the seating in the front is usually reserved for family and close friends, so take a seat in the back to allow them ample room. You should also let family and friends exit first and help themselves to food and drinks first at any post-funeral reception. However, don’t be afraid to step forward to introduce yourself and offer condolences. The family will appreciate knowing about the connection you had with their loved one.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is here to answer any questions you have about attending a service at our funeral home in Chicago, IL. We can also provide help with pre-planning funeral arrangements and other services in your time of need. To learn more, please call (773) 848-6567.


How to Request Donations in Lieu of Flowers

Both individuals and groups often wish to send a token of their support and sympathy for family members coping with grief. While this token is traditionally flowers, many families today wish to make a donation to a charitable cause in their loved one’s name instead to create a lasting tribute to the deceased. If you would like to request donations in lieu of flowers, talk to your funeral home about this request, which can be put into your loved one’s obituary. Your request may include one or more charities that you wish to support or that your loved one may have supported during his lifetime. While mourners will often send donations directly to the charities you’ve requested, you may also receive checks in sympathy cards, which you can then donate to a charity of your choosing in your loved one’s name.

At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, our goal is to help your family navigate the decisions and options associated with funeral services and funeral arrangements in Chicago, IL. Whether you need help arranging funeral services after losing a loved one or would like to discuss pre-planning funeral arrangements, please visit us online or call (773) 846-6567.


Addressing a Sympathy Card Envelope

Cards are a respectful and supportive way to express sympathy for those who are coping with loss after a death. When composing a sympathy card, address it to those you wish to support; this may include the entire family or a single individual, such as a surviving spouse or child. In your card, express your feelings of sympathy and let those coping with loss know that you are available to provide support, even if this just means talking over the phone. You can get more helpful tips for addressing a sympathy card in this short video.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is dedicated to helping families carry out customized funeral arrangements in Chicago, IL. We invite you to visit our website for a list of grief support services or to learn more about creating a personalized funeral; you can reach our funeral home by phone at (773) 846-6567 for further assistance.


Starting a Family Conversation About Funeral Pre-Planning

Discussing the funeral services you or your loved ones may want is an important task, but it may not always be the easiest conversation to start. Funeral pre-planning with a funeral home allows an individual to make arrangements and pay for their desired funeral services ahead of time, alleviating confusion and stress for family members coping will loss after a death. Whether you have considered the benefits of pre-planning funeral arrangements for yourself, or you wish to know the type of funeral that your parents or other family members might prefer, there are several ways to start a family conversation about funeral pre-planning.

Schedule a Time

The best time to discuss funeral arrangements is well before they are needed, while you and your family can make clear decisions. Start by scheduling a time for an informal family meeting in a comfortable location to ensure that everyone is present and available for this important discussion.

Discuss Family Traditions

Funeral arrangements often encompass personalized family traditions. If you aren’t sure how to break the ice regarding funeral pre-planning, start by discussing cherished family activities, symbols, or traditions that you or your loved ones want to maintain. This type of discussion can make it easier to make a smooth transition into memorial and commemorative services.

Keep the Conversation Ongoing

Once you have begun to discuss the topic of funeral pre-planning, remember that not every decision must be made right away. One of the major benefits of pre-planning funeral arrangements is the opportunity to explore different funeral services and options, especially if your family has questions. In many cases, letting this discussion evolve over time by coming back to it in the future can help families ultimately choose a more personalized and meaningful funeral service.

At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, our funeral home in Chicago, IL, can help your family create a personalized funeral through funeral pre-planning services. If you have questions about pre-planning funeral arrangements or are ready to get started with the pre-planning process, you can reach us by phone at (773) 846-6567 or find more information on our website.


Answering Questions About Cemeteries

Many traditional funeral services end with the burial of the casket and body in a cemetery; however, cremated remains may also be buried as well, according to the wishes of the deceased. Cemeteries themselves are meant not only as a final resting place for those who have passed away, but also as a place for families, friends, and other mourners to find support and peace of mind, even many years after a loved one has passed away.

What Is Required for Burial?

The requirements for burial often vary by cemetery; while there may be no laws requiring the purchase of a burial vault, the cemetery you choose may require a burial vault or grave liner to stabilize the casket. Caskets are typically required to bury a body, but cremated remains may be buried in an urn or other cemetery-approved container. Furthermore, embalming is not required for burial—this option is a personal choice that your family may make, depending on the funeral services you want or the time between death and burial.

What Are Mausoleums?

Mausoleums are above-ground buildings that house caskets or cremation urns. Unlike traditional graves, mausoleums are kept clean and dry, and are an option for those who do not wish to be buried underground in a cemetery.

What Is Perpetual Care?

Perpetual Care, also called Permanent Care or Endowment Care, refers to the ongoing maintenance of the cemetery and the personalized interment space or grave. This fee is calculated by the cemetery and is part of the cost of purchasing a gravesite, ensuring it will be cared for in the future.

If you have questions about burial or funeral services in Chicago, IL, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you find the answers you need, whether you are making funeral arrangements for a recently-lost loved one or pre-planning funeral arrangements for yourself. Please visit our website for more information about our funeral home, funeral services, and the support we offer for those coping with loss and grief, or call us today at (773) 846-6567 to speak with a staff member.


Catholic Beliefs About Cremation

Coping with loss begins with making funeral arrangements that are sensitive to the decedent’s religious beliefs and preferences. If your loved one did not pre-plan his or her own funeral, then you will need to make a choice about whether to choose traditional burial or cremation. When a Catholic passes away, it’s often thought that burial is the only correct solution. But in fact, this is not necessarily the case. You can hear why when you watch this video.

This video features a Catholic priest and scholar. He explains that cremation is indeed an option for Catholics. However, it’s important that the cremation not take place until after the funeral services.

For personalized, compassionate funeral services in Chicago, IL, you can trust Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Call (773) 846-6567 to discuss how our funeral arrangements may be modified to meet your family’s spiritual beliefs and preferences.


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