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    What Services are Available to Help Cover Funeral Costs?

    Last updated 2 days 14 hours ago

    A funeral or memorial is a customary way to recognize death and its finality and to cherish and honor the life of a loved one. While funeral and cremation services can be as complex as you wish, some people cannot afford even basic funeral services. In addition to family support, there are organizations that provide benefits to help pay for funerals. Social Security is one option, as is some form of public aid allowance from the state, county, or city.

    For help making financial arrangements to cover funeral costs for a loved one, contact Leak and Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago. Our funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them to help you afford a fitting farewell for a close friend or relative. To speak with one of our funeral planning experts, call us at (877) 265-0352. 

    What to Expect When You're Asked to Be a Pallbearer

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Being asked to be a pallbearer is a significant honor, and indicates that you are an important person to the family and the deceased. Watch this video to learn what you can expect when you’re asked to be a pallbearer.

    The basic job of a pallbearer is to transport the casket from the funeral service site to a hearse, or from the hearse to the gravesite itself. As a pallbearer, you may need to arrive as much as an hour before the funeral service begins to find out where you need to be. You may be asked to sit in a specific row during the service, and the family may provide you with a boutonniere that designates you as a pallbearer. 

    For answers to all of your funeral-related questions, contact Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago at (877) 265-0352. We are proud to be family-owned and operated, and offer compassionate funeral services from our family to yours.  

    Ideas for Honoring a Lost Loved One at Your Wedding

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you should plan out in detail how you want it to go. When you are planning your wedding, you may want to consider how to include your loved ones who have passed on in your ceremony. Even if the funeral service has already happened, honoring your lost loved ones during your wedding can be an additional tribute to provide happy memories and closure. Keep reading for ideas on how to honor a lost loved one at your wedding.

    Wear a Memento

    Whether you are honoring a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, or other family member or friend at your wedding ceremony, one subtle way to pay tribute to your lost loved one is to wear something he or she gave to you. This could be a pair of earrings, a necklace, or cufflinks. It doesn’t matter if the object is an heirloom passed down through generations or simply something that was given to you as a gift—the sentiment is the same. You can choose to acknowledge the memento, or you can remain silent knowing that a piece of your loved one is with you on your special day.

    Include a Tribute

    Another way to honor the deceased at your wedding is to include a small tribute in the wedding program. It doesn’t have to be elaborate—something as simple as including the person’s name and relationship to you can suffice. That way, your guests will all recognize that you are paying your respects at the same time that you’re celebrating.

    Set Up a Photo Table

    A photo table is a lovely way for you and your guests to remember the happy times that have come before, and can include friends and family members who are gone as well as those who are still alive. Your guests can peruse the table at their leisure, and everyone will be able to honor loved ones at their own pace.

    At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago, we recognize that losing a loved one is one of the hardest parts of life. Call us at (877) 265-0352 to learn about the funeral services we provide, including custom services and cremation. We will help you remember your loved one in a tasteful and dignified manner. 

    How Can Children Be Involved in a Funeral Service?

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter how old you are. The grieving process may be especially confusing and scary for children who have never encountered death before. Though some people believe that children should not be included in a funeral service, there are ways to involve children to help them understand loss and provide them with closure. Keep reading to learn how children can be involved in a funeral service for a loved one.

    Sharing Memories

    Whether a child has lost a parent, grandparent, or close cousin, you can ask him if he would like to be involved in the ceremony. This is an age-dependent question, of course, as very young children may not understand what that even means. Some children may want to speak during the funeral service. If this is the case, an adult should join the child at the microphone and be there for him if he needs comfort. You can ask your child questions about what he misses of the deceased, or just ask him to relate one of his favorite memories.

    Planning the Funeral

    Children like to feel involved, and may want to be part of the funeral planning process. If your child expresses interest in helping plan the funeral, consider what is appropriate for him to do. While he probably shouldn’t be involved in details such as choosing a casket or urn, you can give him a few pieces of music to choose from, or ask him to be involved during the service. A child can pass out programs or memorial cards at the funeral home, and it may even give your guests hope for the future to see a child. Remember that your child may change his mind about being involved, so you may want to provide a place where he can go if he needs a break during the funeral.

    Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is a full-service funeral business providing quality end-of-life services to families across the Chicago area. Give us a call at (877) 265-0352 to experience the compassionate service we have been providing since our beginnings in 1933.

    What Are the Benefits of Our Repast Rooms

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Funerals can be emotional, overwhelming events. There are many details to be taken care of, and there may be many visitors that must be greeted and made to feel welcome. You have enough to think about when you’re involved in the funeral planning process, which is why Leak & Sons Funeral Homes offers repast rooms for you and your family. Our repast rooms have full kitchens, and are ideal places for you to greet and mingle with your guests before or after the funeral service. Many of our clients appreciate the use of our repast rooms so that they do not have to open their homes to their guests for a reception following the funeral service.

    Take advantage of repast rooms and many other amenities and services when you choose Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. We are proud to provide Chicago families with dignified end-of-life services. Contact us at (877) 265-0352 to learn more about how we are different from other funeral homes. 

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