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    Coping With Feelings of Guilt After the Loss of a Loved One

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Following the loss of a loved one and experiencing their funeral service, it’s common to feel one journey has come to an end and a new one has begun. People often ask themselves lots of what if questions, pondering the possibility that if they had done something differently or better, they would not have lost their loved one. Coping with these feelings of guilt are not easy, but the following tips should help you during your healing process.

    Take Time For Yourself

    The feelings of guilt can be profound after losing a loved one. With 20/20 hindsight, you may realize that you could have been a better person to the deceased. Simmering in feelings of guilt can be very draining, which is why it helps to take time away to decompress and recharge after the loss of a loved one. Consider leaving town for a vacation with your family or friends, whether it’s a week off or just a weekend.

    Allow Yourself to Grieve

    Like physical wounds, emotional wounds take time to heal. It’s a given that some days will be good, while others will be bad. Allow yourself to cry if you feel like it. If you don’t feel like talking, don’t answer your phone. During this time you may want to refrain from making serious or drastic decisions. This is a transition process that may take periods of alone time and time with loved ones. If the transition is unbearable for you, find a support group or therapist that can help.

    Be a Caregiver to Yourself

    Self-care is easy to neglect when you’re feeling blameworthy. But this is the most important time to be kind to yourself. Do not repeatedly ask yourself what could have or should have happened, because this will only increase your guilt.

    At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, we offer a wide variety of funeral memorial services in Chicago that can help you say goodbye to your loved one. To learn more about our custom funeral services and cremation services, call us at (877) 265-0352 or visit our website.

    How Men Should Dress for a Funeral

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Attending a funeral is an emotional experience. As you mentally and emotionally prepare for the funeral, don’t forget about how you look. While there are no strict dress codes for funerals, it is best to dress conservatively and look your best. The black suit/white shirt combo is classic, but a button-down shirt and clean dress pants and shoes is also appropriate. For more tips on how to dress for a funeral, watch this short video clip. 

    If you are looking for a funeral home in Chicago, contact Leak and Sons Funeral Homes. We are a full-service funeral home, and we provide traditional funeral and cremation services in addition to custom services. To learn how we can help you plan a fitting farewell to your loved one, call us at (877) 265-0352. We also offer pre-planning funeral services to help ease the emotional and financial stress on your family when you die. 

    What Services are Available to Help Cover Funeral Costs?

    Last updated 12 days 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.

    Pre-Need Planning: How You and Your Family Benefits

    Last updated 27 days ago

    It may seem morbid to plan your own funeral while you are alive, but there are tremendous benefits to pre-planning your end-of-life arrangements. For one, planning now can ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. Pre-need planning also makes it easier on your family, both emotionally and financially. Here is a closer look at some of the ways funeral pre-planning will benefit you and your family.

    Make Your Wishes Clear

    Sadly, a large percentage of Americans die each year without making prior funeral and memorial arrangements. This can lead to fighting within the family, and may even result with a funeral or memorial service that goes against your personal beliefs of preferences. If you have special requests for your funeral, make them clear by pre-planning with a funeral home.  

    Save Your Family Money

    By pre-planning your funeral, you can see how much the funeral and memorial service will cost. You can then either pre-fund your funeral or start putting money away to cover your funeral and memorial costs after you are gone. Either way, it is more responsible to plan a funeral knowing how much it will cost then to make demands in your will without having the faintest clue as to how much all of it will cost your family.

    Help Ease Your Family’s Pain

    Death is hard to deal with, especially when a close relative passes away. While your family is grieving your loss, the last thing they should have to deal with is making arrangements for your funeral and memorial service. Pre-need planning can help ease your family’s pain and suffering by helping them focus on grieving and healing together.

    If you would like help pre-planning your funeral and memorial service, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help. We are one of Chicago’s most trusted full-service funeral homes, and we can help you plan a touching and affordable funeral. To learn more about our funeral and memorial planning services, please call us at (877) 265-0352. 

    How to Prepare Your Children for the Loss of a Loved One

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Chances are that someone important to your child will die before your son or daughter reaches adulthood. Death is an inescapable fact of life, and teaching your child how to cope with the loss of a close friend or loved one will prepare your child for one of the most emotionally trying times of his or her life. Here are some ways to talk to your children about death and prepare them for the loss of a loved one. These tips are especially important if your family is preparing to attend a burial or cremation service.

    Discuss Death in a Way Your Children Can Understand

    If your children are under five years old, make sure you talk about death in a way your children can understand. Young children do not understand that dead people are gone forever. Start with children’s books, movies, or TV shows that talk about the death of a pet or family member. And be sure to reassure your children that someone will always be there to take care of them.

    Allow Your Children to Ask Questions

    Young children have a hard time grasping death, and they may have lots of questions about what happened to their loved one. Be patient with your children and answer as many questions as they have about death. If your children don’t already ask, make sure to explain what comes next, as in when and where the burial or cremation service will take place.

    If you need help coping with the loss of a loved one, Leak and Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago can help. We can provide you with grief and counseling resources to help you manage the stress of losing a close friend or relative. We can also help you plan a fitting funeral or cremation service for your loved one. Call us at (877) 265-0352 to learn more about our funeral services

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