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    Pre-Need Planning: How You and Your Family Benefits

    Last updated 5 months 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 (773) 846-6567. 

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

    Last updated 6 months 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 (773) 846-6567 to learn more about our funeral services

    What Services are Available to Help Cover Funeral Costs?

    Last updated 6 months 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 (773) 846-6567. 

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

    Last updated 6 months 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 (773) 846-6567. 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 6 months 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 (773) 846-6567 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. 

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