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Founded by Rev. A.R. Leak in 1933, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes was originally established with the intent to provide members of the black community with the means to commemorate their loved ones. During the civil rights movement, Rev. A.R. Leak became friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and played a pivotal role in the march to desegregate Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago.
The march began at the door of Leak & Sons Funeral Homes on S. State Street and ended at Oakwood Cemetery. Thanks to this effort, Oakwood Cemetery is now the final resting place of numerous African Americans. At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes we believe that every family seeking our services is a gift from God. For 80 years, we have ensured that every client is given a dignified funeral at a cost they can afford.
Today, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes has two Chicago locations and will soon be opening a third. We offer the highest quality of service for funerals, memorials, cremations, limousine transportation, and obituary support. If you’d like more information about our family business, visit our website or call us at (877) 265-0352.
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Funeral services are an opportunity for family and friends to commemorate the life of a lost loved one. A funeral is also a time for those experiencing grief to share love, support, and understanding. In recent years, funerals have undergone many changes as families pre-plan services and seek ways to personalize the experience to create a more meaningful and unique tribute for their loved one.
Pre-planning services offer the option to plan and pay for a funeral prior to death. Those who are aging or ill can relieve their families of the financial burden of funeral services by arranging payment in advance. Pre-planning also allows individuals to make their own decisions regarding the manner in which they wish to be commemorated. Taking the time to plan funeral services well in advance of a death also alleviates the emotional burden of making such decisions immediately after a loss.
Today, funerals are becoming more personalized than ever before. Families and friends often look for ways to plan a unique funeral that speaks to the nature of their lost loved one. Services often touch upon hobbies, interests, and other aspects of a loved one’s personality that made them special and unique. In response to this growing trend, funeral homes are offering more options to allow families to create a personalized memorial.
Modern funerals have begun to reflect the ubiquity of technology in today’s society by integrating it into memorial services. Families can create a video memorial of their loved one using photos and music. Funeral services may be broadcast online for those who cannot attend in person. Additionally, funeral homes’ growing online presence has helped families to make more informed decisions regarding their funeral options.
At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago, we are here to help you create a custom funeral service befitting your loved one. Our full service funeral home offers burial, cremation, obituary support, and more to help you commemorate a special life. Visit our website or call (877) 265-0352 for more information and support.
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It’s natural for friends and family feel grief after the death of a loved one. While everyone feels grief following a loss, there is no right or wrong way to mourn.
In this video, you will hear about grief from famous women such as Lisa Niemi, Maria Shriver, and Elizabeth Edwards. Each of these women has struggled with her own form of grief. Although grieving can be a hard and sometimes long process, reaching out for support and understanding can be an important part of healing after a loss.
If you have lost a loved one, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you through this difficult time by providing the help you need planning a special memorial or finding the grief support services that are right for you. If you’d like to learn more, please call us at (877) 265-0352 or visit us on the web.
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Losing a child always leaves parents facing profound grief. Often, the hardest part of losing a child comes after the memorial service, when friends and family begin to return to their own normal lives. The sense of loss can be overwhelming, but seeking support can help. Here are a few ways grieving parents can work through mourning and process their loss:
Talk About Your Needs
Grief is personal. Asking for support and help in the exact way you need it is OK. If you simply want someone to listen to you without offering any advice, say so. If you prefer not to discuss the subject of your loss unless you bring it up, let your friends and family know. You also shouldn’t shy away from asking for the practical support you need, like help making dinners, running errands, or cleaning up the house. Many people shut down while grieving because the support they are getting doesn’t meet their needs. Understand that your supporters want to help you in the best way possible, so speak up about what you need.
Rely On Each Other
The loss of a child can place a heavy toll on a relationship. Focus on coming together as a couple instead of isolating your grief. Allow each other to have different grieving styles, and avoid assigning blame. If you have other children, staying engaged as a couple and as parents is even more important and can be a significant facet of recovery for your entire family.
Counseling can be a very powerful tool in coping with the loss of a child. Consider attending a counseling session alone and as a family. A counselor can provide you with valuable tools you can use to work through the process of mourning.
Leak & Sons Funeral Homes in Chicago is here to help your family in your time of need. We can plan a fitting funeral or memorial service for your lost loved one, and our funeral home can help you find resources for grief counseling. Learn about all of our services, including funeral pre-planning, by calling (877) 265-0352.
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Grieving is a very personal process. Most people understand that everyone grieves a little differently. What may be more difficult to process, however, are people who do not seem to grieve at all after a loss, even at the funeral service. It’s natural to make assumptions about someone who shows a lack of grief. You may suspect he or she is holding it all inside or that he or she didn’t care about the deceased person as much as others. However, there may be a different answer that explains the behavior of someone who does not show grief after a loss. Here is a look at the different types of grief and why some people seem to be immune to the process of mourning.
Types of Grief
People experience grief in several different ways. For some people, the sense of loss is overpowering. For these people, grief may significantly interrupt their lives, and they may continue to experience feelings of grief and associated depression for several years after the loss. Other people experience a temporary kind of grief that involves sadness and distress right after the loss but also a return to a happier state of being within about a year. For other people, there is no disruption of normal functioning. These people don’t display symptoms of grief and don’t allow a loss to interfere with their lives.
Lack of Grief
People who don’t experience grief have in the past been considered cold, or their lack of grief was assumed to be a comment on their feelings for the person who passed. However, researchers have found evidence that people who don’t grieve are instead innately resilient. These people may actually enter the grieving process more equipped to cope in a healthy way.
There is no right way or wrong way to mourn a lost loved one. At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago, we can help you find grief support as you adjust to your loss. We also offer memorial service planning, funeral pre-planning, and much more. Call our funeral home today at (877) 265-0352.