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We provide traditional funeral services, custom funeral services, and cremation services.

Use These Resources To Give Your Loved One The Funeral He/She Deserves

If you are looking to learn more about burial vaults or planning a memorial service, then the following resources should be of assistance to you. For more information, or to work with a compassionate and experienced funeral director to plan a loved one’s memorial service or pre-arrange your own funeral, call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567.

  • Although memorial services do not put an end to the grieving process for those who have recently lost a loved one, they can provide family and friends of the deceased with meaning and a certain element of closure. Find out more at FuneralWise.com.
  • This LoveToKnow.com article can provide you with some helpful advice on designing a program for your loved one’s funeral or memorial service.
  • Visit Giftypedia.com to learn more about condolence gifts.
  • Read about the purpose of a burial vault at FuneralResources.com.
  • Transportation of the body is not a logistical point that comes to mind when many people are in the process of planning a loved one’s funeral. Fortunately, funeral directors are aware of this and can make transportation arrangements for you. If you would like to learn more about how hearses are built, how they work, or how they came to be the preferred type of funeral coach, check out this HowStuffWorks.com article.

Choosing a Vault For a Burial


 Choosing between burial and cremation is the most liekly the first decision one has to make when deciding what to do with the body of a loved one after he or she has passed away. Once you have made that decision, the funeral director you are working with will present you with another decision to make: would you rather protect the casket or urn with a grave liner or a burial vault? A vault is almost always a better option.

Protect Entire Coffin

A burial liner provides a coffin with considerable protection, but it only covers the tops and sides of the coffin. This means that the bottom of the coffin is in direct contact with the ground, and therefore not entirely protected from the elements. In order to provide your loved one’s coffin with total protection, have it encased in a vault.

Prevent Coffin Collapse

Many old cemeteries are dotted with large areas where the ground has sunk in. This is because, either during the initial burial or at some point afterward, the casket was crushed under the weight of the dirt. Burial vaults, made from concrete and metal, are designed to withstand even the pressure applied on dirt by heavy machinery used in modern cemeteries. Investing in a burial vault can give you the peace of mind that your loved one’s casket will not be crushed underground.

Keep Moisture at Bay

Moisture that seeps into the ground can cause your loved one’s casket to deteriorate over time. Carefully manufactured burial vaults are designed to provide caskets with 100% moisture protection. Speak with your funeral director to find out more about your options.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes has a collection of high-quality and cost-effective options for you to choose from. Call (773) 846-6567 to speak with a caring and experienced member of our staff today.

Proper Funeral Etiquette

Aware of how difficult it is to endure the loss of a loved one and often grief-stricken themselves, funeral guests are sometimes unsure how to act and what to say at funerals. If you are preparing to attend a funeral and wish to express proper condolences to the family of the deceased, watch this brief video clip for some helpful advice.

The advice offered in this video covers funeral etiquette comprehensively, from proper funeral attire to acceptable gifts and words of condolence. If you follow the tips provided in this video and make sure that all of your gestures are genuine, the family of the deceased will appreciate your support during such a difficult time.

When the time comes for you to plan a funeral for a loved one, your foremost concern will be planning a funeral that honors your loved one the way he or she would have wanted. Call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567 for helpful and appropriate funeral planning services.


Don't Overlook These Memorial Service Details

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Planning a funeral is a stressful experience, and in the midst of coping with a loved one’s loss it can be easy to overlook certain details. If you are in the process of planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, read this article to ensure that you take care of these important but often overlooked details:


Decorative and symbolic, flowers are an essential part of any memorial service. Since a memorial service is intended to honor the memory of a loved one, that individual’s favorite type of flower should always be considered when making floral arrangements. In the event that your loved one did not have a favorite flower, you may want to order chrysanthemums, lilies, or roses.

Memorial Donations

Most guests to your loved one’s funeral will arrive with or send flowers, unless they are asked to do otherwise. If you think that the flowers you have arranged to have at the memorial service will suffice, you can request instead that your guests offer a donation to help defray funeral and burial costs or to a charitable cause close to your loved one’s heart.

Funeral Program

A funeral or memorial program gives those in attendance a keepsake by which to remember the deceased. Many funeral homes have templates that you can choose from, but you can choose to make the program as elaborate and as personalized as you would like. Consider incorporating religious scripture, a poem, song lyrics, or a quotation that will remind those in attendance of your loved one.

Transportation Arrangements

After a funeral service is held, the body of the deceased is typically transported to the cemetery in which it is to be buried. Regardless of whether the body is to be buried immediately following the memorial as part of the funeral service or is to be buried in another city or state, a funeral director can help you make transportation arrangements for your loved one’s body.

Are you a Chicago resident who is looking for a full-service funeral home that is staffed by professionals who can ensure that not even the tiniest detail is overlooked when planning your loved one’s memorial service? At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, our caregivers are available to help you make all necessary funeral and memorial service arrangements, minimizing the stress you experience during this difficult time.

Coping With Loss Doesn't Have To Be A Solo Endevour, These Resources Might Help.

We hope you have found our recent blog posts to be helpful and informative. If you are looking to learn more about the differences between graveside memorials and indoor memorial services, or you are trying to prepare for your first holiday season without a loved one, then these resources should be of assistance to you.

 For more information, call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567.

Memorial Service Options: Choosing Between a Graveside or Indoor

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Planning a funeral involves difficult decisions. In addition to choosing between a burial and a cremation, one of the major decisions you will have to make in the days following your loved one’s passing is whether to have a graveside or indoor memorial service. Each of these options can provide an atmosphere that is conducive to remembering a loved one before laying him or her to rest. Consider the following points when weighing your decision.

Preference of the Deceased: If your loved one pre-planned a funeral with specific instructions for his or her memorial service, your work may be done for you. Speak with a funeral director if you are trying to see how your loved one’s wishes can be compatible with any elements you may already have planned to incorporate into the memorial.

Location: When making your decision, think about the atmosphere that is best suited for the paying of respects to your loved one. If he or she was a lover of the outdoors, you may want to consider a graveside ceremony. Otherwise, you may want to let family or community tradition rule your decision. You should also think about the number of people you expect to attend the memorial service. If you plan to hold it indoors, make sure the venue you choose can accommodate the number of guests you expect.

Weather Conditions: Another important factor to consider in choosing where to hold your loved one’s memorial service is the weather. What time of year is it? How does the forecast look for the memorial day? Unless your loved one requested a graveside service regardless of the weather conditions, only plan for a graveside memorial if you can expect the weather to be decent.

Are you in need of the services provided by a the compassionate and knowledgeable staff of a full service funeral home? If you live in the Chicago area, call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567 to start planning the traditional or custom funeral your loved one would have wanted.

Coping With the Holidays After Losing a Loved One

The holiday season is usually a time for celebration. But when someone passes away, it may seem like there is no longer a reason to celebrate. Your first set of holidays after a loved one has passed will be difficult. Watch this video for some tips on how to cope with them the best you can.

In addition to giving you an idea of what you can expect this holiday season, this video suggests some changes you may want to make to your holiday routine in order to make this winter easier.

If you have recently lost a loved one in the Chicago area and are looking for a caring and compassionate funeral home that can provide you with a full range of burial and memorial services, then contact Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Call (773) 846-6567 to speak to a funeral director today.

Tips for Handling Grief or the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

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For most people, the holiday season is marked by reunions with close family and friends. It is a time to rejoice in celebrating the life and the love that we enjoy, and to carry on religious and cultural traditions that we have been familiar with since we were young. For those who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one, or preparing to face the holidays for the first time without a loved one, the following advice can make this holiday season easier.

Expect some pain: Your first holiday season without a loved one will be difficult. When you feel your emotions starting to overcome you, do not suppress them. Instead, find a quiet place or a group of loved ones who can comfort you. 

Seek grief support: Are you using a full-service funeral home to plan your loved one’s funeral and burial or cremation? If so, make use of the funeral home’s grief support services as well. In addition to general emotional support, your funeral home provider may be able to offer you tips on coping with the holiday season.

Pick and choose your functions: If there are a number of organized annual gatherings you typically attend during the holiday season only because you feel obliged, skip them this year. Planning for and taking the time to attend events you do not even have a desire to go to can be stressful, and it is unlikely to make your holiday season better. Accept invitations only to gatherings that you care about and are invested in attending.

Modify or create new traditions: For many families, the holiday season is steeped in tradition. If you are used to preparing gourmet meals each holiday season, baking the same cookies and pies year after year, and setting up the same elaborate winter village in your living room, do not feel pressure to carry on these traditions this year. If you think they will make the season more difficult, they probably will. Those close to you will understand if you decide to do something entirely different this holiday season.

If you live in Chicago and are looking for an experienced grief support system, contact Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Call (773) 846-6567 to speak to an understanding member of our staff about our full range of support services.

Funeral Planning: You Don't Have to Do It Alone!

In the wake of a loved one’s death, few decisions seem easy. Employing the aid of a professional funeral service home can ease the hardest choices. For more information, contact the funeral home experts of Leaks and Sons at (773) 846-6567.

Funeral Planning: Selecting a Casket

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Planning a funeral can be tough, but the final outcome reflects your tribute to a lost loved one. Ensure the success of every detail with this memorial-planning guide.

  • Get Help: Making funeral decisions is tough, especially when challenged by the devastating loss of a family member. However, making decisions for the deceased requires emotional resilience and a clear mind. Bring a friend to support you through your selections. A comforting touch or encouraging word will keep you focused you customize a loved one’s final resting place to meet his or her needs. Family members can also depend on the professional expertise of the funeral home staff. Allowing them to handle most of the details will give you more time to spend with your family.
  • Choose the Right Material: Funeral caskets are produced in a wide range of attractive colors and finishes. Many families choose a wooden casket on its stately appearance and high quality construction. Mahogany, oak, pine, and cherry make up only a fraction of possible building materials.  Some prefer metal caskets based on their reliable ability to protect a family member’s remains far in the future. Two-tone color options and attractive metal trims can be used to adorn the casket for a showing.
  • Consider Your Loved One: The most important consideration when choosing a casket is the preference of the deceased. Use pre-planning documentation or previously expressed wishes to personalize a final resting place. Choose a design or approach that would fit the character of your loved one in life. For example, a quiet person may have appreciated the subtle elegance of a simple wooden casket.

After the death of a loved one, planning a funeral service is just one of many challenges. Between time-consuming funeral planning, families must face the sadness that inevitably follows loss. Leak and Sons offers both complete funeral home resources and emotional support services. Learn how hands-on funeral planning can help family members to work through their grief by calling us at (773) 846-6567.

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