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

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Our recent blog posts have discussed the many steps involved in arranging a funeral and offered tips for making the decision between burying and cremating a loved one. If you would like to learn more about either of these topics, then the resources listed below may be of interest to you.

If you are looking for an experienced and caring funeral home to help with the funeral of a loved one, then call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567. 


Choosing Between Cremation and Burial

Choosing between cremation and burial is a hard decision for many individuals to make when thinking about their own funerals. Likewise, if a loved one has not made his or her preferences known on the issue, then deciding whether to bury or cremate can be extremely difficult. Continue reading to find out what considerations should be taken into account when making this decision:

Talk to your family.

If you are the one leading the funeral planning process for a family member, then talk to others in your family to see if your loved one ever expressed directly or even hinted at a preference between the two choices. If not, then consider family tradition. Have most of your ancestors been buried or cremated? Has this trend changed in the past generation or two? 

Consider your loved one’s religious beliefs.

If your love one held any strong religious convictions, then this may make your decision easier. Cremation is believed to interfere with one’s transition into the afterlife in some religions, and many denominations within the three Abrahamic faiths call for full body burials only. Among Hindus and Buddhists, cremation is the norm.

Take cost into account, if necessary.

Everyone wants to fulfill the wishes of a loved one. However, if you feel that nothing is directing you toward one decision or the other and your funeral planning budget is limited, then take cost into account. Cremations typically have fewer expenses associated with them than burials do. Speak with the director of the funeral home you are working with to find out which option will allow you to honor your loved one with the least financial burden.

If someone you love has just passed away and you are looking for a full-service funeral home to help you arrange your loved one’s burial or cremation, then contact Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Call (773) 846-6567 to speak with an understanding funeral home director about our Chicago area resident and out-of-town funeral services.

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Funeral Planning: How to Plan a Funeral According to Custom

Are you interested in learning how different customs impact the funeral process? If so, then check out this informational video clip.

Funeral practices vary widely throughout the world, but they also vary from town to town and from home to home across the United States. In this video, you will learn how different religions and cultural traditions affect the various decisions families make when planning funerals for their loved ones. Among these considerations are the decision between burial and cremation, the location of the funeral service and burial site, the casket or urn-making process, and the time after death in which a person’s body must be laid to rest.

If you are looking for a Chicago-area funeral home that caters to all types of funeral customs, then consider Leak & Sons Funeral Homes. Call (773) 846-6567 to find out more about our full line of funeral services, including pre-planning funeral arrangements.

Important Things to Consider When Arranging a Funeral

Even if the process of arranging a funeral wasn’t undertaken during an extremely emotional time, having to make so many arrangements in just a few days would still be stressful. To get a grasp on the most important tasks involved in the funeral planning process, continue reading:

Choosing a funeral director

If you live in a small town, then this may be an easy task. If you live in a large city, like Chicago or New York, then you will have several funeral directors to choose from. Find a funeral director that provides all of the services you are looking for and shows care and compassion toward you and your family. Your funeral director will be able to walk you through the legal and health requirements necessary for arranging a funeral.


Deciding on a burial or cremation

This is an important part of the funeral process, and it is a decision that should be made based on the wishes of your loved one or a discussion with those who knew him or her best.


Notifying others

Find your loved one’s address book and contact all friends and family listed. To give the community at large an opportunity to pay their respects, submit an obituary request to the local paper.


Writing a eulogy

A eulogy should come from the heart, and it does not need to be lengthy. Speak with friends and family for their thoughts. You may even want to look to certain websites for inspiration.


Burying items with the deceased

If your loved one was devoutly religious, then it may make sense to bury him or her with the religious book he or she followed. Many people are buried with pieces of jewelry that they regularly donned while living. Think also about your loved one’s favorite hobbies—maybe he or she would have liked to be buried with a deck of playing cards, a golf club and tee, or a treasured trinket.


Pre-planning funerals is also becoming more common. If you wish to spare your loved ones some stress and ensure that your funeral is carried out as you would prefer, then consider pre-planning your funeral. Call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567 to find out more about funeral pre-planning or to start making arrangements for your loved one today.

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