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Simple Ways to Personalize a Funeral Service

Losing a loved one gives family members the opportunity to create a funeral that highlights the life and legacy of the person who has passed. A personalized funeral can also help those coping with loss manage their grief. If you are making funeral arrangements in Chicago, IL, you have many options for coordinating a memorable and touching funeral.

Ask Guests to Contribute Stories

The people who attend funeral services are there to not only pay their respects to the family, but also come to terms with their grief. Having your guests share their memories of your loved one can be a beautiful way to remember your family member through spoken or written word. As each person recalls his favorite stories, you can record them for posterity. If you have your guests write down their thoughts, you can bind them together in a book.

Coordinate a Musical Arrangement

Was your loved one a fan of music? Did he have a particular artist or band that he followed? If music had a special place in your family member’s life, have it be part of his funeral services. To create a musical tribute, gather together the albums of the artists that your loved one enjoyed and play them during the funeral services. You might also consider having someone sing a song to honor your family member.

Create a Memorial

Many families find solace in the creation of a memorial for their loved ones. A memorial can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Prior to the funeral services, you might ask your expected guests to bring a photograph of your loved one so that you can put them together in a collage. You can also have a bench placed in a favorite location of your family member. Whatever you choose, a memorial can provide great comfort for family and friends alike.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you create a personalized funeral that honors your loved one in a meaningful way. Call (773) 358-1606 to learn more about our funeral home services. Our website also provides information on funeral personalization options.

Tips for Choosing Pallbearers

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The pallbearer serves the important role of carrying the casket at funeral services. There are usually six or eight total handles on a casket, which allows for one pallbearer for each handle. Typically pallbearers are family members or close friends of the deceased. It’s common for adult children, siblings, grown grandchildren, close friends, nieces, nephews, and colleagues to be asked to serve as pallbearers during a funeral service, but there are no rules on who can serve as a pallbearer. Being chosen as a pallbearer is an honor; but make sure to choose someone who is physically capable of carrying the casket. If you want to choose someone to be a pallbearer but have doubts about their ability to carry the casket, make them an honorary pallbearer instead; this way, they can walk beside the casket during the funeral service without carrying the casket.

Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago understands that planning a funeral can be overwhelming. We are here to help you with the pre-planning of funeral services if you need it. Simply call us at (773) 846-6567 or visit our website to speak with a compassionate and helpful member of our staff.

How to Incorporate Your Personal Memories into a Eulogy

A eulogy gives you the opportunity to reflect on your loved one’s life and remind everybody about his or her best qualities. Many people say that writing a eulogy that incorporates personal memories is fairly easy. If you had an intense emotional connection with the deceased, however, delivering a eulogy with lots of personal memories is typically quite challenging. Watch the video clip for tips on how to incorporate your personal memories of your loved one into a eulogy.

Writing and delivering a eulogy is one of the central components of traditional funeral services. If you were asked to write a eulogy or want to know how to ask someone to deliver a eulogy at your loved one’s funeral, call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes in Chicago at (773) 846-6567.

How to Avoid Sibling Conflict After a Parent Passes

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Many adult siblings find that they become closer to each other following a parent’s death and subsequent funeral services. But others find that unresolved issues and past rivalries come to the surface. At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, we would like to offer the following tips for avoiding sibling conflict following the loss of a parent.

Communicate Openly

In some families, parents serve as the middleman between siblings. In these families, one sibling shares news with the parents, then the parents share this news with the other siblings. Following the death of a parent within these families, the siblings tend to lose contact with one another. Calling or writing a message to siblings directly shows that you want to stay in touch. Don’t be discouraged if your efforts are met with little response initially; new routines take time to be adopted.

Show Appreciation for Your Sibling’s Efforts

If you want a more positive dynamic to come from your sibling relationships, you must make an effort. You need to also recognize efforts your sibling has made, as this is very important for neutralizing conflict. 

Step Outside Your Role

Lots of siblings grow up feeling like they have a role in the family. As an adult, these roles can cause resentment and tension. Step out of your role to offer assistance and gratitude. Give your siblings an apology for any responsibility you had in causing your siblings stress, whether it was decades ago or a rift that occurred before or after the funeral services. In many cases it can be helpful to seek the service of a mediator or counselor. Going through past issues can help foster perspective and empathy.

Dealing with loss typically involves tension of some sort. At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes of Chicago, we want to help in any way that we can. In addition to our funeral memorial services, we offer grief and support services. Call us at (773) 846-6567 or browse our website for more information.

Leak & Sons Gives Back

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When Spencer Leak Jr heard about Jaheim Benton's story-a Jackie Robinson West Little League champions player that was a superstar on the field, but had no place to leave, he decided to give them a great gift-a year's worth of rent paid for Jaheim's family.

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

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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 (773) 846-6567 or visit our website.

How Men Should Dress for a Funeral

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 (773) 846-6567. 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?

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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.

Pre-Need Planning: How You and Your Family Benefits

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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

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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

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