History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
While there may have been a time in our history that the word "funeral" meant something that was very similar and familiar to each of us, that is not reality today. How you choose to honor the life of someone you loved is very personal.
It's important to recognize that funerals and memorial ceremonies are for the living ... for those who are affected by the loss of a loved one. It is through the funeral process that a number of emotional needs are met for those who grieve.
A funeral is similar to other ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism, and a bar mitzvah, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives.
The funeral declares that a death has occurred. It celebrates the life that has been lived, and offers family and friends the opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one.
The gathering of family and friends for a time of sharing and funeral service helps to provide emotional support so needed at this time. This will help those who grieve to face the reality of death and consequently, to take the first step toward a healthy emotional adjustment.
The funeral can and does take on many varied forms. Funerals can last from minutes to months and are usually influenced by the lifestyle and values of the bereaved family and friends.
We have caring and dedicated staff and the resources available to provide a service tailored to suit the wishes and needs of you and your family and it is our desire to exceed your expectations. We will arrange the logistics of how and when and where. We will look after obituary notices in all the appropriate media and receive on-line condolences. We will provide the opportunity for you and encourage you to personalize the service and remember a unique life with things like favorite music selections of country, rock and roll or inspirational music, memory boards, color portrait memorial cards and guest register books. We will listen to you, and that is the most important thing we can do for you.
When a death occurs, contact us immediately by telephone, regardless of the time of day or night or where the death has occurred. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, every day. You may be asked at a hospital or other health care facility for the name of the funeral home that should be contacted. Unfortunately, it may not be possible for them to call us until the release of your family member has been processed and for many reasons this may not happen for several hours or even not until the following day. Upon initial contact, we will make available to you our services, facilities, experience and reputation. We will assume all necessary responsibilities in caring for the deceased and the concerns of the family.
Our Valued Staff
Justin A. Daws, Funeral Director
657 North Main
Winchester, Illinois 62694