Every family that experiences the death of a loved one will have a very important decision to make. That decision is whether or not to see their loved one prior to either burial or cremation. This decision should not be taken lightly as it cannot be done over if it is regretted later. Viewing the deceased can be done for just the family or for family and friends. The preparation of the deceased for viewing is a sacred trust that is taken on by the funeral home and their staff.
The desire for the family and friends to see the deceased one last time is not a new concept or idea. It began here in the United States during the Civil War when families would travel to battlefields to locate their loved ones and bring them home. The Union Army had "Embalming Surgeons" in the battlefield that would prepare the remains, place them in a coffin & send back to the family by train or horse and buggy. With the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln which took his remains through this country from Washington D.C. to his home in Springfield, Illinois over 19 days with stops along the way for viewing by the public, the public was made aware of this new process.
The purpose of the funeral:
- Helps confirm the reality and finality of death.
- Provides a climate of mourning and the expression of grief.
- Allows the sorrows of one to become the sorrows of all.
- It is the only time when love is given and not expected in return.
- It is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects.
- Encourages the affirmation of religious faith.
- It is a declaration that a life has been lived, as well as a sociolgical statement that a death has occurred.
- Allows people to remember and honor their loved one in a special way.
- Serves as a gathering place for family and friends to give emotional support to one another.
- It helps survivors to better cope with their grief and enables them to move forward in their lives.
- It encourages mourners to face the pain of their loss and express their thoughts and feelings, openly.
- It initiates the grieving process while bringing closure to the death.
A message from the Hamsher Family,
The family of Kenneth K. Hamsher wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the dear friends and neighbors, the Fox Lake Police Dept., Lake County Sheriff’s Dept., U.S. Naval Honors Detail and to the members of the Fox Lake Fire Protection Dept and Rescue Squad, as well as the Johnsburg Rescue Squad members (especially Dick and Sandy Bowe) who assisted Ken during his lifetime and honored him following his death.
We will always be grateful to everyone at his home parish, St. Bede’s Church, Reverend Father Robert Fitzpatrick Pastor Emeritus, Reverend Father Rodolfo Ramirez Pastor, Deacon Larry Spohr, Gerry Patryn, and the choir, musicians and ministers of care. JourneyCare Hospice gave dad’s final days the reassurance and comfort that he had given others in their time of need. Our sincere appreciation to our former funeral home family, William Clark, Graham Hills, Marguerite Drozd, Paul Goldman and Emily Mott and our current funeral home directors and staff, Michael Carroll, Jennifer Valentine, Ed Becker and Chris McCauley; who came together with their caring and dignified attention to dad’s services.
We will always remember the many kindnesses and generosity, the cards, visits and prayers extended to our family in our father’s name.
To the clergy, that dad was so honored to work beside, and the people of Fox Lake and surrounding communities who have put their loved ones in his care – we want you to know, dad appreciated and was humbled by the trust you placed in him for the past 61 years and he thought the world of all of you.
Deborah Glen, Sharon Breunig and Kirk Hamsher
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