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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.


We invite you to browse through our site and learn about our firm and what services we can offer to you and your family. We are very proud of our tradition, our facilities, and the services that we provide. Please feel free to visit our website often, and if a question arises, do not hesitate to call on us. We are on Pistakee Lake.

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12 N. Pistakee Lake Road | P.O. Box 36 | Fox Lake, IL 60020
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