161 Year Old Funeral Home Honors Deceased and Living This Memorial Day

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Every year, more than one million people plan and fund their funerals ahead of time. This Memorial Day, Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes encourages families to not only pay their respects for those who have passed, but to respect those who have yet to pass, by talking with family members about their wishes for when the inevitable comes.

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Jeffrey M. Dames

As Memorial Day approaches, the nation pauses to honor the sacrifices that the men and women of the armed forces made for the nation. It is human nature not only to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but to also recall family members who are gone.

“For those of us left behind, Memorial Day can have two separate and distinct feelings. For those who have faced their grief head on, it can be a day of reflection of happier times and good memories. Consequently, for those who did not have the opportunity to express and share their grief, or chose to avoid the opportunity completely, it can be a day of reliving some of those yet unresolved conflicts and emotions,” says Jeffrey M. Dames of the Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes, whose family has been providing funeral services for five generations, and 161 years, establishing themselves first in Joliet, Illinois in 1854, and in Morris, Illinois since 2005. “When someone dies, it is an unrepeatable event, and just as someone would seek the advice of a physician during the time of illness, you should absolutely seek the advice of a funeral director at the time of a loved one’s death--not only for the lifelong psychological impact but also because making a healthy grief recovery is different for every family.”

According to a recent Columbus Dispatch article on May 11, 2015, “Fifty years ago, according to the Cremation Association of North America, the cremation rate was about 4 percent. The world of mortuary science has evolved, though: Last year, burials and cremations were about even, according to projections in a 2014 report from the funeral directors association.”

Currently large cremation companies are soliciting senior citizens to sign them up for simple cremation services all across this nation. The marketing plan is simple: provide an invitation to a nice meal at a restaurant, promise lower cost, and spare their family from the pain of a funeral. This one-size-fits-all funeral service transaction, realized usually many years from now, leaves surviving families without choice, and perhaps unwilling to go against the final wishes of the now deceased.

“This no choice option is what can potentially lead to a lifetime of unresolved emotional closure. There is a better way. Talk to your children, find out what their expectations are, and then consult a licensed funeral director whose reputation and sound advice in the community you trust,” said Jeffrey. “You will find that you will give your family the ability to make a healthy grief recovery and live a better life without regret, when you are no longer here to help guide them.”

About Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes
This family lives by the philosophy that there is no greater reward in life than to help another human being at one of the most difficult times in their life, and to know that through their efforts they have helped to ease the uncertainty, having created a safe and comfortable place in which to reflect. Their aspiration is to provide the finest funeral or memorial tribute possible, to exceed their client family’s expectations, and to do so with the utmost professionalism, dignity, honor and respect. Fred C. Dames Morris Chapel is located at 1201 West U.S. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive, Morris, IL 60450 and the Fred C. Dames Joliet Chapel is located at 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL 60431. For more information, visit fredcdames.com or call (815) 741-5500.        

Written by Tiffani Tendell, News Director
NALA News Division
805.650.6121, ext. 361

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