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GARDEN CEMETERIES

Published: February 23, 2020

As Londoners continued to run out of space to bury their dead by the mid-nineteenth century, town planners and architects turned toward more rural areas for additional space.  In these new spaces, the concept of “garden cemeteries” was born, which combined sweeping roads for carriages, smaller paths for strolling, and carefully planned landscaping to create a private, landscaped park with a central chapel. Thirty years later, a more practical approach to cemetery layout utilized a more efficient grid-like layout, which further promoted the idea of a cemetery as an educational, contemplative and dignified environment that met the Victorian standards of the age. After World War I, the ravages of war forced the English to switch to more understated design.

A funeral is a meaningful event that can help ease the pain of separation that naturally accompanies death. It is a time of sharing good memories and experiences with family and friends. It is a time when respect, concern, and appreciation for a life that has been lived can be expressed in a sincere manner. To learn more about our funeral services, please call JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME at 668-1960. Please tour our facility at 48 Common Street, where we have been serving our community with care for more than 50 years.   

QUOTE: “Graveyards are for the living, not the dead.”

Heather Brewer

PREVAILING TRENDS

Published: February 16, 2020

Whether you find the notion edifying or distressing, many young people have never handwritten and mailed a letter of correspondence. Instead, they simply type out a text and expect an immediate response. The fact is that, as a culture, we are becoming less traditional. With this in mind, Baby Boomers and their progeny are ever more interested in cremation and less concerned with conventional funeral rituals. Many people find cremation to be very practical, in terms of its simplicity, portability, versatility, and reduced expense. The idea of being able to schedule the events surrounding the death of a loved in accordance with the ability of the greatest number of people to attend a memorial service is also appealing.

If you have decided that you want to be cremated after your death, you can place your request in writing and provide the copies of instruction to your relatives. Preplanning the cremation is also helpful for your loved ones as it is cost-effective and gives peace of mind. If you are interested in learning more about the services we offer, please call JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME at 668-1960. We invite you to tour our home at 48 Common Street, where we have been serving our community with compassion for more than 50 years.        

QUOTE: “Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

Mitch Albom

PAYING CONDOLENCES

Published: February 9, 2020

Upon meeting with grieving individuals, those paying condolences may search their minds for words that adequately express their feelings and provide comfort. The fact is, however, that words may not be needed at all. Those who have just experienced great loss  would tell you that they find the mere presence of well-wishing people provides them with a great deal of support. While a lot of expressions might come to mind, a heartfelt embrace may speak volumes about what a person attending a funeral has to say. Beyond that, any mention of the deceased or inquiry as to the health of mourner is sure to be appreciated. Making declarations of one’s willingness to help can come later.

One of the reasons why people are so uncomfortable at a wake or funeral is because they’re not sure about what to do or say when offering condolences. While death may be an extremely uncomfortable topic, the worst thing you can do is ignore it when it occurs in the family of a friend or colleague. JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME has been serving the community with compassion for more than 50 years. Please call us at 668-1960 to learn more about our services. Our funeral home is located at 48 Common Street.

QUOTE: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

Albert Schweitzer

DECIDING FACTORS

Published: February 2, 2020

Americans are increasingly becoming more interested in all things natural, including burials. With this in mind, more are choosing “green burials” as an eco-friendly means of reducing their carbon footprint. According to a recent survey by the National Funeral Directors Association, nearly 54 percent of Americans are considering a green burial, while 72 percent of cemeteries are reporting an increased demand for such. The extent to which a burial goes green depends on individual preference. The Green Burial Council recommends minimizing negative environmental effects by forgoing embalming, skipping concrete vaults, rethinking burial containers, and maintaining and protecting natural habitat. Working with an experienced funeral director helps carry out planners’ wishes in accordance with local regulations.

Green burials are not new. Most burials before the mid-19th century were conducted this way, as are many Jewish and Muslim burials today. The idea of wrapping the body in a shroud or placing it in a plain, unadorned coffin appeals to those who prefer to be simple and natural burial arrangements. To learn more, please call JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME at 668-1960. Our funeral home has been faithfully serving our community for more than 50 years. We welcome you to tour our home at 48 Common Street.

QUOTE: “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth…” 

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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