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Celebrate with Us

A lot of the families we serve feel that our caring staff has become an extension of their family during their time of great need. We love being a part of this community we serve.

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THE PERFECT SETTING

Published: January 26, 2020

As those planning funerals continue to look for ways to make their funerals and burials more consistent with their own values and preferences, there has been a shift toward selecting more personal settings. Instead of choosing to conduct a funeral in the funeral home, nearly half of those responding to a National Funeral Directors Association survey indicate that they have attended a funeral at a non-traditional location. These include outdoor settings, homes, and other locations to which the deceased enjoyed a particularly emotional or physical attachment. With this and other important matters in mind, the funeral director is prepared to incorporate any and all of a funeral planner’s wishes into a comprehensive plan that best commemorates an individual’s life.

Memorial services and funerals give us the chance to honor the life of the person who has died and to say goodbye and offer an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to start the journey through the grieving process. While religion is still an important consideration, more and more people look for secular ways to reflect the person’s complete life. At JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME, we accommodate all families. To learn more, please call 668-1960. We invite you to tour our facility at 48 Common Street, where we have been serving our community with care for more than 50 years.

QUOTE: “If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!”

Stan Laurel

END-OF-LIFE EXPECTATIONS

Published: January 19, 2020

“End-of-life” is defined as that time period  when health care providers expect death to occurred  within about six months. During this time, it is well documented that older patients with terminal illness generally prefer their lives to end in a “good death” that avoids burdensome pain and heroic life-saving technology. At the same time, they fear that their pain, symptoms, anxiety, emotional suffering, and family concerns will be ignored and that their advance directives will be disregarded. To avoid such unnecessary worry that they will face death alone and in misery, it is critical that the immediate family take it upon themselves to advocate for their dying family member. A frank discussion is both expected and needed. 

When a loved one dies or death is expected to take place soon, there are many details to take care of. This can be a stressful time. You are grieving and may have assumed a great responsibility by taking on the task of making funeral arrangements for someone you care about. Funeral directors handle the many details that go into caring for someone who is deceased. 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: “Every moment was a precious thing, having in it the essence of finality.” 

Daphne du Maurier

RELATED MATTERS

Published: January 12, 2020

Many people are confused about the differences between “pre-need” and “funeral preplanning.”  Pre-need involves payment for funeral services and goods  well in advance. By entering into a legal agreement to fund the arrangements, an individual commits to a particular funeral provider and makes regular payments to a third party (such as a funeral insurance company)  over a set period of time. With preplanning, a person makes decisions about the type of funeral or burial, the type of ceremony, and the products he or she wants. The planning can be simple or detailed. The instructions are left for loved ones who will  take care of the details  when the time comes. No payment is required to preplan.

It is best to plan for funeral before you need it. You’ll have time to set aside money for your funeral and burial in a way that makes sense for your unique financial situation. You’ll also be able to shop around so that you don’t spend more than you need to. 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: “You can't choreograph death, but you can choreograph your funeral.”

Marina Abramovic

SPOUSAL LOSS

Published: January 5, 2020

While the loss of a spouse can greatly impact the surviving partner, losing a lifetime companion can be devastating. Aside from overwhelming grief, surviving spouses’ lives may be complicated by their own ill health. With all this in mind, researchers have observed a “widowhood effect,”  which refers to an increase in the chance of dying for the elderly after a spouses’ death  in the first three months following the loss. At this point, it is crucial for family and friends to show their love and support in very practical ways, by offering to cook meals, buy groceries, clean, and provide transportation to doctor’s appointments. There is also a great deal to be said for simply spending time with grieving individuals.

The death of a spouse can present a complicated set of difficulties for the bereaved person. These issues go beyond having to handle their grief since the surviving spouse may need immediate help handling basic day-to-day responsibilities. As with any other death, it is important that you be patient, compassionate, and understanding when helping someone grieve the death of a spouse. 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: “The song is ended but the melody lingers on…”

Irving Berlin

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