Recent Spotlight Articles

Basley’s Florist: Helping Honor Loved Ones

April 18th, 2017

Basley’s Florist, located in Jeffersonville, Georgia, is a full-service florist that has been in business for over 18 years. They specialize in customer service and are willing to go the extra mile to help their customers.

Whether you are looking to celebrate, comfort, console, or cheer, Basley’s will help you find the perfect arrangement. From fresh flowers and green plants to a silk floral design that looks real, they are able to provide a beautiful arrangement for any price range.

They service a wide delivery area that includes more than 20 funeral homes. They take pride in creating their funeral arrangements, and great care is used to ensure that these floral tributes uphold the memory of deceased loved ones. Heart floral tributes are their specialty.

Basley’s Florist understands that loved ones can pass unexpectedly and at any time of the day. They answer their phones 24 hours a day, offer delivery Monday thru Saturday, and are available to make deliveries on Sundays by appointment. For all of your funeral flower and floral needs, contact Basley’s Florist.


Preserve Your Loved Ones Memory with Gies Bros. G. Sperry & Sons

March 6th, 2014

The death of a loved one is difficult, and making decisions about important services while dealing with grief is never easy. That’s why it’s imperative to work with a company you can trust, one that has been around for a long time, has a stellar reputation and cares about their customers needs, not just their own bottom line. Monument company Gies Bros. G. Sperry & Sons of Dover, NJ, embodies these criteria.

Longevity and Reliability

Gies Bros. has been in business for well over a century, and they are normally the first name people think of when they think of monument services in the Dover, NJ area. The company’s long-lived success isn’t born from the most advertising dollars spent, but rather from a vested interest in you, the customer. The men and women at Gies Bros. care about providing the best monument for your needs, and their commitment to excellence shows in their work.

Local, family-owned businesses don’t thrive for over a hundred years without a strong focus on the customer and a desire to meet the customer’s needs. And when it comes to monuments, the customer’s desire is all that matters.

Workmanship that Matters

A monument is a lasting part of your loved one’s legacy and therefore must be perfect. They have dedicated craftsmen who work tirelessly to bring you the monument you want, so you can show the respect your loved one deserves. Their products include:

  • Bronze Monuments
  • Cemetery Lettering
  • Granite Monuments

And the services they offer are:

  • Computer Generated Proofs
  • Engraving
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Outdoor Displays
  • Sales

Your loved one’s monument will always be there for the world to see, shouldn’t it be crafted by the best available? Contact Gries Bros. G. Sperry & Sons and speak to our helpful staff. They understand how hard it can be to choose the right monument and they’re ready to help every step of the way.

Schmidt Memorials – For Generations of Remembrance

November 11th, 2013

A monument for a loved one should stand the test of time and act as a remembrance of that person’s well-lived life. Schmidt Memorials of Conroe, Texas is a company with over 40 years of experience creating beautiful markers that inspire and celebrate life.

Beautifully Personalized Full LedgerQuality Monuments Built With Precision

With craftsmanship that can only be achieved through years of experience, Schmidt Memorials uses the best materials available to create each of their monuments. This team of professionals works with skill and precision that shows in every handcrafted piece.

Personalized Markers

Part of the lasting effect of a great memorial is the level of personalization that is capable with talented stone and metal workers. From stone engraving and laser etching to stunning bronze markers, a highly original tribute can be created with fitting details and style. These are memorials that go beyond functional and speak to the heart.

When you come to the Schmidt staff with your ideas, they will be able to talk you through your options and explain techniques that will lend itself to different designs. The finished work will accomplish what you agreed upon and exceed your expectations.

Unique Stone BenchMemorialized With Excellence

Trust a company that will help you through the selection and ordering process step by step. Whether you are ordering for a loved one or pre-planning, the experienced employees will work with you one on one to get a clear picture of what you want to express.

However, if you find yourself needing guidance, you will appreciate a knowledgeable staff that can make appropriate suggestions too. This type of excellence customer service has helped build a business with a reputation for quality work and focus on the customer’s needs.

They also offer a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere that allows each client the freedom to make these important decisions at their own comfortable pace. After all, they understand it is a process of love to create a memorial that will last many lifetimes. Schmidt Memorials is dedicated to providing the right commemorative element for you.

Mourning Jewelry By Expressions Of Grief

October 17th, 2013

Broken Heart RingAfter the loss of a loved one, those individuals in mourning choose to express their grief in different ways and for different lengths of time. And while the first thing that comes to mind for mourning is wearing all-black, another lesser known tradition is mourning jewelry.

Expressions of Grief specialize in unique and timeless jewelry that can be worn in remembrance of the dearly departed.

Widow’s Rings

Perhaps the most popular of mourning jewelry is the widow’s ring which is worn next to the wedding bands. A widow’s ring is a touchable, visible symbol of altered life change and does not necessarily replace the wedding bands. This ring is worn to reflect grief and to remember. To remove your wedding rings is “A matter of the heart” …not “A matter of time.”

Commemorate Spouses, Parents, Siblings and More

When you have suffered a loss, only you can decide how to honor your loved one. Mourning jewelry is a physical reminder than can be with you daily to help ensure that moving forward does not feel like forgetting.

So many beautiful designs are available that symbolize personal grief, connection and love. Each is crafted with care from durable, high quality materials. For touching stories and more photos, find Expressions of Grief by Diane on Facebook.

Prayer Wheel RingThe Prayer Wheel Ring- A Beautiful and Unique Choice

Introducing a lovely and innovative design, the Prayer Wheel Ring is an Expressions of Grief exclusive. This ring is made of stainless steel with a printed outer black ring that can spin on its base. In Tibet, Prayer Wheels are spun to send a prayer spinning to the heavens. The spin is believed to be the same as saying the prayer out loud so each spin of the ring counts as a time that the prayer is said.

This Prayer Wheel Ring is printed with the words “always in my heart & soul” and can serve as a way to send a silent peaceful message any time it is worn.

The choice of mourning jewelry is very personal and can be a step in a healthy grieving process. When questions are left unanswered and a heart feels broken, having a tangible symbol of love and serenity can be a very powerful thing. Expressions of Grief understand how to craft jewelry that is more than something you wear, but something you always feel.

The Flower Basket: Saying Goodbye with Flowers

October 10th, 2013

Psalm 23 Standing SprayThe giving of sympathy flowers is a long-held tradition in many cultures and offers mourners the opportunity to express condolences with more than mere words. It is often hard to find the perfect thing to say when expressing sympathy to the family member of a lost loved one. People deal with grief in different ways, and knowing just how to approach an individual after she has lost a friend or family member isn’t always plausible. Sympathy flowers offer a time-honored solution.

Flowers are always a welcome gift, even in the worst of times. The beauty and love which can be portrayed in an intricately detailed sympathy arrangement will reflect the love you bear the deceased and her family. Of course, the most beautiful arrangements come from the most talented florists and designers, and those are always found locally.

Opening the Flower Basket

For those in the Madison Heights and surrounding area of Virginia, The Flower Basket stands as a full-service floral shop which specializes in sympathy flowers. They provide only the best and highest quality flowers woven into a gorgeous arrangement depicting stellar workmanship. Each piece is hand-crafted with the intricate detail born of many years of experience and the one thing that can’t be taught, talent!

Personalize Your TributeVirginia Tech Spray

Sympathy flowers are a very personal expression of love. That’s why owner/operator Dawn Stamm not only allows you to choose from a wide selection of sympathy flower options such as casket sprays, standing sprays and sympathy arrangements, but you can also work directly with her to create your own design. Dawn will take the input you provide and weave a floral tapestry which illustrates the essence of your tribute.

Dawn and the other floral artists that make up The Flower Basket staff are ready and willing to offer you as much, or as little, help as you require. And if the deceased was a sports fan, this group of designers have extensive experience creating tasteful displays with sports-related themes.

Don’t let a friend or loved one pass unremarked because you can’t think of the right words. Send a sympathy arrangement and let the flowers do the talking for you.

Building A Tribute With Tucson Marble & Granite

August 15th, 2013

Selecting a monument is a decision that lasts a lifetime and beyond.

Whether you are honoring a loved one or are pre-planning, Tucson Marble and Granite can help you through the process of visualizing and building this important marker piece by piece. They can create a stunning tribute that stand the test of time. Their craftsmen work with precision and care that have been the trademark of this trusted family-owned company since 1917. While this business is located in Tucson, Arizona, they proudly ship anywhere in the world and service all cemeteries.

Beautiful Monuments Crafted From Quality Materials

Using only the best hard stone and proven carving techniques for their work, this monument company knows that you are commemorating an important life lived.

Monuments, urns and plaques are available in many sizes and designs and are guaranteed to remain unchanged for generations to come. When quality is crucial, turn to a company that specializes in hand-crafted markers made with the most enduring materials of nature.

Personalized Headstones

You can choose from traditional text and symbolic graphics for a stately simple look on a bronze plaque or stone. Celebrate memories and create a lasting focal point with a photo etching. With this technique almost any photo can be engraved on a variety of stone to preserve a beautifully realistic portrait.

Understanding The Importance of Remembrance

In a somber time full of important questions, you can work directly with an understanding and compassionate team member to find the right answers. All the skilled employees at Tucson Marble and Granite understands the need for thorough, detailed workmanship and how to create a lasting image for your loved one.

Monuments for a graveside are more than words on a stone. These markers are objects that symbolize the lasting effect a person can have on those around them. This is quite possibly the most permanent physical presence we, as morals, can maintain. Tucson Marble and Granite offer 75 years of experience and artistry in dedicating unique and exquisite monuments to commemorate the dearly departed.

Locally-owned or Corporate Funeral Home?

October 5th, 2012

Often knowing where to begin is the most challenging aspect of funeral planning. When choosing what funeral home to use, there are many factors to consider. The first of which is whether to use a locally-owned funeral home versus a corporate funeral home. Each have their advantages, yet the overall approach and guidance may be different.

To understand the advantages of using a locally/family-owned funeral home, FSN Funeral Homes spoke to Larry Don Graves, owner of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Homes in Huntsville, TX. Mr. Graves gives us great insight into the benefits of using a locally-owned funeral home.

Larry Graves - Funeral Director of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral HomeFSN Funeral Homes: What is the most significant advantage of using a locally/family-owned funeral home over a corporate funeral home?

Larry Don Graves: “A family owned funeral home’s major desire is always about the service and care given to the family. We focus on catering to the specific needs and wants of the deceased and their family because we are not just a business and they are not just our customers. They are part of our community and part of our daily lives. In fact, most  mom and pop-owned funeral homes, have a strong sense of community — often giving back to that community in a variety of ways. Corporate-owned funeral homes often do not have this same in-depth connection with the local community.”

FSN Funeral Homes: As a family-owned funeral home what is your approach or relationship with local families?

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Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care

June 7th, 2011

A Helping Hand When Planning A Funeral

Legacy Funeral & Cremation - San Diego CALooking for some insight on what drives the largest funeral home in San Diego, CA to provide a very personalized service for its customers?

After years of building a reputation as exceptional and extremely customer-centric, Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care is committed to highly personalized memorials. Whether you use Legacy or another funeral home, their approach to funeral planning and services is beneficial for every family planning a funeral.

The funeral directors at Legacy were kind enough to discuss their philosophy with FSN Funeral Homes.

What is Legacy’s  approach when dealing with families during a time of loss?

Providing as much help as possible is our main concern. Families are dealing with many stressful and emotional situations during this time. If we can help eliminate some of these stresses, families can concentrate on healing. One of the most important qualities a funeral home should have is helpfulness.

How does Legacy help families who are planning a funeral?
Assisting families through every aspect of the funeral planning process is a major part of what we do for our clients. We help them to navigate the many funeral planning steps from paper work and filing government forms, to helping create a memorial service as unique as their loved one.

Every client works with a funeral arranger who guides them through the personal decisions needed to arrange the funeral service and burial. During the funeral arrangement conference, we will help families handle essential paperwork, such as the death certificate, obituary, and insurance matters; decide what personal funeral service and burial options are needed; and what specific personalized elements should be included in the memorial service. From start to finish, every family will receive personalized care from our experienced staff. During a time of loss, families need guidance more than anything.

How does Legacy guide families in creating a unique memorial service?
Every family is different, with their own traditions, religious views and distinctive traits that make them unique. During a funeral, family members come together in their own way to celebrate with joyous memories, tears and even a few laughs. We encourages families to create a memorial service just as individual and special as their loved one.

Organizing those personal elements is what makes a truly unique and memorable funeral service. Gathering and assembling items can be comforting, yet difficult for families. Guiding families through the process of creating a memory board, encouraging stories and memories during the service and displaying items that reflect the life of their loved-one is our way of helping them during this trying time. Inviting families to share their stories and memories as a way to facilitate healing and closure should be a part of every funeral service.

How does Legacy help comfort families and facilitate closure?
Legacy Funeral & Cremation - San Diego CACreating a relaxed environment that encourages personal reflection time helps promote the healing process. With our private sitting room, intimate chapel and viewing area, families are surrounded with a comforting atmosphere. These amenities, along with a large kitchen, give families the ability to create a soothing home-away-from-home experience. Allowing them to prepare or serve food for immediate family and close friends, or relax in a serene space is our way of helping them through a difficult time.

Every family planning a funeral should receive the same care, consideration and help clients of Legacy Funeral and Creation Care receive.

If you’re not in the San Diego area, try these tips for finding a funeral home to meet your needs:

  • Well-known In The Community
  • Have A Good Reputation
  • Good Location
  • Reasonable Pricing
  • Honest and Compassionate Staff
  • Peaceful Environment
  • Services Available To Your Religious or Cultural Preferences