Kathy Borresen has experienced Pre-Planning funeral services personally with both of her parents. Her parents pre-arranged their services and her position as Chairwoman of the Environment & Arts Ministry at St. James Parish in Arlington Heights has occasionally offered her the opportunity share her experience with others.
The sigh of relief is unmistakable when Kathy describes, “this just takes difficult decisions and uncertainty out of the hands of the family and gives them clear direction on what to do”. Families can choose to pre-fund their expenses, which alleviates any financial burden to the family. In doing so, Kathy feels the family can then celebrate the life of their loved one and exclusively focus on the family and friends who celebrate with them.
Whether pre-arranged with or without the funding portion, Glueckert Funeral Home will keep on file the record of what the person making the arrangements desire and any choices they’ve made.
During the arrangements for funeral planning or even Pre-Planning, the experience of selecting merchandise can be a very difficult one for families. GlueckertFuneral Home make it as comfortable as we possibly can. We have a very welcoming selection room where families can view full size displays of what they are choosing. We are there to serve our families by answering their questions and providing the information they need to make whatever selections they desire. Whether choosing caskets, vault enclosures, urns or any other merchandise, those decisions reside solely with the family. We even have a section devoted to Eco-Friendly options for families to view.
This portion of the arrangements is often a very difficult one. When the family of a loved one is ready, that’s when we proceed. But not until that time. Our family and our dedicated staff are committed to providing compassionate and professional service throughout the entire arrangement process, whether it is working with a family who have experienced a very painful recent loss, or pre-planning with an individual or a family. There are many choices that families need to make. It is our mission to make that process as comfortable as possible.
CREMATION OFFERS AS MANY OPTIONS AS TRADITIONAL SERVICES
Many people believe that choosing Cremation they are limited in terms of services that are available. In fact, choosing Cremation as the final disposition doesn’t limit any other services a family might prefer when saying a final good bye to a loved one. A full wake service is available, a memorial service and as Sam Resch, one of our Funeral Directors reminds us, we have a specially designed “Bennett”, an urn carrying device that accommodates 4 pall bearers, to give a more traditional feel to a service that concludes with Cremation.
Sam proudly states “The GlueckertFamily takes care of their client families like their own family. No matter what choices are made, we’ll carry out your wishes to our fullest and best capabilities”.
To discuss any questions you may have on Cremation; Direct Cremation, Memorials or any of our services, please call 847-253-0168 or Click Here.
Arlington Heights has named its 2016 Hearts of Gold honorees, the village’s highest award for citizens who contribute to the community.
Steve Daday, a trustee for two decades, will be honored with the Community Spirit Heart of Gold for founding the Sounds of Summer concert series and his other efforts to help Arlington Heights through the years. Daday also recently was appointed the new president of the board at Metropolis Centre for the Performing Arts.
Live4Lali, a nonprofit led by Chelsea Laliberte and Genevieve Przybylo, is being honored with the Heroic Heart of Gold for training first responders on the use of naloxone, a drug that helped police save a young woman from a heroin overdose earlier this year. Live4Lali opened the suburbs’ first walk-in clinic for overdose awareness in Arlington Heights in 2015.
Carol Golemo, a physical education teacher at Thomas Middle School and former member of the U.S. Army for 25 years, will be recognized with the Volunteer Heart of Gold. Golemo has been involved with Veterans Day activities, Adopt-a-Family and several other charities over the years and was recognized with a special assembly at Thomas this week.
Glueckert Funeral Home will be honored with the Business Leadership Heart of Gold for their continued involvement in Arlington Heights, including participation in the Memorial Day parade, fundraising in the community and for offering a free annual trip that takes area veterans on a tour of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery to teach them about their burial rights.
Other honorees are: Paul Bergman of the Arlington Stallions Rugby Club for Mentor Heart of Gold; Greg and Sue Lynk for Best Neighbor Heart of Gold; Hersey High School teacher Jackie Ballarini for Educator Heart of Gold; Buffalo Grove High School junior Danielle Allaire for Young Champion Heart of Gold; Peggy Vaughn and Rita Moody for the Young at Heart award; William Kruser for the Kenneth Bonder Beautification Heart of Gold and Melinda Camardella for the Pam Stocking Heart of Gold award.
All the winners will be honored at the Hearts of Gold Awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Feb 20 at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $60 and available by emailing Nancy Kluz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 400 family and friends of of our loved ones joined us for our 2015 Holiday Remembrance Service. We are so honored to serve the families of our community and beyond. The inspirational words of Pastor Micah Greiner can be a heart-warming reminder all year long. Please “save the date” of Saturday December 3, 2016 for our next Holiday Remembrance Service.
Holiday Remembrance participants share their stories.
Often it takes some courage to return to the place where your loved one spent their final time with you. Annually, we have celebrated a Holiday Remembrance Service for our entire community to come together and share their experience and celebrate the lives of their loved ones together. We videotape the service to make it available to family, friends and loved ones who cannot be there for the experience in person. The combined strength of the community coming together and comforting and help the healing process continue is a truly awe inspiring experience. We’re honored to be able to honor all of our loved ones year after year and to provide a chance for the families who’ve entrusted us with the most treasured people in their lives to celebrate their continuing presence in their lives.
We had some extra special greeters at our Remembrance Service this year!
In addition to the Glueckert Family Members and our Professional Staff, the receiving line for our Holiday Remembrance Service included a quartet of members from the Kare 9 Military Ministry; namely Brutus, Blitz, Brandy and Susie.
Our theme this year of Comfort, Hope & Gift were carried out by our guest hosts in their special way, which may have included a “friendly lick hello” in return for the favor of a loving pet from attendees.
Lutheran Church Ministries of Northbrook operates the Kare 9 Military Ministry for Veterans and the handlers are also Veterans. Their mission is to strive to serve active-duty military, Veterans and their families at various Veteran events and venues in the region.
The Kare 9 Dogs have been with us here at Glueckert Funeral Home for our sponsored events all year, including our entry in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade, our annual coach trip to Abraham Lincoln Cemetery we sponsor for Veterans and their families as well as our Holiday Remembrance Service.
“At our Holiday Remembrance Service, it can be very difficult for families who’ve lost loved ones recently. Upon entering and experiencing these beautiful dogs full of affection, it just seems to offer immediate comfort to our guests. We were so happy to have them as part of the service” said Jackie Glueckert, coordinator of the event.
While Susie is a bit of a Diva, all 4 of our guests agreed to a group photo!