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.
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!
Tamara Kapcheck knew her mom had pre-arranged her funeral arrangements. It made things so much easier, right down to choosing her favorite flowers. Tamara and her husband have decided to pre-plan for themselves at Glueckert Funeral Home to make it easier on their children. In her words, “Pre-arangement was much easier for us. Everything being done was wonderful”.
The Glueckert Family helped Barb Clement with the arrangements for both of her parents, her dad in 1989 and more recently her mom. Her husband, Dave, had a very special closeness to Barb’s mom especially during the course of a long and trying illness. Remembering the compassion of the Glueckert Family from 26 years ago, there was no question as to whom Barb’s mom, Gloria, would be entrusted to. What Barb remembers most is “how beautiful her mom looked”. We have a responsibility to ensure that the final remembrance is just that; beautiful. We strive to make that the memory for every family we serve.
“My dad was a funny, funny guy. We wanted to honor him in a special way. When we asked Sam Resch at Glueckert Funeral Home if Harry’s grandchildren could set up a hot dog stand in the family coffee room, he told us, ‘it’s a first, but I don’t see why not’. It was such a wonderful way to remember him for us” stated Anne Noffert.
There is always sadness when someone special leaves us, but the most important reason for visitation is to remember and celebrate the life of your loved one. To do so in a unique and special way is something we will do our best to help you with. So, if that means we have Famous Harry’s Hot Dog Stand right here at Glueckert’s, we relish the thought.
It’s an honor for us to serve all of the families who put their confidence and trust in us. If we can be of assistance or answer any questions, call us at 847-253-0168 or visit us at http://www.glueckertfuneralhome.com