How is Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes different?
At Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes we offer unrivaled continuity of care, from advance planning, to at-need arrangements, to bereavement counseling. We attempt to provide all options to assure the most personalized service possible.
We're most concerned with how we provide those services. Our counselors are trained and expected to do what is in the best interest of the family being served, never to follow "must" guidelines or selling strategies. Where do I go to start making my advance funeral plans? Basically, wherever you feel most comfortable.
You can make an appointment to meet with a Harper-Talasek funeral director in the privacy and comfort of your own home, or at our Temple location.
A death forces you to deal with a world of details you may know little about and at a time when you are most vulnerable. Since you must depend in large part on guidance from a funeral home, it's important that you have confidence that these advisors are open, honest, and have your best interests at heart when helping you plan a funeral.
If you desire a religious service, your funeral director can make arrangements for you with a local clergyman from a denomination with which your family has had some past association.
Or if a more intimate or informal approach is preferred, a family member might offer a few simple words. A good friend could read some poetry.
You could even plan a music-only service with no speaker. Any of these can be appropriate, as long as the form of service you select will be meaningful to your family.
Viewing is an important time because it reinforces the reality of death. It may not be easy to do, but that is okay. Viewing allows family and friends to see that their loved one is at rest and free from pain and discomfort. It gives us a peaceful memory to cherish.
Sending flowers to a funeral service is a way of showing that you care, and are thinking about a family in their time of loss. Flowers add beauty to the service and soften the memory of the event in the family's mind. Traditionally, they symbolize the cycle of all life and help us understand that death is a normal part of our existence on earth. So even though many may request memorial contributions to a charity instead, flowers are still valid, appropriate and thoughtful ways to express your sympathies.
Embalming is important for maintaining the health and safety of the public and the funeral home staff. This procedure ensures the preservation of the body from the time of death until disposition and it allows us to create an acceptable physical appearance of the deceased for the visitation time. Certain regulations also exists that make embalming necessary if the body is to be conveyed by public transportation.
Harper-Talasek funeral home is caring and wonderful and treat your loved one like one of their own. They treated my mom with the utmost respect and compassion. She was never made to feel alone. There was always someone there to lend a heartfelt hug and a tissue. From our family to yours, Thank you.
They showed professionalism, compassion, patience, and respect during our time of loss.
Everyone was very professional, kind and helpful to all our needs, we are greatly appreciated and thankful for all of your work.
John Burgess was very helpful and kind in every way to explain all of our questions. Very highly recommended! Thank you so much.
Your business has been helping our family and extended family for more than 50 years arrange for our loved one's funeral and graveside services. In all of that time I have never heard of anyone complain and I have yet to hear anything but positive comments about you.