Everyone can agree that the passing of a loved one can be an extremely difficult time in a person’s life. Likewise, everyone can agree that during those trying times, it’s important to have a team who can serve you in many kind, helpful ways.
Bartholomew Funeral Home’s caring team strives to provide the community with all kinds of services to support people when they need support the most. Whether it’s accommodating a special funeral arrangement or filing your life insurance, Bartholomew has you covered.
“We’re here to help you. If we can help you with something, we will. If there’s any service we can provide you, we will,” said Kyle Newhard, office manager.
Bartholomew’s pre-planning services can help you become more financially and emotionally prepared before you or a loved one passes away. Many people may find it a bit morbid to plan ahead for their or their loved one’s death, but in reality, that preparation can be very beneficial.
By planning your funeral ahead of time, you can make your loved one’s grieving process much easier by taking away an extra burden. Also, by planning and paying for funeral arrangements ahead of time, you protect yourself and your loved ones from rising costs – your funeral costs are locked in at the time you make payments. You can stop in anytime to speak with a pre-planning consultant or fill out a pre-arrangements form on Bartholomew’s website.
When it comes to end-of-life services, people have two main options: burial or cremation. However, Bartholomew can work with almost any religious or non-religious background and can accommodate all kinds of special arrangements whether it’s having a funeral service along with a cremation or just having a straight burial without a service. It’s all up to you and your needs.
“Everybody's unique; every individual has their own wants and needs. We want to be able to do whatever it is you need done because you need that closure, and that satisfaction in knowing that your loved one or your family member or friend was able to be professionally taken care of in their last moments with us,” said Newhard.
When it comes to funeral arrangements, Bartholomew provides services free of charge for infants ages one and under. The only costs a family will have is if they purchase merchandise or if Bartholomew provides cash advance services, such as paying the newspaper obituary for the family so they don’t have to deal with the paper directly themselves.
The team at Bartholomew knows that loss can be difficult and can have a huge impact on our well-being. Sometimes having someone listen is the best medicine, and that’s why they are always there to listen to whatever’s going through your mind. In some cases, you may need more than just an ear, and that’s okay too. Bartholomew can help you get in touch with the people who can best support you.
“You're more than welcome to talk to us–we've been doing this for a long time, and we've experienced all sorts of situations. If you're here and you just want to sit down and talk to us, we're more than happy to talk with you. If you just want to rant about things, we're here to talk to you. If you think you really need some help with something, we can reach out to psychologists and counselors and churches that have support services so they can help you. We're more than happy to hook you up with whoever is going to be able to help,” said Newhard.
Bartholomew also provides many services for veterans. They can help families file for any veterans benefits they’re able to receive, and they can arrange for a Military Funeral Honors ceremony. What people might not know, however, is that they can help arrange for veterans to be arranged in national cemeteries if that is what the family would like. Any honorably discharged veteran is eligible to be buried in a national cemetery, and Bartholomew can help make that happen.
Bartholomew also offers plenty of other services you might not know about. They can file your life insurance for you so you don’t have to deal with the hassle yourself, they can write an obituary for you and publish it on their website for free so you can take it and share it wherever you’d like, they can provide transportation for the deceased if they passed away from where they’d like to be buried, and they can help you get in contact with local florists. The list is endless.
Most importantly, though, Bartholomew’s team is always there to support you and help you in any way they can. They offer all these services and options in the hope that it makes one of the most difficult times in your life a bit better.
“It's important that people know you have options. You're not going to be pressured into anything. You need to do what's best for you and what you're comfortable with. We’ll sit down with you and walk you through it because we just want to try to make things as easy for you as possible so that you don't get overwhelmed at a time when you're probably very overwhelmed,” said Newhard.
To learn more about Bartholomew Funeral Home and the many services it offers, visit bartholomewnewhard.com.