Remembering
  •         Eugenia  Maire  Aaring
  •         Helen  Anne  Baer
  •         Mary  Kay  Bakker
  •         Todd  William  Beaman
  •         Jerry  Bendel
  •         Marilyn  Rose  Bender
  •         Thomas  Hugh  Bennett
  •         Dorotha  Wilma  Bladine
  •         LeRoy  Charles  Blankenheim
  •         Bonita  Marie  Bogstie
  •         Amy  Kathleen  Browning
  •         Richard  G.  Bruno
  •         Louis  "Joe"  Coy
  •         Roger  Dalzell
  •         Clara  DeBardi
  •         Alberta  Louise  Duke
  •         Alla  Louise  Easterbrook
  •         Beatrice  Marie  Elm
  •         Arthur  Myrlin  Ferris
  •         Wayne  Edward  Fitzpatrick
  •         Catherine  Lynne  Fjerstad
  •         Austin  John  George
  •         Desa  P.  Gese
  •         Rosalie  Anne  Ginnett
  •         Harry  "Bill" W.  Hagen, Jr.
  •         LaVaun  H.  Hale
  •         Ronald  Eric  Hammill
  •         Sharon  Lynn  Harder
  •         Nicholas  Ryan  Harrison
  •         Catherine  Hazel  Henricks
  •         Catalina  Adriano  Hilo
  •         Sharon  Ann  Hovik
  •         R.  Brian  Jeter
  •         Lucy  M.  Johnson
  •         Mary  "Jane"  Keays
  •         James  Ernest  Kirk
  •         Josephine  Agnes  Kline
  •         Eric  Andrew  Klug
  •         Claudia  Ellen  Lazik
  •         Cecile  Jean  Londakos
  •         Timothy  Anthony  Lucum
  •         Alice  Josephine  Marks
  •         Maxine  Marie  Marshall
  •         Rowan  Francis  McDonnell-Keough
  •         Judy  D.  Mianecki
  •         Jason  Daniel  Michaelson
  •         John  Harold  Michaelson
  •         Edward  Theodore  Morriss
  •         Caroline  Neal
  •         Wayne  Paul  Nieman
  •         Steve  F.  Norman
  •         Harold  Martin  Olden
  •         Elmina  K.  Oppie
  •         Charlene  Marie  Robinson
  •         Paul  Cornell  Rothfus
  •         Clineene  Smith
  •         Daniel  James  Smith
  •         Lorna  Mae  Smith
  •         Marjorie  Lucille  Sorenson
  •         Walter  Joseph  Stolle
  •         Joan  Louise  Sundquist
  •         Johannes  Svasand
  •         Jason  Chad  Svendsen
  •         Timothy  Hurley  Sweeney
  •         P.  Anne  Taylor
  •         Lois  Corrine  Taylor
  •         Arnold  Timss
  •         Jean  Troyer
  •         Charles  Hamilton  Turner
  •         Octivia  Bethany  Tyson
  •         Matthew  Joseph  Ulrich
  •         Armin  Walde
  •         Minnie  Agnes  Webb
  •         John  Boyd  White
  •         Lise  Hastings  White
  •         Frances  Jean  Yocom
  • Funerals: The Personal Memorial

    Funerals have changed over time. The early settlers held at-home gatherings to mark the death of a family member. For later generations the funeral evolved to a much more ambitious event held in a church or funeral home. Funeral rites were strictly followed.

    Today, the funeral is much more broadly defined. Of course, it can be a strictly religious observance, or it can be a simple gathering of friends to informally share remembrances. The modern funeral can take many forms that bring great meaning to the experience. We are no longer constrained by a narrow definition.

    Funerals or memorial services can be held in a variety of places, such as churches, auditoriums, local restaurants, a private club, or the family home. No matter where they are held, they serve a common purpose. Funerals can help to:

    • Confront a painful loss in a healthy way.
    • Share the burden of grief and receive support from family and friends.
    • Acknowledge that the life of the deceased had purpose and meaning.
    • Say good-bye.
    • Prepare to move forward through the grief process and on to a healthy life.

    At Beck's Funeral Home we are committed to helping you make the choices that feel right for you. We'll do our best to be helpful and understanding of your personal needs. We'll carefully explain the choices you have available, and we'll see that your wishes are carried out.

    Remember, funerals are about healing and health.

    Why have a Funeral? Funerals as a cultural ritual contribute greatly to processing the pain of loss and help us move through the denial stage of the grieving process. A funeral is an undeniable acknowledgement that a death has occurred. In fact, not attending the funeral of a loved one because we wish to deny the death, or can't deal with the pain of acceptance can cause emotional trouble later on. Unresolved grief doesn't just go away.

    A funeral provides a place to experience the care and comfort of family and friends, to know we are not alone in our sorrow, and that our feelings of loss are shared by others. Funerals provide a symbolic opportunity to say good-bye to someone who was important to us, to mark the transition that bridges the person being physically in our lives to the person being remembered spiritually in our hearts.

    The actual form of the funeral has changed over time as our culture has evolved. It is no longer thought of as a dark and somber affair, but rather an event which reflects the customs, lifestyle and values of the person being remembered. It can take any form from a strictly religious observance to an informal celebration of a unique and well-lived life.

    Your Beck's funeral director will help you in selecting the type of funeral service which best suits your emotional as well as your financial needs.