Medical history authenticates that when a death occurs,
“a well arranged funeral contributes to the successful healing process of the bereaved.”
Primarily a funeral allows us:
· To come to terms with the reality of death.
· To share in the remembrance and memories of the life lived.
· To show mutual support to family and friends.
· To say goodbye
· To begin to make the transition from life before death to life after death.
Why the concept ‘home for funerals?
The concept allows us:
· To regenerate focus on the comforting attributes of the ‘home’ as the fortitude of family life.
· To create a special time for relatives and friends to gather, pay tribute and share memories after someone they loved has passed on.
· To envisage a place of refuge.
· To offer a ‘home setting ambiance’ dedicated to the provision of solace when a death occurs. * To offer the opportunity to reflect on the deceased’s humbleness, humility, meekness, gentleness, modesty, selflessness, submissiveness and unpretentiousness; and/or recollect any of their impressive personality characteristics.
· To offer the opportunity to receive or give support to the family when their challenged spiritually, emotionally and/or physically when a death occurs.
· To offer each parish a parochial and designated establishment to cater to their needs.
Where is St. George’s Home for Funerals located?
It is located at Carmichael House, Carmichael, St. George BB19135.
What is the ‘Home for Funerals’ concept?
It is a Concept which is designed to “Help Families” through their period of loss (crisis) when they are most vulnerable; with the emphasis on their vulnerability and our integrity.
How is the ‘Home for Funerals’ concept formulated to help families?
We help families by providing:
· The best advice in respect of Funeral Service decisions and functions.
· A service with compassion, professionalism and reliability to honour the family’s requests.
· Innovative fiscal applications beneficial to favourable final costs, specifically designed to soften the full impact of the ravages of current economic times.
· Options to reduce the financial impact of overall funeral costs when; (a) advance planning to meet funeral costs are not in place and/or (b) medical expenses may have depleted funds.
· The knowledge to help understand the ‘ins and outs’ of funeral business.
· Individual, realistic, justifiable pricing rather than the ‘Peter pay for all’ structured economies of scale that presently exist in the Barbadian funeral industry.
· Guidance to examine the negative and positive functions of Pre-arranged Funeral Services in order to protect your investment.
· An alternative to reduce and/or make more meaningful, the burden of ‘the reception or after burial celebration’ as it pertains to the modern funeral, by re-introducing the traditional ‘wake.’
· The knowledge to help you avoid establishments that sub-contract services (removal, embalming, cosmetic application, &/or viewing) which generally increases your costs.
· Introducing solutions to the challenges of restoring your ‘love ones’ to more recognisable features. Such as the challenges of; edema and/or intravenous fluid overload, emaciation (extreme loss of subcutaneous fat), eliminating extra charges for the preparation of high risk cases, and special treatment to facial discolourations due to hemolysis (staining caused by breakdown of hemoglobin in the arteries or veins).
Why the name ‘Home for Funerals?’
The establishment is purposeful affixed to be parochial because of the vision of its management. It is wished-for that as each parish community interrelates with the Home for Funerals concept, the establishments by extension will be better able to extend a measure of social responsibility in the community. We believe that within a reasonable period of operation, the establishments could clearly demonstrate its intentions:
· By merging with other business partners in the community to create an affordable and sustainable social support plan for the community.
· By identifying persons with the operational skills and networking in the community to assist in social activities (Sports, debates, talent programs, etc.)
· By seeking, setting goals and developing plans for the implementation of said social activities.
· By promoting and helping to provide the resources which may be limited on the implication of this program. However, as the vision catches on we would be better able to improve the well-being of the community.
· Each Home for Funerals Pledges:
· To provide an administrative staff that is infused with empathy and agape love.
· To be 100 % committed to the families who call upon us in their time of need.
· To set the precedent of implementing a process of continued care that is designed to fulfill the needs and exceed the expectations of the families we serve.
· To be a unified associate of the community.
· To be an important part of the healing process.
· To provide and sell products and services at realistic prices.
Contemporary Funeral Service perspectives:
A funeral doesn’t necessarily have to conform to tradition and “what my family always did . . .” but it should reflect their wants and needs. It should reflect the life of the deceased and it should provide healing to those left to deal with the loss. Every family and every situation is different. We believe in giving you what you want, and are morally open to any idea, no matter how different you may think it is. After thirty-four years in the business, we may welcome a surprise. The Home for Funerals Concept may be thought of as a revolutionary enterprise. Analytically, But it is nothing new, just a visitation of ‘good old time’ traditions that worked well, repackaged to suit our times.