How is Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home different?
At Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home 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 Resthaven funeral director in the privacy and comfort of your own home, or at our Baton Rouge 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.
The staff at Resthaven Garden of Memories are the most friendly and compassionate group of people you would have the pleasure of working with during your time before and after a loss. We started working with them over 3 years ago in the preplanning stages of our funerals. And now at the time of the passing of my husband they were there for my every need on that special day and continue to be at this time. A special thanks to Britt and Karen that made a dreaded situation into a memorable time for all of our family and friends. Thanks again to everyone else that was involved.
Shanna Bryant was most attentive to our needs. Always right by my side making sure I was completely satisfied with everything. During the course of the evening she would check my mother to make sure her hair and clothes were still perfect. When my father and I went back to pick out her marker Mr Jack was so helpful, showing us all the different options, he was so patient, never rushing us into a decision. We are pleased with every service from the time they picked my mother's body up at the nursing home to the final good-bye.
On behalf of my family, we would like to thank the Resthaven team for all their love and support through this very tough time. We appreciate how they treated our family.
You were so nice to my family and I during our sad time. Thank you for being so helpful.
I just want to thank you for the wonderful care you took preparing my mother's body for viewing. You did a beautiful job. I also want to thank those who were the pallbearers and the cemetery staff who was so helpful especially Carla. Thanks for everything you did.