Visitors to our shop tend to fall into two broad categories: the pre-planners, and the bereaved. The pre-planners come in to browse, to explore their options, and then to design exactly what they want in a memorial. They are generally cheerful and curious, and often enjoy the creative process. The bereaved, on the other hand, come to us out of need. They are emotionally drained, occasionally even numb, and are faced with the task of trying to imagine what their loved one would have picked out, “if only.” They are often caught between fiscal responsibility and impulse to show their grief with a dramatic purchase. Our hearts go out to them.
We recently were invited to take part in “Funeral Preplanning 101,” an event hosted by Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It was a lovely event, with door prizes and a wide assortment of knowledgeable vendors ready to talk visitors through the various steps of pre-planning. We had the privilege of talking to a number of people about their future plans and considerations, and suggest ways they could lighten the burden on their family at the time of their passing.
Whether you attend a similar event or just stop by our shop with your questions, preplanning your funeral may be the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones. At Sheboygan Monument & Stone Works, we pledge to do our very best to assist your needs, whatever they may be, with sensitivity and care. We are here to help.