At Anderson-Goodale, We are Singularly Focused on the Families We Serve.
Visitations, Funerals, Disposition of Remains, Selection of Merchandise, and dozens and dozens of additional details, from legal to practical, can overwhelm any family. Add to the equation that the family is hurting, trying to heal from the loss of a loved one; a void that simply cannot be filled. Add one more element to this scenario. All of these stages of planning, coping, decision making and intense mourning are occurring over a matter of 5 or 6 days.
It’s why Richard Anderson and the professional staff at Anderson-Goodale Memorial Homes understand the first human emotion to bring to the process is “Compassion”. Within the career ministry of being a Funeral Director, you meet many families, often even several per week, who have suffered loss. What is never lost on the Anderson family and staff, is that every one of those families is profoundly affected by their personal and unique loss. So, every service is personal and unique to the family both mourning and celebrating the life of their loved one. It means the mindset of the professionals must be “Every family you’re currently serving needs to be the most important priority at that moment, in their time of need”. At Anderson-Goodale Funeral Homes, they are. And always will be. In the philosophy of Owner and Funeral Director Rich Anderson. “The answer needs to be ‘yes’ to anything we have any control over” states Rich, adding “Obviously, there may be exceptions and something we simply may not be able to do, but within reason and the realm of this profession, we can accomplish most of the requests our families ask of us.” So much so, the policy is comprehensive; We do everything we can for every family we are honored to serve.
We don’t compromise on that policy. Especially when you’ve suffered a loss.
It’s becoming more and more commonplace for Financial Planners and Insurance Advisors to discuss Pre-Need Funeral Planning with clients as a routine part of their personal portfolio planning. Aside from being a very practical measure to ensure you have not placed any unforeseen financial burden on your spouse, siblings, children or other surviving family members; it is a kind gesture in a way you might not imagine at first.
Be it prayer choices, song choices, clothing preference, merchandise options, etc. All these decisions, big or small, can be difficult to make if your wishes aren’t clear to your loved ones. Those conversations may seem uncomfortable for people, but surviving loved ones nearly always wish they had the information, so as to be absolutely certain they are honoring the wishes of a loved one who has passed on.
More often than not, families who come in when Pre-planning documents are on file, experience the greater peace, ease and comfort in the process and decide to Pre-arrange for themselves.
The first step is as easy as contacting us for a no obligation consultation of the process. It’s a conversation you’ll be glad you had.
The Anderson Family of Anderson-Goodale Memorial Homes feel a strong commitment to Veterans in their communities and every community. We serve veterans from literally all over the region. Our nearby communities of Crest Hill, Plainfield, Romeoville and Lockport are home to many, many veterans and service families.
Veterans Burial benefits are “Earned Benefits” that entitle every man or woman who has served in the military very specific and valuable services and benefits upon their death. Those benefits extend to a spouse and even a dependent child of a Veteran.
With Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery just down the road from us, it’s even more of a convenience for Veteran Families. Veterans may be buried or entombed there at no charge in remembrance of their loyal service to their country. There is a Columbarium for final disposition of Cremation Urns as well. Services at the cemetery can receive the 21-gun salute (the funeral home must request military honors from the branch of service).
All of these services can come with full military honors, most likely performed by the branch of the service your loved one served in. We provide American Flags for both caskets and urns. The military presence includes the playing of Taps, a presentation of the flag to the next of kin, and a gravestone for the grave site of the Veteran. All cemetery burial expenses are covered at a National Cemetery, saving survivors a significant funeral expense. Please keep in mind that there are benefits available at other selected family cemeteries (i.e. Flag, Taps playing by active Service members, Flag presentation to family, and gravestone), but only at a National Cemetery will full cemetery burial or entombment expenses be covered completely.
Every Veteran understands the importance of their DD-214 documentation. If this has been lost or misplaced, we can help you replace it. Having these documents in a safe place, and even on file at Anderson-Goodale Memorial Homes ensures much efficiency by seeing to it that full benefits are passed along to every hero who has served our nation in the military. Anderson-Goodale Memorial Homes have years of experience in helping Veterans, Spouses and Dependent family members achieve their full measure of benefits for their service. Whether these arrangements are done in Pre-Planning, which is a very strong recommendation for Veterans, or At-Need; we will see to it that we ensure your Veterans receive the full and respectful treatment they have earned, with our greatest gratitude and esteem. If the need for funeral services should arise, or we can be of any assistance answering any questions you may have, we’re here to help you in Crest Hill/Plainfield, Romeoville, Lockport or any of our neighboring communities Call us @ 815-577-5250. Or email us @ http://www.anderson-goodale.com/contact/contact-us
The worst kept secret in Illinois may have been the idea that there were returning to the mandates of masks, distancing, and frequent disinfecting. Frankly, we haven’t gone away from those things too much, and we’ve followed our families’ directions on how they felt about masking and distance in the interim. We reopened our kitchen (lounge), and it remains open. The moments away from the chapel to get a short break or have a conversation with a person you may not have seen for years, or the need for a bit of refreshment to maintain physical, mental and spiritual strength, are all vital in this process. We learned just how vital it was when it was taken away from us to offer families. It’s allowed, and this area is open for your use. If our house is your house in your time of need, that includes the kitchen. Also, continue to feel free to bring pictures and personal effects of your loved one. It personalizes the service immensely and honors them. We only have one chance to really say farewell in the most meaningful way we can. At Anderson-Goodale, we wish for you to do this the best way possible.
Our Grandhaven and Carillon Lakes communities have Expos coming up, so mark your calendars…
September 16th Grandhaven Expo 3-5pm
October 29th Fall expo at Carillon Lakes from 9-12
If the need should arise, or we can be of any assistance in pre-planning or answering any questions you may have, we’re here to help you in Crest Hill/Plainfield, Romeoville, Lockport or any of our neighboring communities Call us @ 815-577-5250. Or email us @ https://www.anderson-goodale.com/ We’re here for you!