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Flowers for funerals – new podcast!

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast, where we talk to Shelli Erck, from Hudson Flower Shop, about the history behind the use of funeral flowers, their significance in funeral services, things we should consider when picking flowers, and many other interesting topics.       Hudson Flower Shop      

Pre-planning a funeral: what to know

Many people approach the subject of funeral pre-planning with hesitation and apprehension. Raising the topic of your own death or that of a loved one can be extremely uncomfortable. While it’s tempting to put off funeral planning until it’s absolutely necessary, doing so early is a wonderful opportunity to relieve future stress from your loved […]

A bucket list PDF download for you

When it comes to our health and wellness, sometimes we get stuck in a routine that might not always be the best for us. We care about you and want you to make healthy choices, so we put together a bucket list of ideas for you to inspire you. 1. Download the PDF 2. Print […]

What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be? Most of the time, legacies are thought of positively. The CEO that left her family millions or the grandfather that donated his farmland to a park. Sadly, legacies can be far from positive. What about that neighbor who was always yelling with a scowl on his face? They didn’t set […]

Grief & the holidays meditation series

Thank you to everyone who joined us at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes for this guided meditation series, lead by Chantal Doriott of Mindful Way Coaching. We’d like to provide you with access to these resources throughout the month so you could do these meditations each day if you wish. Sadness during the holidays Easing Grief […]

Grief and the holidays, with Kathy Helgeson, certified funeral celebrant

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast where we talk to Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at OCFH, about the intricacies of dealing with grief over the holidays. Links mentioned in this podcast:   Meet Kathy https://oconnellfuneralhomes.com/about-us/kathleen-helgeson/   12 questions for the holidays https://bit.ly/12_Questions_PDF   6 needs of mourning – Alan Wolfelt https://www.funeralbasics.org/the-6-needs-of-mourning/   5-days […]

Paths to Peace Grief Support Group

“Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired, or eating when you are hungry… It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.” ~Doug Manning The death of someone we love changes our lives forever. And the movement from the “before” to the “after” is almost always a long, painful […]

Thank you for helping us celebrate Dad’s life

This month was very special and very difficult at the same time. We said goodbye to our patriarch, Thomas ‘Tucker’ O’Connell. After 91 years, his body was tired, his mind gave all it had, and he missed mom more than life. But it wasn’t until after the funeral and seeing the wonderful tribute, that I […]

Farewell Flag Ceremony offered by O’Connells

farewell flag ceremony

Farewell flag ceremony The O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, which includes our onsite Countryside Crematory, continues their veteran and United States flag honor with their Farewell Flag Act of Reverence. A meaningful and unique way to honor those who served Families of veterans are seeking meaningful and unique ways to create a lasting memorial tribute to their […]

Trees donated to Willow River Cemetery

Their memories live on! Kaila Fouks, the beloved daughter of Gary and Nancy Fouks of Hudson, died tragically in 2015 as a result of an auto accident. Kaila’s free spirit, infectious smile, and sweet nature touched the lives of those around her. She loved the outdoors and was active with animals and nature. Her grave is […]

4 reasons to pre-arrange a funeral

O’Connell Family Funeral Homes knows families have the best intentions when having to plan a funeral, but sometimes people have different opinions on what they think their loved ones might have wanted – thus causing conflict. Intense emotions, personality conflicts, and financial pressures to pay for services can bring additional stressors. Pre-arranging your funeral assures […]

How did they die?

What happened?

Imagine you’ve just gotten an important phone call from a friend that one of your favorite coworkers just died. You’re in disbelief. You just talked to them! What happened?? No one seems to know. It is a heartbreaking situation, and you don’t want to sound insensitive, but you want to know what happened. You check […]

Flowers for funerals – new podcast!

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast, where we talk to Shelli Erck, from Hudson Flower Shop, about the history behind the use of funeral flowers, their significance in

Pre-planning a funeral: what to know

Many people approach the subject of funeral pre-planning with hesitation and apprehension. Raising the topic of your own death or that of a loved one can be extremely uncomfortable.

New podcast! Funeral etiquette – What to wear, what to say…

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast, where we talk about the unspoken (but essential!) rules we should follow when we attend a visitation or funeral service.   Please share this

Should I donate my body to science? – new podcast

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast, where we talk about the specifics of body donation, such as the different types of body donation, how the process unfolds,  if

A bucket list PDF download for you

When it comes to our health and wellness, sometimes we get stuck in a routine that might not always be the best for us. We care about you and

What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be? Most of the time, legacies are thought of positively. The CEO that left her family millions or the grandfather that donated his farmland to

Grief & the holidays meditation series

Thank you to everyone who joined us at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes for this guided meditation series, lead by Chantal Doriott of Mindful Way Coaching. We’d like to provide

Grief and the holidays, with Kathy Helgeson, certified funeral celebrant

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast where we talk to Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at OCFH, about the intricacies of dealing with grief over the holidays. Links

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