A Day in the Life of a Funeral Director

What does it take to be a funeral director? There is no other job like a funeral director. In celebration of National Funeral Director and Morticians Recognition Day on March 11th, we would like to honor what funeral directors do for us. You don’t want just anyone to care for your loved one when they […]

O’Connell Family Funeral Homes merge St. Croix and Pierce County locations to better serve local communities

To better accommodate Western Wisconsin communities, specifically Pierce County, as well as to offer a complete range of grief services, the locally owned and operated O’Connell Family Funeral Homes are merging their St. Croix and Pierce County locations in Hudson, Baldwin, Ellsworth, Prescott, and River Falls. The Pierce County funeral homes, previously owned by Tom […]

The Final Say – Writing Your Own Obituary

Today, it’s not unusual for obituaries to go viral. The reasons are often the tone (poignant to acerbic), length (War & Peace-type tomes to extreme brevity), or content (move-you-to-tears recollections to the airing of family grievances). Which begs the question: who is responsible for penning the sensational piece? Was it the deceased themselves or a […]

The Holidays Can Be A Grief Trigger – Ways To Cope

Grief is oblivious. It doesn’t acknowledge the date, time, year, or place. It is not mindful of your feelings or circumstances. Unfortunately, around holidays, grief’s presence can surge strongly. Whether you are experiencing the holidays for the first time without a loved one, or it has been many years, you and your family may find […]

Your Digital Legacy: Passwords Need A Plan

It’s natural for people to instinctually shy away from afterlife planning. If they do give it a go, the focus tends to be wills, estate plans, and end-of-life directives. That’s a good start, but according to Legacy Concierge, a personal information storage company, the average person under the age of 70 has more than 160 […]

How to help a grieving friend, as well as what is NOT helpful

Learn things you can apply immediately. In today’s episode, Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, joins us to discuss how to help a grieving friend. What’s helpful. What’s not. How shifting your view could help you, as well as someone grieving the loss of a loved one. Links mentioned in […]

How Positive Affirmations Can Help The Grieving Process

Losing a loved one is one of the most significant and stressful life events that all humans must experience. Navigating grief will be different for each person but it can be really helpful to validate the sadness before trying to move through it. Affirmations are a helpful tool for dealing with intense feelings of 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 […]