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 […]

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 we can choose where our body is going to be used for, etc.  Please share this with a friend that you think would benefit from it. 

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 […]

Hospice care and end of life decisions with Kate Garza, a social worker at Moments Hospice

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast where we talk to our guest Kate Garza, social worker at Moments Hospice, about the specifics regarding hospice care. Resources mentioned in this podcast: 12 questions for the holidays (free PDF): 5-days of grief & the holidays (free meditation video series): Moments Hospice – (763)-205-3600 Moments Hospice serves […]

Honoring all lives lost to overdose

Losing a loved one to addiction and overdose hurts terribly. It leaves us with many questions, but not many answers. However, coming together with family and friends to honor the life of a loved one, share stories and support one another can help us begin the grief journey. O’Connell Family Funeral Homes can gently guide […]

A Message to the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has been more than just an inconvenience – it has limited your options for gathering to mourn, reflect and say goodbye. During this challenging time, there is one constant. O’Connell Family Funeral Homes is here, to help you, […]

Coronavirus: Stay safe and healthy

O’Connell Family Funeral Homes are preparing for Coronavirus The Coronavirus has overwhelmingly engrossed our lives. It’s hard to miss it. Wherever you go, it’s the center of the conversation. A few weeks ago we joked about it. People joked that it was merely a hangover from too much Corona. But the humor in it is […]

Distracted driving affects us all

Life can change in a matter of a second. Just ask Tom and Wendy Goeltz of Hudson. On February 29th, 2016, their young, beautiful and full of life daughter, Megan Goeltz was tragically killed in an auto accident. To make matters worse, it could have and should have been prevented. Distracted driving due to a cell […]

You’re grounded. No electronics for a couple of days!

Do the winter months have you in a funk? Do the cold mornings feel cold to your core? Does it seem like the sun rarely is out? I’m not a meteorologist, nor am I a magician who can change the weather. Rather, I’m a realist and mortician who spends most of my day dealing with […]

2019, a year to remember and what’s up for 2020

As I wrap up the year at O’Connell’s, it brings so many feelings, both positive and those not so positive. First, I will be forever amazed at the love and genuine support of the community.  March 2, my life changed as my mentor, idol, and Dad died. He was given a righteous send off, thanks […]

Helpful advice for grieving during the Holiday season

Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging. Mental and physical preparation are your best tools for managing the feelings that may accompany holidays. While family members, particularly children, may want things to be as they’ve […]