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Reviewing a funeral home? This is a first for me. But, it is needed.
My family has always had a lake place on Shawnee Bend, and my grandparents retired there. My grandpa got sick and passed away - which then forced us to do what most people don't want to do. ...arrange a funeral. We went through this with my wife's family two years ago in KC. It wasn't the best experience there. I won't name the place. But here at the Lake, and maybe it's the relaxed vibe, but it was a totally different ballgame.

It's weird when a black vehicle pulls up and a stranger comes into your house to get your grandpa. Two guys came and one introduced himself and said he was the owner or owner's son. I can't remember. He was probably 30's and sat down with us and talked. That made a world of difference to my grandmother. She was so nervous. At one point, he even asked the hospice nurse to take grandma's blood pressure, which we thought was different. A minute later, the nurse looked alarmed, it was through the roof and she needed some meds, because she has problems with her bp.

I don't know why he surprised me so much, but it's like 3 a.m. wasn't even an inconvenience. And noticing grandma didn't seem well and asking the nurse to look at her - that's pretty cool. He was helpful in telling us next steps, what to expect at the arrangement meeting and even confirmed with us before he left that we could call him 24/7. My wife's face was priceless. She asked where these people were two years ago. Not in KC.

We met with a younger woman (I think the guy's sister if I recall correctly) to arrange the funeral. Again, it was really easy. We talked with them at the service and they said they grew up in the business. It is clearly natural for them. The service was wonderful. They did a video for grandpa and it had an awesome Army theme to it. We buried him in the cemetery behind their funeral home. It's not like the cemetery in KC where all the headstones are flat. It's cool...for a cemetery. It reminds me of grandpa and the Lake with the big trees and seclusion.

I drove by there recently to put out a flag and didn't even recognize the place. It's all redone outside. The only weird thing to me is that it looks somewhat like the neighbor's house at my grandma's. But, that house is brand new and gorgeous, so I guess it's a good thing. It's a nice place, very clean and it looks very nice. But most of all, I was impressed by the people. It seemed we got the whole package, and grandma said the prices were very reasonable. She said all of her friends and neighbors that have gone through this used them.

Note - Cemeteries aren't scary places. But, when you decide to pick up flowers to put on a grave and barely make it to the lake before dark, then go to the cemetery, watch out for deer in there. My wife ran screaming because three deer (that we didn't originally see) went running by us as we were walking. There were also deer on the day of gramp's funeral. It's cool, but also startling. Now you know!

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Reviewing a funeral home? This is a first for me. But, it is needed.
My family has always had a lake place on Shawnee Bend, and my grandparents retired there. My grandpa got sick and passed away - which then forced us to do what most people don't want to do. ...arrange a funeral. We went through this with my wife's family two years ago in KC. It wasn't the best experience there. I won't name the place. But here at the Lake, and maybe it's the relaxed vibe, but it was a totally different ballgame.

It's weird when a black vehicle pulls up and a stranger comes into your house to get your grandpa. Two guys came and one introduced himself and said he was the owner or owner's son. I can't remember. He was probably 30's and sat down with us and talked. That made a world of difference to my grandmother. She was so nervous. At one point, he even asked the hospice nurse to take grandma's blood pressure, which we thought was different. A minute later, the nurse looked alarmed, it was through the roof and she needed some meds, because she has problems with her bp.

I don't know why he surprised me so much, but it's like 3 a.m. wasn't even an inconvenience. And noticing grandma didn't seem well and asking the nurse to look at her - that's pretty cool. He was helpful in telling us next steps, what to expect at the arrangement meeting and even confirmed with us before he left that we could call him 24/7. My wife's face was priceless. She asked where these people were two years ago. Not in KC.

We met with a younger woman (I think the guy's sister if I recall correctly) to arrange the funeral. Again, it was really easy. We talked with them at the service and they said they grew up in the business. It is clearly natural for them. The service was wonderful. They did a video for grandpa and it had an awesome Army theme to it. We buried him in the cemetery behind their funeral home. It's not like the cemetery in KC where all the headstones are flat. It's cool...for a cemetery. It reminds me of grandpa and the Lake with the big trees and seclusion.

I drove by there recently to put out a flag and didn't even recognize the place. It's all redone outside. The only weird thing to me is that it looks somewhat like the neighbor's house at my grandma's. But, that house is brand new and gorgeous, so I guess it's a good thing. It's a nice place, very clean and it looks very nice. But most of all, I was impressed by the people. It seemed we got the whole package, and grandma said the prices were very reasonable. She said all of her friends and neighbors that have gone through this used them.

Note - Cemeteries aren't scary places. But, when you decide to pick up flowers to put on a grave and barely make it to the lake before dark, then go to the cemetery, watch out for deer in there. My wife ran screaming because three deer (that we didn't originally see) went running by us as we were walking. There were also deer on the day of gramp's funeral. It's cool, but also startling. Now you know!

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