Funerals. Nobody wants to talk about them, but they’re something that anyone who knows and loves another human being and lives long enough, will experience. You’re living a, hopefully, long and productive life, gathering information and unique experiences, loving and learning all along, and then…you stop. The wisdom and what mysteries you may have unraveled had you lived longer, all gone. It’s the kink in the universe and what’s very wrong with the world. But, you leave behind beautiful memories, lessons, and your love.
One of the most interesting things I’ve ever done was to visit a funeral home and have myself "prearranged". That’s when you make all you arrangements for your funeral and outline everything you want. And DON’T want! It’s a very good thing to do for two reasons: If you want ANY say/control in what happens to you after you’ve left the building, here’s your chance. Not only does it make everything clear/easy for your family, but, Reason #2, it’s all paid for, so they don’t have to think about that, either. What a wonderful gift of love.
Over the years, I’ve received several calls from people planning their own funerals. And they wanted to specify in their prearrangements that they want to release doves at their funeral. I’ve had some lovely conversations with these people…very interesting. They ask such good questions about the doves and I tell them that I love going to weddings and grand openings, but I think the doves serve their most beneficial purpose at funerals and celebrations of life. It’s true. It’s that tangible letting go and a thing of great beauty at a difficult time.
Here’s a list of funeral homes in the Sacramento area that participate in "pre-need" programs. "Pre-need" means before you need it, of course. "At need"…you don’t get to play…it becomes your family’s responsibility.
Morgan Jones Funeral Home, (916) 452-4444, www.morganjonesfuneralhome.com
W. F. Gormley & Sons, (916) 443-6513, www.gormleyandsons.com
Thompson Funeral Home, (916) 455-3038, www.thompsonfuneralhomeinc.com
Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes, (916) 922-5833, www.lifemarkgroup.com
Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger, (916) 451-7284, www.nicoletticuljisherbergerfunerals.com
Lombard & Company Funeral Directors, (916) 483-3297, www.lombardcofuneraldirectors.com
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and Mortuary, (916) 732-2031
East Lawn Memorial Park, 43rd and Folsom Blvd., 732-2000, www.eastlawn.com
Chapel of Flowers, George L. Klumpp, (916) 443-7917, www.klumppsfuneralhome.com
Sacramento Funeral Chapel, (916) 391-8069, www.sfchapel.com
Nightingale-Gilmore Funeral Chapel, 925-3549
Russ Monroe’s Funeral Chapel, (916) 961-1265, www.russmonroes.com
Sierra View Funeral Chapel, (916) 481-1515, www.sierraviewfuneralchapel.com
River Cities Funeral Chapel, 371-4535, www.rivercitiesfuneralchapel.com
North Sacramento Funeral Home, 922-9668, www.northsacfuneralhome.com
Herberger’s Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, (916) 686-1888, www.elkgrovechapel.com
Lambert Funeral Home, 783-0474
Price Funeral Chapel, 725-2109, www.pricefuneralchapel.com
Lind Brothers Mortuary, 482-8080, www.lindbrotherssacramento.com
Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 969-1251
Miller Funeral Home, 985-2295, www.millerfuneralhomefolsom.net
Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Home, (530) 758-5500, www.wiscombefuneral.com
McNary’s Chapel, (530) 662-5411, Woodland
Reichert’s Funeral & Cremation Services, 729-2229, www.reichertsfuneral.com
Rocklin Whitney Funeral Chapel, (916) 630-1010, www.brwfc.com
Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, (916) 791-2273, www.heritageoaksmc.com
Green Valley Mortuary, (530) 677-7171, www.greenvalleymortuary.com
The Dove Lady wants you to know there’s also a place for your furry and/or feathered or other non-human members of your family. Sierra Hills Pet Cemetery is a beautiful final resting place for your critters. We lost our two kitties, Chloe and Lulu, each at age 18, a year apart, five and six years ago. We still feel the loss. The folks at Sierra Hills were caring and compassionate. We had them cremated and I felt they were treated with no less dignity than they would my human family. Tell ‘em The Dove Lady sent you.