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9 Essential Items You Need to Plan a Funeral

essential items for planning a funeral

When a loved one passes, we understand the hardships that come at family members from all angles. At Gerst Funeral Home, we have been supporting families in the Grand Rapids area since 1885. Our utmost goal is to walk with families through each and every step of the funeral planning process. We aim to help […]

3 Ways to Honor Your Loved Ones

3 Ways to Honor Your Loved Ones

Celebrating the life of a loved one can come in many forms. Many people choose to have their loved ones cremated so they are able to keep them near and dear forever. Cremation planning helps you find a way to beautifully and uniquely honor your loved one’s and is an amazing way to pay homage […]

Top 5 Tips For Working Through Grief

Top 5 Tips For Working Through Grief

Losing a loved one or going through a period of grief can be a difficult time for many. Life is always hard after a tough loss, but there are many resources and programs available that can lift your spirits and set you back on the path to happiness and remembrance. There is a resource for […]

5 Ways To Brighten Someone’s Day

Brighten Someones Day

When you care about someone, it’s natural to want to help them feel their best. Your friends, family, coworkers, and other connections make up your supportive social network. There are many ways to make anyone’s life seem a little bit nicer. One simple act can turn around a bad day, or make a special event […]

The History Behind Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2021

Parades, picnics, 3-day weekends, grave flowers, official ‘national remembrance’ of our dead, the National Parade in Washington, DC —all mark the national holiday we know as Memorial Day; honoring our lost loved ones, particularly those who passed while protecting our freedoms in battle. We all know these facts—but there’s more you won’t read in history […]

How to Plan a Virtual Funeral

Virtual COVID Funeral

Saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult. COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed due to the virus have complicated this process. When you are faced with the many decisions and responsibilities surrounding funeral planning, it can be overwhelming. Technology is playing a role in ensuring that everyone can gather to honor loved ones, albeit virtually. […]

Tell Your Loved Ones How Much They Mean To You

Tell Your Loved Ones How Much They Mean To You Life has few guarantees, and we never know how much time we will have with the people who are most special to us. Make the most of your time and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. There’s no need to wait […]

Funeral Planning During COVID-19: What You Need To Consider

Planning a COVID Funeral

Now that COVID-19 has gripped the nation and limited travels around the globe, it’s not always easy to know what to do to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. In many areas of the country, public gatherings have been banned or discouraged, while practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible seem […]

5 Ways to Appreciate Loved Ones in 2021

5 Ways to Appreciate Loved Ones

Let’s face it. 2020 has been one of the toughest and most significant years on record, for both your health and your connections to those you love. Once the pandemic gripped the world, everything seemed to stop in its tracks and created a bubble of isolation, frustration, and needless deaths. Yet one thing is for […]

The Importance of Out of Area Protection

Gerst Out of Area Protection

The holiday season means many things for Americans, but one thing it always almost means is travel and vacation days. Although travel has been down ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started, Americans are slowly beginning to travel more. The numbers will be down this year, but there will still be millions of Americans travelling across […]