Grand Rapids:

Our Services

You Have Choices.

It is important that families choose the right kind of final arrangement they feel is most meaningful and appropriate for their loved one. We will help you understand and make the right decision at Gerst Funeral Home.

Earth Burial​

Interment or earth burial is the most common. Most families feel comfortable with the idea of a final resting place where entire families can be buried together, and at a place other family members can visit. Cemeteries vary and have different requirements in receptacles and markers used.


We allow and encourage the family to construct picture boards of an individual’s life story and bring in important personal items that carry meaning. We also offer customized engraving and appliques on certain products, and we can create a tribute video to display at the service as well.


The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can’t be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the deceased's life as well.


Like burial, entombment offers a fixed, final resting place. When a body is entombed, the casket is placed in a mausoleum, an aboveground structure usually made of marble or stone. Mausoleums vary significantly in size and design. Some are large enough for entire families, with room for each person’s casket.

Out of Area Protection

Out of Area protection is the last thing you would ever plan during a vacation. Still, the financial and logistical burden of dealing with a death away from home can be staggering.


As Americans, we are grateful for the brave veterans who serve our country, and know they deserve to be distinctively honored after their passing. At Gerst, we know that such a service may look different from family to family, and we want to be here to provide you with the information and resources you need to honor your veteran with the service they deserve.