Obituaries

Helen Jones
B: 1949-01-03
D: 2017-02-09
View Details
Jones, Helen
Gertrude Calmese
B: 1926-10-13
D: 2017-02-03
View Details
Calmese, Gertrude
Clinnie Montgomery
B: 1912-02-06
D: 2017-02-01
View Details
Montgomery, Clinnie
Hazel Lewis
B: 1933-11-06
D: 2017-01-31
View Details
Lewis, Hazel
Jam'' Crawford
D: 2017-01-30
View Details
Crawford, Jam''
Jefferson Parker, Jr.
B: 1934-06-04
D: 2017-01-25
View Details
Parker, Jr., Jefferson
Lee Walker
B: 1935-05-03
D: 2017-01-23
View Details
Walker, Lee
Mawazo Eyochi
B: 1943-01-01
D: 2017-01-19
View Details
Eyochi, Mawazo
Deon'dre Norman
B: 1992-04-06
D: 2017-01-15
View Details
Norman, Deon'dre
Lisa Williams
B: 1975-10-02
D: 2017-01-14
View Details
Williams, Lisa
Debra Ivery
B: 1959-03-19
D: 2017-01-12
View Details
Ivery, Debra
Allen Love
B: 1932-09-17
D: 2017-01-04
View Details
Love, Allen
Allie Jones
B: 1958-09-10
D: 2017-01-04
View Details
Jones, Allie
Lucinda Alexander
B: 1933-05-06
D: 2017-01-01
View Details
Alexander, Lucinda
Rezia Barnett
B: 1978-07-02
D: 2017-01-01
View Details
Barnett, Rezia
Dorothy Mosley
B: 1957-02-10
D: 2016-12-31
View Details
Mosley, Dorothy
Leon Lewis
B: 1961-08-26
D: 2016-12-30
View Details
Lewis, Leon
Lonnie Peterson
B: 1945-05-02
D: 2016-12-30
View Details
Peterson, Lonnie
Terrell Hill
B: 1975-02-17
D: 2016-12-29
View Details
Hill, Terrell
Robert Tucker
B: 1938-06-14
D: 2016-12-27
View Details
Tucker, Robert
Wilhelmina Daniels
B: 1931-07-16
D: 2016-12-26
View Details
Daniels, Wilhelmina

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1865 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-241-5665
Fax: 616-241-5247

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

A gift to your family, sparing them hard decisions at an emotional time.

Order Flowers

Offer a gift of comfort and beauty to a family suffering from loss.

The Nature and Purpose of Grief

Someone once said, "Grief is reaching out for someone who's always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they're gone." We think there is a lot of truth in those words.

The death of a loved one is life's most painful event. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most "off-limits" topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers feel totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.

Grief is a natural emotion that follows death of someone dear to you; and to one degree or another, it hurts. It is like an open wound which must heal.

At times, it can seem as if this healing will never happen. But, sometimes the healing process can take much less time than we have been led to believe. Grieving is purely an individual experience.

But It Does Have a Purpose

The ultimate goal of grief and mourning is to take you beyond your initial reactions to the loss. The therapeutic purpose of grief and mourning is to get you to the place where you can live with the loss in a healthy way. To do this, you have to make some necessary changes in your life, including:

1. Changing your relationship with your loved one—recognizing he or she is now gone and developing new ways of relating to him or her. Take comfort in knowing your relationship will continue - it will just be different.

2. Developing a new sense of yourself to reflect the many changes that occurred when you lost your loved one.

3. Taking on physically and mentally healthy new ways of being in the world without your loved one.

4. Finding new people, objects or pursuits in which to put the emotional investment that you once placed in your relationship with the deceased.

The bottom line of this active work of grief and mourning is to help you recognize that your loved one is gone. Then you must make the necessary internal, psychological changes, as well as the necessary external, social changes, to accommodate this reality. And it all takes time.

If you would like additional grief support, please call us. We are here to help you through all the moments after loss.