While we are in the business of Honoring Life's Memories™ we want to provide a continuum of care for the families we serve. Since 2001, the services of a grief specialist, Bonnie Stachowski, LGSW, are extended to every family we serve. She places follow-up telephone calls to family members, just to see how they are doing. She continues follow-up on a regular basis during the first year, which may include in-person visits. She will also recommend resources for those needing continued support.
There are several services we provide, free of charge, to help you cope in the days and months ahead.
About a month after the funeral our grief specialist, Bonnie Stachowski, MSW, LSGW, makes contact with those we serve. She is a licensed social worker and hospice volunteer and she provides bereavement aftercare to the families we have served. She makes a telephone call and she can schedule a visit, too. Her purpose in calling is just to see how you are doing. She is calling to listen to you, so feel free to let her know if there is anything in particular that you are concerned or confused about. If there is another member of your family that you feel would benefit from a call from her, just let her know.
Since 1991 we have held "Light a Candle of Love", a Christmas Service of Remembrance. It is held on the first Sunday of December, except when that is Thanksgiving weekend, when it is moved to the following Sunday. Every person whose funeral or memorial service was arranged through us is recognized and a family member may light a candle in their memory. We have found that this service is more helpful to you after some time has passed, so those funerals that occur after November 1st are remembered at the service the next year. Each family receives one invitation, which we ask to have passed on to all of the family members.
Our weekly radio program, "Music & Memories" is broadcast every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. over KASM radio, 1150 AM in Albany. Each week we recognize those who died in the coming week of the previous year and include inspirational music. We also invite listeners to call or write to have their loved one remembered on the program.
Several local business sponsors collaborate with us to provide a book of scriptural lessons relating to grief and bereavement, entitled "Come Unto Me".
We are proud sponsors of Children's Grief Connection, formerly known as Camp Amanda-Minnesota, a nonprofit organization providing grief programs for children and teens in partnership with Minnesota's funeral directors. The mission of Children's Grief Connection is to bring hope and healing to Minnesota's grieving children. All of their programs and services are provided FREE of charge. The Hearts of Hope Camp (age 5-12) and Teen Retreat (age 13-18) are for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or significant person in their lives. If you know of a child that would benefit from attending these FREE camps, please contact us for more information.
As part of our commitment to Honoring Life's Memories, Patton-Schad will make a memorial donation of $20 for every family we serve during the year to Children's Grief Connection.