The nature of the traditional funeral has changed, and we at John E. Stephens Chapel strive to be at the forefront of those changes. Families today are looking for more--more personal involvement in planning and arranging, more unique and memorable services, and more budget-friendly options.

You may be surprised to learn how easy it is to create a memorable tribute to your loved one that showcases his or her uniqueness and life achievements, reflects family traditions and values, and provides a safe place for friends, relatives and colleagues to come together and share memories.

Personal Effects
The simplest way to personalize a visitation, funeral or memorial ceremony is to incorporate a variety of personal items that reflect your loved one's hobbies, interests, relationships and friends. For the sports fanatic, adorning the funeral home with memorabilia of a favorite team is a great place to start. For the gardener, pots of his or her favorite blooms could be displayed. We may also be able to play your loved one's favorite albums and display photographs in the funeral home.

Inspirational Rituals
A release of white doves, butterflies, or even balloons is an uplifting way to close any funeral or memorial service. We can help you arrange this service with a local company.

Riding in Style
What better way to send off your loved one than in their preferred mode of transportation? We can help you arrange a motorcycle escort, horse-drawn funeral coach, or we can even involve the local fire department to lead the funeral procession.

Honoring the Veteran
It is the duty of our funeral home and our community to honor those who have served in the military. We can coordinate full military honors and committal in a national cemetery, as well as provide a variety of veteran's-themed merchandise to represent your loved one's military career.

The Comforts of Home
Family and friends have always enjoyed coming together to share meals and memories after funeral services. Having a gathering in your home provides a safe and welcoming environment for guests. We can help arrange catering services to come to your home. Alternatively, we can help you arrange a special commemorative ceremony at the venue of your choice--a reception hall, a local park, or even a sporting event. These types of gatherings can be informal and relaxed, providing an excellent way to share memories and build new traditions.

Carrying On the Tradition
Memorial services do not have to end after just one event. To commemorate your loved one, you may host an annual memorial service or even an annual fundraiser. Annual events keep the memories alive long after a loved one's passing by allowing survivors to come together, involve the community at large, and contribute to a loved one's favorite charity or community activity.

The Next Level of Memorialization
When it comes to creating a lasting tribute, the possibilities truly are endless. We know that everyone's needs are different, and even members of the same family need different ways to discover meaning and begin the healing process. We invite our families to use their imaginations, and will work tirelessly to accommodate each and every request.