Veterans Have Earned Extra Care.

When Knollcrest is privileged to serve the families of Veterans, there is some extra care involved. Bob Van Staalduinen and the Knollcrest Family believe deeply that the sacrifices made by the young men and women who serve our country and place their lives on the line for the rest of us deserve some extra care. Veterans are entitled to a number of earned benefits from their service, and at Knollcrest, we see it as our responsibility to ensure every one of those benefits are made aware to Veterans and their families, and that we will carry out that responsibility in seeing they receive them.

Veterans are entitled to burial benefits at a National Cemetery. We have been blessed with Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in nearby Elwood, Illinois. where all burial expenses are free of charge for a Veteran and their spouse (and dependent children). They are also provided with a headstone marker, an American Flag and Military honors at their funeral, whether at a National Cemetery or other cemetery. A member of the Armed Services will attend and play “Taps” and present the American Flag to the family with the thanks of the President of the United States and a Grateful Nation.

Many Veterans are not aware of these benefits. We believe that the men and women who have worn or wear our nation’s uniform deserve all the extra care we can give them as a measure of sincerely thanking them for their service. It’s our honor to serve them.

For a full explanation and consultation on Veteran’s benefits or any funeral services, contact us at 630-932- 1500or  knollcrest@knollcrest.net

For any questions about services; at need, pre-planning, memorial services or cremation, please contact us at 630-932-1500 or http://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net

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Our Family Serving Yours at Knollcrest for Nearly 3 Decades

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly three decades since we decided to put everything we had into to creating Knollcrest Funeral Home”. Those are the words of Bob Van Staalduinen describing the very big step he and his wife Elaine took nearly 30 years ago. So, with their young children they moved into their home above the funeral home and began serving the communities of Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Downers Grove and beyond. Families within many faith communities come from near and far to celebrate the lives of their loved ones with the Knollcrest Family.

In those early years, Josh Van Staalduinen remembers his father moving furniture and preparing for families to make Knollcrest their home as they welcomed their families and friends to pay respect and honor to a beloved family member who passed. Now, Josh, Holly and other family members are very much a part of those preparations for families extending the same effort to make every family who chooses Knollcrest feel at home when they’re sending their loved one home. We’ve added and redecorated a lot over three decades, but the feeling of “home” is something that never changes. Nor has the feeling that we are privileged to serve our communities that have grown as quickly as our family has. We’re honored to be here for you.

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Our professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any services you may need or questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us for at-need or pre-planning services. Call630-932-1500 or visit us at http://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net.

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At Knollcrest, Children are welcome. In fact, they’re a big help.

Something we’ve learned over the years is that children grieve the loss of loved ones in their own way. We’ve also learned how important it is for them to experience how to process loss. In our strong desire to protect our children, we may inadvertently shelter them from something they truly need to comprehend.

Children do understand that a person they loved deeply may no longer be present and a part of their daily lives. They feel that loss immediately. They’re also very resilient and want to be part of the comfort process for others they love who have experienced the same loss. According to Becky Schrader, “It’s amazing how profound children are and how sensitive they are to the adults that they can see, hear and feel are experiencing sadness. Even the littlest children are sensitive to the grief of the people they love around them”. And they react. Just as one might expect. They can assure a family that things will be OK. They reteach the lessons they’ve been taught.

Becky has some advice. “While it may be uncomfortable to discuss death with children, it is important to understand that they are grieving too. Try to answer any questions accurately and honestly, at a level you believe they can understand. And don’t be afraid to simply say “I don’t know”. Try to listen and be empathetic without taking over their feelings, and be available for support as they express fears.

Knollcrest is a family funeral home. Bob and Elaine raised their children here, and we continue this tradition as a staff by sharing lunch together nearly every day. Our family dining and coffee area was designed with children in mind. We encourage families to bring items that make their children feel more comfortable. We have coloring books, crayons, games, toys, DVDs, and other child-friendly items to help occupy our little guests when they feel a need to shift their attention during the course of a service. Their presence is important; we want them to feel that they have a place here.

And if someone spills…So what.

Our professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any services you may need or questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us for at-need or pre-planning services. Call 630-932-1500 or visit us athttp://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net.

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Funeral Expenses Can Be Overwhelming.

Among all the other difficult emotions people face upon a loss of a family member, sometimes one of the greatest is the expense of the funeral services. Even Financial Planners have included this factor into planning portfolios as parents wish not to cause any undue burden on children or family members at their time of death. We’ve understood this at Knollcrest for a long time. Momentous expenses are always hard; college, weddings, moving to a new home, buying a new car; all of those are challenging, but many of them we prepare for over a longer period of time. The one expense we will all face, is some form of funeral expense at the end of our lives. At Knollcrest, we work closely with families to make this process as comforting as we can. From providing complimentary Pre-planning consultations, to assisting with processing insurance forms and providing all the necessary documentation, to helping complete the paperwork for Veterans to receive their earned death benefits. The legal process, insurance forms and everything else can be so daunting at a time when you’re experiencing deep loss. All that is something we’re committed to help with. We can offer more affordable choices and maintain a very dignified service. We will wait until insurance issues are resolved for our costs. The expenses should not be occupying the front of your mind when you’ve lost someone you love. We’re here to ensure celebrating the life of your loved one is seamless.

Our professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any services you may need or questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us for at-need or pre-planning services. Call 630-932-1500 or visit us at http://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net.

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Our Role as a Ministry and Inviting You into Our Home

“When my wife and I put everything we had into building this home, we did so knowing we wanted it to be a home for the families we served”. Those are the reflections of Knollcrest Funeral Home Founder and Director Bob Van Staalduinen when describing the mission he and his wife Elaine embarked upon nearly 30 years ago. In fact, the first family to live at the funeral home were Bob and Elaine’s. Ever since, parents, children or some portion of their family have lived there. So, this isn’t a building to the Knollcrest Family; it’s home. It’s a place full of love and compassion and very well suited to help other families who are grieving and celebrating the lives of people they loved dearly.

The entire staff at Knollcrest (we refer to our staff as our family!) is dedicated to assisting families in need, ministering to them at the very difficult time of loss. Every detail, large or small, is our priority. Our mission is to provide an environment where a family’s only concern is receiving their family, friends and guests and celebrating the life of their loved one and providing comfort to one another at a time of loss. We’ll handle all the details and have our home ready to serve as your home.

We also specialize in Pre-planning and Pre-need services with a complimentary consultation with no obligation.

Our professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any services you may need or questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us for at-need or pre-planning services. Call 630-932-1500 or visit us at http://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net.

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Selecting Merchandise can be overwhelming. It’s an opportunity to offer comfort.

An inevitable part of planning a funeral is selecting merchandise; caskets, vaults, urns, etc. This can be an overwhelming experience for a family who has just experienced a very profound loss. Because so many decisions must be made in a relatively short period of time, at Knollcrest Funeral Home we place a great emphasis on being especially sensitive and intuitive to families to offer whatever time and compassion they require before making very difficult decisions. “Mostly it’s about being there and ensuring that families understand all of the options they have. We’re here to provide information and understanding; not to sell any particular merchandise”, says Bob Van Staalduinen. What a family decides upon is entirely based upon their wishes and their comfort level.

Our families choose what is most suitable for their needs and their circumstances. Honoring a loved one starts with honoring the family members who are tasked with making these very difficult decisions in a short period of time. We’re here to help and honor those wishes and selections.

For any questions about services, at needpre-planning, memorial services or cremation, please contact us at 630-932-1500 or http://www.knollcrest.net/

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The Sacrifice that Veterans Make Matter to us.

 “The sacrifice that our young men and women make placing their lives on the line matters to us, and we’ll ensure that all of the benefits that they’ve earned and are entitled to will be carried out and they receive them” states Bob Van Staalduinen owner and funeral director of Knollcrest Funeral Home.

 Veterans are entitled to an American Flag, a headstone from the Veteran’s Administration, and a member of the Armed Services present to play “Taps” and present the American Flag to the family on behalf of the President of the United States and the thanks of a grateful nation. Our region is now blessed with the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery nearby, where all burial expenses are free of charge for a Veteran, a spouse and dependent children.

Many veterans are still unaware of the benefits available to them in grateful recognition for their service. When it comes to the men and women who wore this nation’s uniform, we’re committed to take the extra time, effort and care to provide everything they’ve earned. In fact, it’s our honor to do so.  For a full explanation and consultation on Veteran’s benefits or any funeral services, contact us at 630-932-1500 or knollcrest@knollcrest.com

For any questions about services; at need, pre-planning, memorial services or cremation, please contact us at 630-932-1500 or http://www.knollcrestfuneralhome.net

To Connect with Knollcrest Funeral Home: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knollcrest-Funeral-Home

Twitter: https://twitter.com/knollfuneral

Blog: http://knollcrestfuneral.wordpress

Website:  http://www.knollcrest.net