Kaginhawaan at pagkakaunawaan

This is a Tagalog phrase (a common language of Filipinos) which translates to Comfort and Understanding. It’s a phrase Arsenio and Mercedita (Ditas, to her legions of friends!) Alzona use to describe Knollcrest Funeral Home. Besides being integral members of the area Filipino community, Arsenio and Ditas are Eucharistic Ministers at Christ the King Parish in Lombard and serve on the Ministry of Consolation.

Arsenio tells everyone “Bob is one of us. He just knows and understands how people in the Filipino community grieve”. Ditas adds “our celebration of life includes sharing a big important meal together. Bob joins with us and celebrates. He likes my cooking”. Everybody does!  Fellow funeral directors Keith Kustra, Josh Van Staalduinen and Office Manager Becky Schrader and Admin assistant Holly Stammis all look forward to digging in during a visitation.

The Filipino community is just one of the area’s diverse ethnic cultures that has found a high level of comfort and understanding from Robert Van Staalduinen and his staff at Knollcrest. “One of the wonderful things about the suburbs is that we serve so many ethnic groups here. Years ago in the city, each ethnicity had a funeral home in the neighborhood that served them. As the suburbs grew, we learned the customs of different cultures by serving all different nationalities and backgrounds. I have always considered this a rich experience for us” is how Bob describes the privilege of providing arrangements to so many different faiths and ethnic communities. He adds “the food is a wonderful added benefit of serving the Filipino community”.

Pre-Planning a funeral

Why You Should Consider Pre-Planning Your Own Funeral Arrangements

As people file their taxes each April, retired adults, or those nearing retirement, often consider the tax advantages of making a gift to their heirs. And, in that frame of mind, also consider the cost of their future funeral arrangements. Just as monetary gifts give joy to children and heirs, knowledge that parents have taken care of these final expenses give children a sense of relief.
When children think of their parents’ death, grief is often quickly followed by the overwhelming realities of all the decisions that will fall on them, and worse, in such a short amount of time! While none of us like to think about our own mortality, we know that at some point everyone will have to have some kind of arrangements made for them. As with Life Insurance, practicality and love are shown to those we care about when we plan ahead.
At Knollcrest, we safeguard these plans for you and your family. We know that pre-planning isn’t for everyone, but for a growing number of people, it’s a practical and generous gesture.
Pre-arrangement planning at Knollcrest is a complimentary and simple process. We will meet with you to discuss all your options for services and disposition, and help you decide, as precisely as you desire, how your funeral arrangements would proceed. There is no obligation for our consultation, and you may take whatever time you need to consider whether pre-paying your pre-arrangements is the right option for you.



Pre-Need funeral planning

Pre-need funeral planning can ease the burden of loved ones.

What is Pre-Need Planning? More and more people are choosing to personally make their own pre-planning funeral arrangements. Feeling that this may ease the burden on loved ones, or ensure that their wishes are carried out, pre-need arrangements are becoming more and more common. Financial Planners are suggesting to their clients that pre-arranging a wake and funeral are an important part of investment portfolios.

Sometimes pre-need funeral planning occurs with the passing of a spouse and the remaining spouse wishes to complete their own arrangements in the same period of time. Other times, a person with a smaller family or fewer relatives may feel the need to pre-plan for themselves. Whatever the circumstances, Knollcrest Funeral Home is there to assist and counsel you on funeral services on a pre-need basis.

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” ― Mitch Albom

Approaching a Difficult Subject

Not everyone is comfortable with telling their children how they feel about death or dying, or what to do when the inevitable happens. Pre-need services can include family members as part of the discussion. We provide the opportunity you need to start having these difficult discussions with your family.

If you’ve ever had to make funeral arrangements in the midst of loss, you know that the emotional and financial toll it takes can be difficult. You may find that lifting this burden from your family by making your own funeral arrangements is as loving as it is practical.  It will give them the gift of knowing the best ways to honor your memory and allow them the space to grieve without having to make so many decisions.

Free Consultation Services

If you would like to take advantage of our consultation services with your family, Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard, Illinois will be honored to meet with you and your loved ones to present all of the options to you and answer each and every question you might have about this service. Offering your families choices is what makes our family-owned-and-operated funeral home more unique in today’s fast paced environment. If you want to make these choices together, the Knollcrest family will guide you through the entire process and ensure that your plans are carried out in the loving way you made them.

Have a question? Ask us in our comments section below.

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Our family welcomes your family whenever you need us.

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. “–Helen Keller 

While there is nothing more certain than any person’s mortality, discussing it is something that is very difficult for most people to do.

Our Family Helps Yours.

At Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard, we understand how difficult this can be because we discuss this very thing every day. We are a full service, family-owned-and-operated funeral home, and have been since Bob & Elaine Van Staalduinen first opened Knollcrest’s doors in 1989. It used to be that every funeral home was family owned and operated. Today, that’s less likely, as more and more funeral homes and cemeteries are becoming corporate entities.

When we take your loved one into our care, we understand this is a trust. Whether we’ve known your family for years, or have yet to meet you, we understand that we are caring for you, family to family.   We are your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends. We mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of all of the people we have the privilege of serving.

Easing Your Burden.

Death can be expected or sudden, a relief or a tragedy.  Either way, there is no way to “prepare” for death.  We cannot ease the loss of your loved one, but we can assure you that we can compassionately and professionally make all of the funeral arrangements. In the midst of often overwhelming grief, families must make a myriad of important decisions and preparations. Many families describe this time as being in a fog.  It’s our hope to be your guide through this fog, and that when you look back on the journey; our support will have exceeded your expectations, eased your burden, and brought you to a safe place.  Nothing is more important to us than to hear someone say that the funeral services we held to honor their loved one were more than a series of events, but rather, an experience that provided everything that they needed to reflect on their love and share their grief and loss with others.

We do this every day, for every family who puts their trust in us, yet we will never lose sight of how unique your loved one is to you. We are used to working with very short notice. We know exactly what to do. We’ll be with you the entire time, asking the right questions and answering yours. That’s really what we are here to do:  take care of everything.

Our Promise…

Our family welcomes your family whenever you need us. If that means a consultation on pre-need funeral services, we’re here. We offer many options for pre-planning services from which you can choose to take advantage. If it means contacting us at any time of day or night with the loss of your loved one, we’re ready to help you. We promise you that we will provide the right answers, the right environment, and the compassionate service you need.

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