Why we do what we do.

We receive a lot of letters telling us that we made things easier for someone. It’s not because of the “Thank you letters” that we do what we do, but it’s a great reminder of what a privilege it is to be so trusted by families. It’s also a reminder of just how important this responsibility is in the lives of people. There are few vocations out there where people feel compelled to hand write a letter of thanks. These are very dear to us. We read them. Over and over we read them. They certainly testify to the service we’ve provided and we’re very proud of that. They also testify to the “goodness” of the people we serve. That means everything to us. We Thank all of You!

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Whoever the Funeral Director is, he’ll be your best friend for the next week. Bob was truly our family’s best friend

Catherine’s mother sat in the lobby of Knollcrest Funeral Home while attending a visitation for her Glen Ellyn area neighbor.  She told her daughter that Knollcrest was where she wanted her wake to be.  Sadly, Catherine’s father passed away first.  Catherine’s parents were both veterans, and her father’s military service was especially important to him.  “Bob and the staff at Knollcrest saw to it that his military service was recognized.”  Two years later, Catherine’s mother’s wishes and military service were honored when it was time for her own services at Knollcrest.  “I’d recommend Knollcrest in a heartbeat,” states Catherine.  And she has.  Like every family we serve, it was an honor to befriend Catherine and her family.

Knollcrest Lends A Helping Hand To Veterans

Knollcrest Went Out Of Their Way To Lend A Helping Hand To The Veterans

One might assume every funeral home goes the extra mile for the Veterans who’ve gone the extra mile for us. According to Marine Veteran Larry Olson, that’s not the case. After it was his privilege to take part in a memorial ceremony at Knollcrest to honor a fellow Vet, Mr. Olson stated, “I believe that Knollcrest went out their way to help us, lend a helping hand to the Veterans and they were very respectful. We don’t get that everywhere else”. They should. And here, they always will.

Why Knollcrest Takes Extra Care of the Veterans

When our veterans enlisted, they placed their lives on the line. They sacrificed many things for love of country and love of their countrymen. This sacrifice deserves our respect, and extra care in the services we provide them.

Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard makes sure every veteran receives all the benefits to which he or she is entitled, including an American Flag, a VA headstone, and a member of the Armed Forces present at each service to play “Taps” and present the American Flag to the family.

We highly encourage our local military families to choose Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery for their burials. We are blessed with national cemetery within driving distance, where all burial services are free of charge for a veteran, a veteran’s spouse, and a veteran’s dependent children.

Many veterans are unaware of the benefits available to them to honor their service. When it comes to taking care of veterans, we think the extra time and care required is an honor to provide.

Vital decisions in precious little time

Robert Van Staalduinen, Funeral Director

After serving thousands of families, we understand that the circumstances of no two families are exactly alike. What does remain the same is that families have to make a host of important decisions in a short period of time. At Knollcrest, we’ll provide you all of the choices and guidance you need to make decisions efficiently. It’s our responsibility to keep track of every detail in regard to your selected services.

 After making these important service decisions, we’ll escort you to our selection room to view merchandise options. We have never seen our role in this selection process as that of a “salesman”; rather, we are here to assist you and answer questions. We’ve provided caskets, vaults, urns, memorial items, etc. There are a lot of choices ranging from very modest to premium, and everything in between. We feel that our role in honoring your loved one starts with honoring you and the family members who are tasked with making difficult decisions in a short period of time. We’re here to help facilitate whatever options are most suitable.

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Approaching death with children

children need to grieveWe naturally have the desire to protect our children from the hard things of life. But we all know that the hard things happen anyway. Children certainly need to grieve when they lose a loved one, not be sheltered from it. They may process information differently than adults, yet they are very capable of understanding that a person they loved deeply is no longer going to be part of their daily life. Children can be very profound, and resilient. As much as they need comfort and understanding, they also provide comfort and understanding to the adults in their lives at a time of loss. Even the littlest children are sensitive to the grief of those around them, although they might not be able to process the death themselves.

Although it can be uncomfortable to talk about death with children, remember, they are grieving too. Try to answer any questions accurately and honestly, without cliché. 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 and fantasies.

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.

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Visit Our New “Subscribe” Feature

When we developed our blog and short video series, we did so with the idea that people who might be encountering a difficult decision might find it easier to get a glimpse into how Knollcrest Funeral Home fulfills our ministry within our community. For many people, opening the front door to ask those questions and receive the answers to their questions is a very difficult step. While our service extends to the greater DuPage County area, our surrounding communities of Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace and Oak Brook are more familiar with us.

Fewer people are using the large metropolitan newspapers for Death Notices than before. We have added a feature to our website where you can SUBSCRIBE now. This way, our Obituaries and Notices which appear on our homepage will be easily accessible to you and help you receive notice of the passing of friends or members of your community who you may not have regular contact with. We often hear from people that they regret not having paid their respects only because they were unaware that a person had passed away. We think our SUBSCRIBE feature can help prevent this from occurring. Since it is featured on our website, it is accessible no matter where you are. If you happen to be out of town, you can still pay your respects in some manner in absentia with a phone call, a note, Mass card, flowers, etc.

The Knollcrest Family understands how rapidly things change. Getting the word out is easier and more complicated at the same time nowadays. Using our website and its SUBSCRIBE feature is something we’ve developed to help serve our community. Please take advantage of it and any of the other services we can provide; be it a Pre-Planning Consultation or a Funeral Services Consultation, both available complimentary from the Knollcrest Family.



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.

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