Blog Archive

How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful

Years ago, there was one factor that kept many Springfield and Sherman families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral. People believed that if they chose cremation, they could not have a funeral service that was meaningful and told the story of their loved one’s life. Of course, this is not true.  Funeral […]

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How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during a most difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost more than they really do. How much […]

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The First 5 Things You Should Do When a Loved One Dies

If someone you love has just died, your head is probably spinning. Your life will never be the same, but there are some very practical things you need to handle. Here are the top five things our caring team at Staab Funeral Home recommend you do after losing someone close to you. 1.) Report the […]

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A Tale of Two Funerals: Family Owned V. Corporate

Family-owned funeral homes like Staab Funeral Home  have become harder to find over the years, as large corporations purchase one after another funeral home that was originally founded by a family. Here in Springfield and Sherman, our family has been serving our neighbors since 1937 – and we will continue to do so with kindness, compassion, […]

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Love Lost: Is It Ever Too Soon to Move On?

There is an old German proverb that says, “The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.” If that’s true, how much more so is the pain after you lose a spouse or partner? The pain is so intense, there is a confirmed phenomenon called the “widowhood effect,” although it applies […]

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Three Myths About Preplanning

In life, we are almost always planning for our future – toward a personal goal or for the next phase of life. The families we serve here in Springfield and Sherman are particularly goal-oriented. We set a plan, so we can know where we’re headed. Planning relieves stress and answers many questions ahead of time. […]

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Announcing the Relaunch of Our Blog!

Welcome to the newly relaunched Staab Funeral Homes blog! If this is your first time stopping by, we hope you’ll spend some time getting to know us, including the many ways we can serve Springfield and Sherman families. We’re so excited about the opportunity to interact with our Sangamon County friends and neighbors through this […]

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Surviving the Holidays

It wasn’t a Hallmark movie or commercial that made Steve cry. It was simply being in the Hallmark store. Steve stood in the aisle full of Christmas cards, overwhelmed at the options. This was just one more out of a hundred decisions and tasks that he had to deal with after his wife, Angie, had […]

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SHARING PHOTOS AND MEMORIES.

When we lose a loved one, photos of family times together remind us of the memories and comfort us. Grief therapists share the many ways our photos can help us grieve…and heal from the loss we feel. Photos help us remember what made our loved one special and keep them in our minds and hearts. […]

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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS

It’s the most difficult thing for most of us to confront:  planning for the end of our own life.  In fact, a recent survey by Kaiser Health News revealed that only about a third of adults have a living will or health care proxy.  Not surprising, considering that most of us find it extremely stressful […]

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THE FIRST YEAR WITHOUT A LOVED ONE

The first year after the loss of a loved one is the most challenging time.  We don’t realize it, but we have longstanding habits that revolve around having that other person with us.  We set a place for them at the table.  We expect to hear their voice when the phone rings. Psychologists and other experts […]

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History of Women in Funeral Service

  If there’s one service that all of us will someday need, it’s a funeral.  Until recently, the longtime image of a funeral director was a man in a dark suit. That image-stereotype does not paint an accurate picture of the important role women have had in the funeral service industry… Let’s take a look […]

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MAKING HEART-HEALTHY CHOICES

  February is Heart Health Month. What better time to consider the way we live and what we eat…and take steps to help ourselves to longer, healthier lives. While some of the things we can do to preserve heart health may seem obvious, it’s all too easy to ignore them…or not observe them as carefully […]

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Death away from home

We are never truly prepared for the death of a loved one. You may find that even when you are expecting death in the near future, you may not be prepared for the feelings of grief that can accompany it. When a death occurs away from home, it may feel even more traumatic. In addition […]

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The Holidays: Fun new traditions to start this year

With the holidays here, you may find yourself happily anticipating the fun holiday traditions you have enjoyed with your friends and family year after year: Aunt Dorothy’s pecan pie, family Christmas carols around the tree or the special toast your best friends make every New Year’s Eve. Sometimes, however, those same holiday traditions can be […]

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An Empty Seat at the Table: How to face the holidays after a loved one’s death

The holidays are a magical time. Getting together with family and friends, sharing home-cooked meals, and revisiting timeless traditions can make the season especially exhilarating for young and old alike. But the holidays can also be difficult if you have recently lost a loved one. Memories of special times you have shared together can be […]

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