And The Winner Is...

And The Winner Is...

“Yay!” “Go, Kyler!” “Nice work!” And other cheers erupted around the room as Kyler Berghuis made his way to the front to claim his oversized check (a highlight for all the kids!). The prize? A $500 scholarship toward Kyler’s tuition.

Kyler interviewed Dr. Joseph Taylor for the contest. Dr. Taylor worked as a pediatrician at ABC Pediatrics for 44 years and now lives next door to Kyler.

Caramel Corn with a Side of 'Honey'

Caramel Corn with a Side of 'Honey'

The family decided to do a natural (or green) burial for Clara. A green burial is one that uses only biodegradable materials. A natural burial utilizes simple, sustainable materials so that nature may take its course following the natural rhythms of life.

“This was all a work of love by her family,” said Life Story Funeral Director Paul Uzarski. “The family participated in every step of the process, even helping to wash and prepare Clara’s body.”

52 Pairs of Silly Socks

52 Pairs of Silly Socks

“As soon as Tom’s family told me about the socks and the hats, I told them they had to bring them in for the visitation,” said Life Story Funeral Director Paul Uzarski, adding that they thought there might be too many. “I told them to bring them all in. Tom’s hats and socks tell a special part of his life story; they are uniquely Tom and serve as connecting points to both him and his family.”

The Final Lesson Plan

The Final Lesson Plan

Dozens of family and friends gathered at the church to remember and celebrate Eileen, a longtime special education teacher for Grand Rapids Public Schools, a world traveler, a teddy bear collector (she had at least one or a dozen bears in every room of her house) and an avid reader (she read all the way through her library's selection of books up through the letter "M"). 

Let's Talk About Death

Let's Talk About Death

"Why?"

That's often the first question people ask the owners and employees of Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes after finding out who they work for and what they do for a living. It's usually that followed by an awkward silence, a subtle rebuff, a rapid-fire interrogation ("You actually touch dead bodies? Do you believe in zombies? Have you ever accidentally buried someone alive?") or, on occasion, genuine interest.


Honoring Our Heroes

Honoring Our Heroes

Sure, we love a good BBQ and picnic to kick off the summer as much as anyone else, but in our work we’ve been deeply affected by the stories of the veterans in our community. We’re proud and humbled to host this annual Community Memorial Picnic in their collective honor, and we love seeing generations come together to share stories and recognize those among us who served our country so faithfully.