The passing of a loved one affects everyone in variousways.  It creates extreme stress,disruption of daily life and the exposure of our most deeply-held emotions.This is the time when the helpful and professional staff at AAsum-Dufour takesover.  Our purpose is to guide, direct,and relieve you of the many details of this difficult and sometimes confusingprocess.

The services provided for the deceased by AAsum-Dufour rangein many ways; from traditional or contemporary, burial or cremation, public orprivate gatherings or viewings. As caring staff members, it is our goal tocreate an experience for each and every family we serve that is as unique asthe individual who has passed.

 Thefirst choice to consider is how you want to celebrate the life of your lovedone.  The main goal is all about bringingthose you love and care about together to honor the life that was lived.  This can be done in a variety of ways.  Whether you choose a traditional service,celebration of life, informal family gathering or even a picnic, this is thefirst step in the healing process.   Weat AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home can help guide you to decide what is right for youand your family and what is the best way to celebrate your loved one’s life.


Burial or Cremation?


Your next consideration focuses onchoosing between burial and cremation. Often times, people are clear on thispoint. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly howthey wish to be cared for at the time of their passing. But, for some families,it can be a difficult choice, especially when the wishes of the deceased werenever clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're here to help adviseyou and provide direction.  Our desire isthe same as yours; to help you reach the best decision for you that stillhonors your loved one.

Once you have made that decision, thefiner details become the focus. If you've chosen burial, then selecting thecasket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help youand provide guidance on all these options.

If cremation is your preference, thenyou'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will beplaced in a mausoleum niche, scattered in a meaningful spot, or buried on thegrounds of a cemetery.  Making thischoice will also lead to the decision on the type of urn you want.  As always, we’re here to provide informationand options on the best urn to fit your needs. 

Aqua Cremation

We are happy to announce that we now offer Aqua Cremation to families that would like to choose a flameless cremation.   Alkaline Hydrolysis also know as Aqua Cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial.  This method is used to return a decedent to their most basic components: minerals and water.

What's Next?

Now that we've helped you with the essentials,it's time to reflect more on exactly what is suitable for you and your family.If possible, gather everyone together to speak on their feelings and desires toensure that everyone is heard and importantly, that everyone is in agreement.

Still looking for inspiration?Speaking with one of our staff members can help to clarify your thinking. We’realways available and always ready to answer any questions that you mighthave.  You can reach us anytime at (541) 926-5541.

Permanent Memorialization

Thismeans creating a dedicated place for family and friends to join and rememberyour loved one.  This helps to create aconstant place of gathering and healing, and it can be done in a variety ofways. 

In our modern and often mobile society,people aren't given enough time to grieve their losses. The pressures of work,family, society, even something as simple as the emotional need to ‘be busy,’often bring the bereaved back into the ‘real’ world far too soon.  When one is rushed through the grieving process,long-term problems can arise. 

Also, more and more families arechoosing to scatter the cremated remains of their loved one in a favoriteplace; the ocean, a certain spot in the woods, or even in the skies above.  We at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home believe thatthis is meaningful choice for some, but understand that it does not fit everyfamily.  Additionally, while thisprovides an option that may seem fitting at the time, it means that you do nothave a definitive place to visit and reminisce on the memories of the loved onethat meant so much to you.

Having such a permanent place –whether it’s in a cemetery, mausoleum, or cremation garden - that can bevisited regularly by family and friends can be an important part of thegrieving process. It becomes a central point of memorialization for everyone,and gives them a special and meaningful place to go to remember your loved one.  These places also can help to allow people tocommemorate important occasions, which can help to make a birthday, holiday oranniversary less painful.

A permanent place to reflect andremember your loved one also becomes a means of connecting to a family's past. Theyprovide a permanent fixture for children to be able to visit the resting placeof grandparents or great-grandparents. This allows them to have a connection to their own personal history,which is also a connection to the past and to the love shared by many. It trulyhonors the relationship you still have – and will always have – with that specialsomeone in your life.


Pet Services

Thedeath of a family pet is difficult for all family members but is often thefirst experience of death for children.  Inmany instances, pets can be much like family and their loss is one that canhave a huge impact on everyone.  As such,it gives you a unique opportunity to help children celebrate life and helps yourfamily heal from the loss.  In these times,you can turn to us with confidence.  Wewill provide you with information to help you make the best decision for youand your animal companion.  We have ourown crematory on site and can arrange for the private cremation of yourpet.  Contact us to get more informationon arrangements and pricing. 

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