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This week I had one of the funniest "widows" I have ever met with. Her husband had died the night prior, and she was dealing with his loss with humor and grace. We connected well and shared funny stories. Today she brought me a T-shirt she had made for me that reads,

"Just before I die, I'm goin...

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An autopsy is ordered when a death occurs due to but not limited to accidents, suicide, homicide, unknown, or unexpected deaths. My maternal grandmother was a “coroner’s case”. Due to a fall to the floor and a broken hip, she had surgery and was recovering nicely until one morning during recovery...

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Last week I was with a family that was in planning a viewing and service followed by cremation. I left the arrangement room for a few minutes to print up the authorizations and service schedule. When I was ready and walking back to the family, I could hear discussions coming from the arrangement...

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A question has come up over and over during the surge of COVID deaths which started around January 1, 2021, and continues to today’s date February 26, 2021.

The question being.... “are you able to take cases”?

When I hear those words, it makes me so sad, because most of the public does not refe...

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A question has come up over and over during the surge of COVID deaths which started around January 1, 2021, and continues to today’s date February 26, 2021.

The question being.... “are you able to take cases”?

When I hear those words, it makes me so sad, because most of the public does not refe...

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This next month will mark a year our human race has been living with a worldwide virus. No person is immune from catching this killing disease. Last March we were worried about running out of toilet paper, this March we are running out of granite for headstones.

These words are Grimm but 100 pe...

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Each week I try to post a story of a unique family I meet or a situation that occurs that is humorous in some way. Some weeks I like to share and debunk myths or “rumors” that people think we do. Since January 1, 2021, I can only describe my daily routine as being caught in a continuously moving...

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Spectrum News 1 did an article about the COVID surge on our funeral home. We talk about the sudden increase in deaths, the need for refrigerator trucks, and how it's not just older people. Check out the link below for the article and video.

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We have been following the news and seeing that ICU beds in hospitals are becoming more available. I overheard a woman in the grocery line yesterday sharing that “this is coming to an end” and she shared how beds are becoming more available. I kept my mouth shut, which if you know me personally ...

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Testimonials

3 days ago
My son died unexpectedly in November. We live in Wisconsin and had to travel out to California for him. Ken & his entire staff were amazing though this tragic, heart wrenching experience. We first requested a simple viewing and then changed to a service, which they were able to accommodate within 16 hours, even with a Zoom component. The care, empathy, and flexibility they provided was incredible during the hardest time of our life. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in the horrible place of needing this service. They were a light during a very dark time.
- Teresa P
a month ago
Sadly my mother passed away at the end of last year on NYE. It happened very suddenly and it was hard to find a mortuary to get her before midnight on NYE. McKenzie Mortuary Services to the rescue. They were able to get my mom before another scheduled pickup which was a blessing given our circumstances. From Night 1, Ken (the owner), had been super thoughtful, caring, respectful, and an all around great person. He met with us personally to go over all of the arrangements. We were prepared to bargain prices and had a good laugh about a Golden Girls episode in the lobby before our meeting. The McKenzie prices were very affordable. I honestly expected to pay 2-3xs more based on our experience at All Souls for my grandma in 2019. We were pleased and agreed to everything. Ken made the entire experience easier given the nature of his business. You can tell that he truly cares and has been pulling long days since the Covid peak. Because of Covid we had strict rules to follow for the a...
- Dawn F
8 months ago
Two services here. 2012 and 2020. They did a very good job each time. You will be delighted. Give it a go. Attendees had nothing but wonderful things to say afterwards. Ken, Derrick and Dave made it a positive experience.
- Tax P

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