19 episodes

Helping plan funerals with honor.
Pre-arranging & funeral arrangement guidance.

Good Grief Mike Oconnell

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Helping plan funerals with honor.
Pre-arranging & funeral arrangement guidance.

    How to Help a Grieving Friend & What is NOT Helpful.

    How to Help a Grieving Friend & What is NOT Helpful.

    How to help a grieving friend. 

    In today's episode, Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, joins us to discuss how to help a grieving friend.

    What’s helpful.

    What’s not.

    How shifting your view could help you, as well as someone grieving the loss of a loved one.


    Meet Kathy


    • 50 min
    Benefits of pre-arranging your funeral

    Benefits of pre-arranging your funeral

    Mike O'Connell talks about pre-arranging for your funeral. Why should you pre-arrange? What are the benefits?

    In this episode, we also answer some nagging questions like, Can I make changes to my funeral policy after it is completed? Do I need to prepay? What sort of things will I be asked?

    • 39 min
    Funeral Personalization

    Funeral Personalization

    Getting what you want, even after death.  

    Mike O'Connell & Pete talk about how to make a funeral personalized to not only pay tribute to your loved one, but help the family.   

    Hear some personal stories about how Mike and his amazing team helped families personalize their loved ones gatherings, including how Mike personalized his brother Dan's funeral. This was the beginning of his understanding on how meaningful personalization was for him and the family. 

    He knew he needed to educate other families and give ideas on how they could do the same for their loved ones, even when they didn't think it would be possible. We all have a story to tell!

    Listen how Veteran, Military, Police, Firefighters, fisherman, and sports fans have made funerals personal to them. Vikings fans may not want to listen.

    • 30 min
    Questions a funeral director asks

    Questions a funeral director asks

    In today's episode, we discuss what questions and information funeral directors will ask you when planning a funeral.

    Many people have told us, "We thought this was going to be emotionally drawn out, and it was way better than I thought."

    We want this podcast to elevate your anxiety surrounding what this meeting will entail.

    You'll learn the 3 segments that a funeral director is going to ask when you meet.

    Legal aspect
    Personal Person
    How do we celebrate this person

    We want to help educate you so you can make informed decisions about the service of your loved one.

    • 32 min
    Choosing the right funeral home

    Choosing the right funeral home

    A Difficult Decision

    Picking a funeral home is one of the greatest decisions that you'll make in your life, one which will significantly impact your last memories of your loved ones, so you want to be sure you're making the right choice.

    There are many things that many of us don't consider when choosing a funeral home, and today's podcast addresses those factors.

    We delve deep into the questions we should be asking ourselves as we are trying to pick the right funeral home.

    Questions such as:

    How long has the funeral home been in business?

    Is it locally owned?

    Does it require payment upfront?

    Do they serve state-assisted and Medicaid families?

    Do they have a good website and social media presence?

    How are the online reviews?

    How well are the guests treated during funeral services?

    Check out today's podcast, where we discuss these and many more factors.

    • 40 min
    Funerals for Veterans

    Funerals for Veterans

    Memorial Day is right around the corner so we created a podcast episode dedicated to the brave men and women that give so much to our country.

    On this episode, we share an event we have coming up on May 27th - "Haircuts for Heroes". From 11AM - 3PM, we'll be offering haircuts to veterans and active military personnel at our Hudson Chapel. We'll also have food trucks and resources available, as well as tents, to prevent any rain from spoiling the fun! A special thank you to Your Hair Mob and All Seasons Rental of Hudson for donating their time and equipment to make this event possible!

    Throughout the podcast, we discuss the origins of Memorial Day and the customs and traditions surrounding military funerals, such as the 3-volley rifle salute and the symbolism of the folds in the American flag. We also address some aspects regarding funeral etiquette at military funerals and the benefits that veterans might be entitled to, like reimbursements for funeral and cremation services.

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Your Hair Mob's website. 

    All Seasons Rental's website.

    VA's website.

    • 38 min

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