There are several services we provide, free of charge, to help you
cope in the days and months ahead.
About a month after the funeral our grief specialist, Bonnie
Stachowski, MSW, LSGW, makes contact with those we serve. She is a
licensed social worker and hospice volunteer and she provides
bereavement aftercare to the families we have served. She makes a
telephone call and she can schedule a visit, too. Her purpose in
calling is just to see how you are doing. She is calling to listen
to you, so feel free to let her know if there is anything in
particular that you are concerned or confused about. If there is
another member of your family that you feel would benefit from a
call from her, just let her know.
Annual Christmas Service of Remembrance
Since 1991 we have held "Light a Candle of Love", a Christmas
Service of Remembrance. It is held on the first Sunday of December,
except when that is Thanksgiving weekend, when it is moved to the
following Sunday. Every person whose funeral or memorial service
was arranged through us is recognized and a family member may light
a candle in their memory. We have found that this service is more
helpful to you after some time has passed, so those funerals that
occur after November 1st are remembered at the service the next
year. Each family receives one invitation, which we ask to have
passed on to all of the family members.
Weekly Radio Program
Our weekly radio program, "Music & Memories" is
broadcast every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. over KASM radio, 1150 AM
in Albany. Each week we recognize those who died in the coming week
of the previous year and include inspirational music. We also
invite listeners to call or write to have their loved one
remembered on the program.
"Come Unto Me"
Several local business sponsors collaborate with us to provide a
book of scriptural lessons relating to grief and bereavement,
entitled "Come Unto Me".
Children's Grief Connection of Minnesota
We are proud sponsors of Children's Grief Connection, formerly
known as Camp Amanda-Minnesota, a nonprofit organization providing
grief programs for children and teens in partnership with
Minnesota's funeral directors. The mission of Children's Grief
Connection is to bring hope and healing to Minnesota's grieving
children. All of their programs and services are provided FREE of
charge. The Hearts of Hope Camp (age 5-12) and Teen Retreat (age
13-18) are for children and teens who have experienced the death of
a parent, sibling or significant person in their lives. If you know
of a child that would benefit from attending these FREE camps,
please contact us for more information.
As part of our commitment to Honoring Life's Memories,
Patton-Schad will make a memorial donation of $20 for every family
we serve during the year to Children's Grief Connection.