Aftercare Services

There are several services we provide, free of charge, to help you cope in the days and months ahead.

Bereavement Aftercare
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.