a sanctuary where lives are commemorated, memories are recalled, a sustaining source of comfort to the living.
Recently I decided to take care of our final expenses. This included burial, vaults, and plot-markers at Highland Memory Gardens. I soon realized we had put this off far too long. The process went so quickly and smoothly with the caring and expert guidance of Highland’s wonderful staff, especially Ms. Jan Shawver. She listened to our wishes and budget. She explained the options. I love what we did and that we have gifted and freed our children from having to make and agree on these decisions later. We have advised them to also take these steps now – so that their choices and beliefs might be secured – and their family helped in a very loving way.
For the past 20 years, we have known that our parents pre-planned their funeral and burial preferences. Honestly, it was just something we knew and didn’t think about.It was not until the passing of both of our parents this past year that we realized the magnitude of those decisions and the true gift they gave to us.When we say gift, we naturally think financial and that indeed was very generous. However, the real gift was being able to honor their wishes and spend those few days that follow the passing, grieving and enjoying sibling time rather than questioning each other on what “they” might want. Our parent’s decision to prepare their final resting plans made such a positive impression, that we can now say that we also have planned and will give this final gift to our children when our time comes.
For the record, I have the highest regard for Highland Memory Gardens for your excellent service to our families, and everyone who wisely chooses to do business with you. God bless.
Making a trip to a cemetery to take care of arrangements for the deceased or to plan and pay for your interment can be fearful in so many ways. Recently we have made arrangements for my mother (100 year old) and for my husband and I. The experience we had with Highland Memory Gardens was extremely commendable. Dealing with Jan Shawver with her kindness, caring, knowledge, ability to listen, taking time to explain things clearly and to make excellent suggestions, made our experience very peaceful and complete. Peaceful and complete is how we felt when we left the office. Not only Jan, but the entire office staff was so congenial, offering smiles when you really needed them – so caring! When such kindness is offered, it should truly be noted. Thanks to all of you – you made a hard time easier.
I want to thank Jan and the office staff at Highland Memory Gardens for their help during the planning of the private burial of my lifetime friend. A special thank you to Jonathan, a young man who, I assume, set up the tent, chairs and tables, for his kindness, courtesy, consideration and patience on the day of the service.