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The Value of a Funeral


The ceremonies we observe when a loved one dies accomplish several important purposes, not only for the immediate family but for the entire community of friends and associates. The following sections have been written for Selected Independent Funeral Homes by Dr. William G. Hoy to help provide a greater understanding of the significant role funeral ceremonies play in our lives.


William G. Hoy, DMin, FT is the director of Texas-based Grief Connect, a center for bereavement education. As an educator, author and counselor, he has walked alongside grieving people for more than 25 years. In addition to presenting more than 70 invited lectures each year to groups of caregiving professionals across the United States and Canada, Dr. Hoy teaches in the Medical Humanities Program, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.

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What people are saying about Selected members

"Our family wanted to take a few minutes to thank the staff of Baue for all the kind words and helpful advice in planning and executing the funeral. Thanks for helping us through the initial consultation and special thanks for guidance the day of the service. You went above and beyond our expectations changing things on the fly based on the weather, church lighting, etc. We couldn't have been more pleased."

– Anon.., St. Charles, MO
Served by member firm Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery

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