Etiquette, Guidelines, and Links


Marengo Facility:

Please come prepared to wear a face mask.  We also suggest frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, along with social distancing.  Those who are ill, have a household member, are or were in close contact with someone who is sick, or are at high risk of severe illness from Covid-19, should NOT attend.

 

Brooklyn Facility:

Please come prepared to wear a face mask.  We also suggest frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, along with social distancing.  Those who are ill, have a household member, are or were in close contact with someone who is sick, or are at high risk of severe illness from Covid-19, should NOT attend.

 

***Entrance to the funeral home will be by the south door (Pershing street entrance).  There will be signage directing your path.  Please practice social distancing while waiting for access to the building, and upon entering our facility.  There will be hand sanitizer placed throughout the building.  We will be asking for patrons to exit the building by using the single west door located in the chapel.  Once you exit, we request that you leave the property in a timely fashion to allow for the smooth flow of visitors.***

 

Families of the deceased at both facilities should also be aware of certain responsibilites:

Our staff will visit with you and try to determine how many family members will be in the receiving line.  If your family is a large in  numbers, we may ask some members to be in attendance in shifts. 

 

We are not allowing food or snacks brought in for or by the family at this time.
Wear a mask while in the building.
Our staff will make every effort to make you comfortable
during your time at our facility.

 

Funeral Etiquette

The accepted customs of dress and behavior in a funeral have changed over time, but courtesy never goes out of style. There are some basic gudelines you can follow to make sure your funeral etiquette is proper.

Making the Most of a Difficult Time

It’s important to know what religious, ethnic or personal considerations you need to take into account. And it’s also important to be respectful of the emotions of close family members.

Links to Local Resources

Click here or scroll down to see our list of helpful links.


Here are a few things expected of you:

- Offer an expression of sympathy.  Sometimes we are at a loss for words when encountering something as final as death. Simply saying "I'm sorry for your loss" is usually enough. Be respectful and listen attentively when spoken to, and offer your own words of condolence.

- Find out the dress code.  These days almost anything goes, but only when you know it's the right thing. In fact, sometimes the deceased has specified the dress code; 'no black' is a common request. If you can't learn the wishes of the family, then dress conservatively, and avoid bright colors.

- Give a gift.  It doesn't matter if it is flowers, a donation to a charity or a commitment of service to the family at a later date; as always, "it's the thought that counts." Always make sure to provide the family with a signed card, so they know what gift was given, and by whom.

- Sign the register book.  Include not only your name, but your relationship to the deceased: co-worker, gym buddy, or casual acquaintance from the golf club. This helps family place who you are in future.

- Keep in touch.  It's sometimes awkward for you to do so, but for most people the grieving doesn't end with a funeral.

But, what shouldn't you do at a funeal?

- Don't feel that you have to stay.  If you make a visit during calling hours there's no reason your stay has to be a lengthy one.

- Don't be afraid to laugh.  Remembering their loved one fondly can mean sharing a funny story or two. Just be mindful of the time and place; if others are sharing, then you may do so too. There is simply no good reason you shouldn't talk about the deceased in a happy, positive tone.

- Don't feel you have to view the deceased if there is an open casket.  Act according to what is comfortable to you.

- Don't allow your children to be a disturbance.  If you feel they might be, then leave them with a sitter. But, if the deceased meant something to them, it's a good idea to invite them to share in the experience.

- Don't leave your cell phone on.  Switch it off before entering the funeral home, or better yet, leave it in the car. All too often, we see people checking their cell phones for messages during the services.

- Don't neglect to step into the receiving line.  Simply say how sorry you are for their loss, offer up your own name and how you knew the deceased.

- Don't be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake.  Everyone does, and you can be sure that an apology may be all that's needed to mend and soothe.

When it's all over, always remember to continue to offer support and love to the bereaved. The next few months are a time when grieving friends and relatives could need you most. Let them know that your support did not end with the funeral.

MONUMENT COMPANY

Kloster Monuments
Marengo and Brooklyn 
515-290-4161
tjk@klostermonuments.com 
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FLORISTS AND GIFTS

Back Porch Floral and Gifts
Marengo, IA   52301
319-741-5241


Kat Marie's Boutique
1744 Highway 6,
Brooklyn, IA 52211
(641) 522-3213

 

Timber Gate Gardens
806 12th St.
Belle Plaine, Iowa 52208
319-444-2552
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House of Flowers
511 Court Street
Williamsburg, Iowa  52361 
319-668-1661
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Plant & Flower Emporium
407 Locust Street SE 
Blairstown, Iowa   52209 
319-454-6121

 

Bates Flowers by DZyne
813 4th Ave 
Grinnell, Iowa   50112 
641-236-3197
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Montezuma Floral
311 E. Main St
Montezuma, IA 50171
641-623-2984
flowers@montezumafloral.com

 

RS Welding Studio
2026 B Avenue
Victor, IA 52347
1-800-617-9464
randy@rsweldingstudio.com
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