If your decision is cremation, Integrity Funeral Care should be your first and last thought. When my husband suddenly died, I was numb as most are, and without pre-planning I chose a funeral home not thinking twice about it. Within the next couple of hours, I was informed the cost would be over $5,000.
My sister in her right mind asked me to call Integrity. Doing so and speaking to David Pena, it was apparent that he was a man of compassion, strength, and integrity. He took the time to explain the process and cost, which surprisingly was so much lower.
Each time I called, David spent as much time or as little time as I needed. He took care of everything and was available each and every time. David picked up the death certificate and called me immediately knowing the cause of death was incorrect.
David went out of his way, making it possible for me and my children to see my husband one final time. He drove from his home one late evening and allowed us the closure without all the equipment from the hospital. He respected our privacy, and not one time did he rush us. For that one night, I will never forget David and silently thank him each day.
Since then, I have received cards, telephone calls and this year a Christmas card. It is a simple as this; He cares, he takes pride, and he helps you through a terrible time.
Even after reading this, if you have concerns regarding cremation, this memory may guide you.
A couple of years before my husband died, every weekend we, as others, drove by a cemetery on the way to a store. In clear sight we saw a man sit on a bench each and every weekend. He had no privacy, for every one could see his sadness. David (my husband) use to comment each weekend how terrible that must be. We really never discussed death, but I knew he would not want to be that man or me to be the one sitting on the bench.
Cremation gave me and my children the freedom of giving David his last wishes. For us to spread some of his ashes where he would want to be and to know that his ashes will be with mine is a decision that I was able to make. I still have David with us and his memory will never fade. Thanks to David Pena and his staff I’m able to remember our final good bye and kiss.