Other Links and Information
Featured here are links to a number of resources that people might find useful, whether you are consumer researching prospective funeral homes, or someone seeking help coping with the loss. We welcome and encourage any suggestions for additions to this page.
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An organization dedicated "to advance research, education, and public awareness of Batten Disease and Rare Disease and to support individuals and families who have been affected by Batten Disease and Rare Disease."
"Batten Disease is a rare genetic, and currently always fatal, neurodegenerative disease where a child, who is born seemingly normal, begins to suffer worsening seizures and dementia, along with a progressive loss of vision, speech, feeding and motor skills until they become completely bedridden. Sadly, the disease eventually takes the child’s life, just as it took Ethan’s on March 14, 2013, at the age of 4. There is currently no cure, and there is little that can be done to slow or stop the disease, but with awareness and support for research there is hope!"
- Featured here in honor of Ethan and his family
T"he Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting Minnesota servicemen and women returning from deployments around the world. The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation was established to support soldiers adjusting to life with the physical and psychological wounds of war."
Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough, age 22 of Maplewood, and a 2002 graduate of Roseville Area High School, died serving his country in Fallujah, Iraq on December 2, 2006. THE BRYAN McDONOUGH MILITARY HEROES FOUNDATION was established by his family in his honor to assist wounded soldiers and their families. (Bryan's Obituary -St. Paul Pioneer Press 12/10/2006)
- Featured here in honor of Bryan and his family
"SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives."
"SAVE focuses its efforts and resources on six main program areas: Public Awareness, Education, Training and Consulting, Grief Support, Products & Resources, and Research and Innovation."
- Featured here in honor of Dan R., Maureen M., Joey D., and far too many others
A collection of useful information regarding your rights as a consumer, the funeral provider's responsibilities, and what you should expect.
"Starting a discussion about funerals and other end-of-life responsibilities might seem uncomfortable, but seniors and other family members usually feel relieved to find solutions to various issues. For many families, one of the largest issues is coming up with the money to make sure everything can get handled in a dignified and stress-free way."
While our locations are not equipped to host luncheons, there are several options available nearby each chapel for those holding funerals there, including local VFWs and American Legions, as well as hosting at a family home. Here are some additional options.
Located two doors south of the Roseville Chapel on Dale Street
Ideal Hall/TST Catering
Located one mile south of the Roseville Chapel on Dale Street
Located one mile north and east of the Lino Lakes Chapel
A free camp focused on helping children and their families cope with loss. "Our mission is bringing hope and healing to grieving families. Spending time together as a family and with others their own age, family members begin to understand they are not alone in their grief."
"GriefNet.org is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss."
"GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone."
The Twin Cities' North Suburban Grief Support Coalition sponsors the "Growing Through Loss" series twice yearly, providing an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues.
A collection by mastersincounseling.org of "some of the best online resources for coping with grief and bereavement".
"Missing GRACE Foundation's mission is to provide resources and support for families that have experienced: pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility or adoption...Five core areas encompass the heart of the mission: Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate."
Based in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, "Survivor Resources offers crisis response, grief support and other services for families of victims of death due to homicide, suicide, accidental overdose and violent death. Our volunteers and employees provide compassionate follow-up care to clients who have unexpectedly lost a loved one."
Contains a searchable database of death records from the State of Minnesota. Non-certified copies of death certificates may be ordered from the Historical Society.
Located just under five miles from the Roseville Chapel, the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown offers a bereavement rate and a complimentary area shuttle.
Located approximately eight miles from both the Roseville and Lino Lakes Chapels, the Homewood Suites by Hilton offers a bereavement rate and apartment-style rooms with full kitchens.
Locally made by a resident of Lino Lakes. "Hold onto a memory of that special person, or even a four legged friend."
A free resource for leaving behind stories, pictures and memories, while also offering assistance for planning your memorial. "In the future when someone searches your name, what do you hope they’ll find? What are those messages you want to leave the world? Gather them here at BeRemembered. Gradually collect, organize and archive your finest memories and thoughts. Also reflect on, and plan, your end-of-life celebration. Membership is free."
If you are considering shipping cremated remains through the US Postal Service, this publication explains the requirements.
"Thomas Lynch, 58, is a writer and a poet. He's also a funeral director in a small town in central Michigan where he and his family have cared for the dead -- and the living -- for three generations. For the first time, Lynch agreed to allow cameras inside Lynch & Sons, giving FRONTLINE producers Miri Navasky and Karen O'Connor received rare, behind-the-scenes access -- from funeral arrangements to the embalming room -- to the Lynches' world for this film, The Undertaking." This episode of PBS' "FRONTLINE" series offers a fascinating, educational, and remarkably personal look inside the world of funeral directors.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
There are numerous benefits available to honorably discharged US veterans, including burial in a National Cemetery, marker/monument provisions for those buried in private cemeteries, a veteran's flag, presidential memorial certificates - and possibly even monetary benefits for retirees, those with service-connected disabilities, and veterans with other qualifying circumstances. This section of the VA website offers extensive explanations of the many burial provisions available to veterans.
In order to be approved for burial at a National Cemetery (i.e. Fort Snelling), the veteran must meet the eligibility requirements, and must produce the separation document that proves eligibility. This document is a DD 214 for those discharged after 1950, and is known by various other names for those discharged before 1950 (see the above link). The ceremonial "discharge certificate" that is presented at the time of separation WILL NOT suffice. You must be able to produce a DD 214 (or prior version) at the time of funeral arrangements in order for the veteran or their spouse to be buried at any National Cemetery. If you are unable to do so, the Veterans Administration will initiate a records verification search, but this process can take several days, and burial may not be arranged until it is completed. If you do not have a copy of your DD214, replacement documents can be ordered through the National Archives. You should do this in advance, as it takes some time to receive the replacement copy and it will delay burial if not done prior to the time of need.