We do everything we can to see that Veteran’s receive every benefit they’ve earned.

 

When we serve a Veteran and Hallowell & James, our responsibility is heightened. We are serving a person, who’s unselfish and dedicated to our country has earned some important benefits. Many families don’t know, or don’t know the extent of those benefits. It’s our responsibility and our honor to ensure that our Veteran’s receive the care and the honors they’ve earned.

Hallowell & James Manager and Funeral Director Matthew Gadbois comes from a family that has a deep tradition of military service to our country. Among the services that Veterans receive is an American Flag to drape the casket and to be presented to the honored Veteran’s closest next of kin. Matthew hand irons the flags to ensure that they are crisp, clean and looking as perfect as possible. Details are never trivial when it comes to honoring the lives of Veterans. Never.

When a family loses a loved one who is a Veteran, we all lose someone. Veterans have earned special benefits. At Hallowell & James, we ensure that every family knows and has the opportunity to understand what those benefits include and how we can ensure that every Veteran receives the full measure of the honors and benefits to which their service entitles them. Those benefits include burial benefits at no charge in a National Cemetery such as Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

If you have any questions about funeral Arrangements or Burial Benefits for Veterans, contact us at 708-352-6500 or visit our website:  http://www.hjfunerals.com

For questions or help with arrangements at need or pre-arrangement planning, please call us at 630-964-6500 in Downers Grove or 708-352-6500 in Countryside or email us at info@hjfunerals.com

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Your comfort is important to Hallowell & James.

Hallowell & James Funeral Homes in Countryside and Downers Grove are built from an identical blueprint. Our intention is for the families we serve to enter a genuinely warm and welcoming environment which gives them a feeling of comfort. We consistently update our decor and facilities to maintain a beautiful space for our families in need. We’ve expanded our coffee rooms to ensure families have ample space and privacy for respite during visitations and services. Whether we can be of service to you at our location in Downers Grove or Countryside, please know that the environment you encounter will be one that has been designed with your comfort and needs in mind. When the need arises, our home is your home.

Please feel free to reach out to us at Hallowell & James Countryside (708) 352-6500 or Downers Grove (630) 964-6500 to discuss Pre-planning, At-Need Services or with any questions that may arise.

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The most practical reason to Pre-plan services is to make your wishes known.

Hallowell & James Manager, Funeral Director and Certified Pre-planner, Howard Eggert, often consults with individuals and families about pre-planning funeral arrangements. To Howard, any age or stage of life is appropriate when considering pre-arrangements. There are many reasons to pre-plan funeral arrangements, including having a record of your wishes to guide your family when the time of need arises. Many families find that pre-planning relieves an extra burden on a family that is already grieving from their loss. It is comforting to know the desires of your loved one. Another key benefit, is that pre-planning acts as a way to curb inflation if the service is pre-paid, it locks in the cost. Many financial planners have been adding Pre-Arranged Funeral planning to their advisory portfolios.

If you would like to ask any questions of Howard or any of our professional Funeral Directors about pre-planning or at-need services, feel free to contact us any time day or night. We are here any time you need us. 708-352-500 or www.hjfunerals.com

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Some Advantages to Planning Ahead

 

Planning ahead for funeral services is a process more and more people are choosing to do. There are some important advantages to doing so. At Hallowell & James, Pre-planning can be accomplished in a few ways. Sometimes, it’s just as simple as having a list of preferences that is kept on file until which time they are needed. Nothing is set or unchangeable until the actual final arrangements are made. Downers Grove Manager David Smetak explains it this way, “Making arrangements ahead of time is a way to help a family know what their loved one wanted. Situations change, wishes change and circumstances change sometimes. Having something provided in advance simply helps take some of the anxiety away for grieving families”. When it comes to Pre-Planning at Hallowell & James, our professional Funeral Directors will offer every option available to meet your level of comfort.

If you are considering some level of Pre-Planning, we offer at no obligation or cost, a consultation to provide the full range of options. We’ll answer all your questions so you can decide if this is an option you prefer.

To discuss at-need arrangements or pre-planning (with no obligation) with David or another of our professional Funeral Directors in Downers Grove 630.964.6500 or Countryside 708.352.6500 or visit www.hjfunerals.com

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Being a Funeral Director at Hallowell & James


Matthew Gadbois is the Manager at Hallowell & James Countryside location. Along the way to managing the funeral home, Matthew learned a great deal about the importance of being a family owned and operated funeral home. “The standard of work here reflects that we treat your family as our family”, is how Matthew describes it. At the conclusion of services, it’s common for the thanks to come in the form of a handshake, hug, and sincere and heartfelt thanks. That’s not why Matthew and his fellow directors do this, but it’s a very important reminder as to how important a professional and caring funeral director means to a family. The hours are long and the schedule is unpredictable; like life itself. When you know that you’ve truly helped people at a time where it feels hopeless or inconsolable, you understand that you’ve made a choice to do something unique and special with your life that gives it greater meaning. Matthew and the entire staff at Hallowell & James in Countryside and Downers Grove feel precisely that way.

To discuss at-need arrangements or pre-planning (with no obligation) with Matthew or another of our professional Funeral Directors in Downers Grove 630.964.6500 or Countryside 708.352.6500 or visit www.hjfunerals.com

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The Hallowell & James Family Tradition

Dottie James Russell remembers her dad helping so many families. He was available day and night. That tradition of service continues to this day. The James’ serve families in Countryside, LaGrange, Downers Grove and the surrounding communities.  They realize the phone can ring any time day or night when a family is experiencing a loss. As Dottie explains, our entire staff is knowledgeable and knows how to listen when a family is expressing their wishes. Rich James made sure everyone at Hallowell & James learned how to be a good listener.

Dottie will be the first contact for many families at Hallowell & James. Understanding the needs of families, listening and being ready 24/7 is still the norm for the James Family and the valued staff at Hallowell & James in Countryside and Downers Grove. When you need them, they will be available for you.

For any assistance at-need, pre-need, or any questions we can answer for you, please contact us in Downers Grove 630.964.6500 or Countryside 708.352.6500or www.hjfunerals.com No matter what time of day or night, we’ll be here for you.

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David Helps Families with Pre-Planning and At-Need Funeral Arrangements

 

David Smetak is a Licensed Funeral Director and Manager of  Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Downers Grove. He’s conscientious and dedicated to serving families who have experienced a loss. David is also available to consult on  pre-arranged services.  He’s available to offer every option that will meet your level of comfort. David advises, “Making arrangements ahead of time helps the family to know what their loved one really wanted. Wishes change and circumstances change. Nothing’s set until the final arrangements are made. This just helps take some of the anxiety away.” Every member of the James Family and staff at Hallowell & James has the same compassionate and caring approach to helping people. If you would like to discuss pre-arrangements, we are here to answer all your questions to help you decide if it’s a good option for you.

For any assistance at-need, pre-need, or any questions we can answer for you, please contact us in Downers Grove 630.964.6500 or Countryside 708.352.6500 or www.hjfunerals.com.  Regardless of the time, day or night, we’ll be here for you.

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At Hallowell & James, we ensure that Veterans receive every benefit to which they are entitled

Funeral Director Matthew Gadbois comes from a family that has a deep tradition of military service to our country. Among the services that Veterans receive is an American Flag to drape the casket and to be presented to the honored Veteran’s closest next of kin. Matthew hand irons the flags to ensure that they are crisp, clean and looking as perfect as possible. Details are never trivial when it comes to honoring the lives of Veterans. Never.

When a family loses a loved one who is a Veteran, we all lose someone. Veterans have earned special benefits. At Hallowell & James, we ensure that every family knows and has the opportunity to understand what those benefits include and how we can ensure that every Veteran receives the full measure of the honors and benefits to which their service entitles them. Those benefits include burial benefits at no charge in a National Cemetery such as Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

If you have any questions about funeral Arrangements or Burial Benefits for Veterans, contact us at 708-352-6500 or visit our website:  http://www.hjfunerals.com

For questions or help with arrangements at need or pre-arrangement planning, please call us at 630-964-6500 in Downers Grove or 708-352-6500 in Countryside or email us at info@hjfunerals.com

To reach out to Hallowell & James:

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Website: http://www.hjfunerals.com/index.php

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A 3rd Generation of the James Family Caring for Families in Countryside and Downers Grove

 

 

For over 90 years, the James Family has served families suffering from loss and celebrating the lives of their loved ones. Now, with locations in Countryside and Downers Grove, Bill, Tom, Dottie and Aileen James continue to provide service and comfort to the families they have been serving for generations.

It is a responsibility that grows and is felt by every generation going forward. The tradition of the family serving the community is something the family members feel each and every day. As their father Rich James always said, “There is no such thing as a trivial detail. There is only one opportunity to do everything right.” That remains the standard today. When you entrust the arrangements of your loved one to the care and security of the family and professional staff at Hallowell & James, we accept all of the responsibility that comes with that trust. We commit to earning your confidence by paying attention to every last detail that will provide you with the comfort of knowing that your arrangements allowed you to focus completely on your loved one, your family, your friends and that everything else was taken care of for you. The privilege and honor of serving your family and having your trust and confidence is very important to our family.

For any assistance at-need, pre-need, or any questions we can answer for you, please contact us in Downers Grove 630.964.6500 or Countryside 708.352.6500 or find us at www.hjfunerals.com.  Any time day or night, we’ll be here for you.

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At Hallowell & James, every “thank you” is a reminder.

 

Bill James will often share that the profession his family and his fellow directors have chosen can be a difficult one, stating “When we do our work properly and satisfy our families, we’ve accomplished what we have chosen to do, and what we were chosen to do.”

 

Thank you notes are a frequent reminder to us as to why we entered our profession. It’s about serving our families. Every note is shared with every member of our valued staff who work so hard to ensure that families who come to us at a difficult time, experience a high level of compassion, care and professionalism. We have the ability to make this process less difficult and it is our mission to bring comfort to families. When a family reminds us that we’ve accomplished our mission with regard to our service to them, that we made them feel better; it makes us feel better. When you’ve lost a loved one, the final moments you spend with them here should be memorable for the celebration of the life of a very dear person. We understand that and are always ready at Hallowell & James, day or night, to be there for your family and your loved one.

 

Thank you notes are not required, but they are always welcomed and serve as a reminder to us how important it is that your family felt well taken care of by our family. We’re very grateful.

 

If we can be of assistance for pre-planning, at-need services or any questions, feel free to contact us in Downers Grove 630-964-6500 or Countryside 708-352-6500 or visit www.hjfunerals.com.

 

To reach out to Hallowell & James:

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