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How do I show my concern for a grieving family?

January 26th, 2014

Someone once said . . . “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care… be sincere or be nothing at all.” My family has been taking care of grieving families for close to 90 years now. I truly believe my calling in life is to love and help people in grief.  You too can help friends and family get through their grief by being a good listener, offering help when needed and showing unconditional love, which includes forgiveness and grace. Just show you care in the most sincere way you know how! As the saying goes, be sincere or be nothing at all. When it comes from the heart, it’s healing power is amazing :)

What makes Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey the leading funeral home?

January 18th, 2014

Since opening our doors in 1925, this strong family business has dedicated itself to the Waco community for five generations in helping to celebrate the lives of loved ones. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey understands the grieving process and realizes that the family is at the heart of funeral planning. By offering a variation of different service options, WHB is able to provide affordable services that families can cherish and remember. We help you honor a life in the way you want them to be remembered. With our caring and compassionate staff, this funeral home is dedicated to helping individuals with grief and maintaining an environment where family members can truly be honored.

How important is location when considering a funeral home?

December 16th, 2013

Many factors go into choosing a funeral home. Location is an important one to consider. You’ll want a home that is conveniently located and easily accessible for family and friends. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey is centrally located on Bosque Boulevard, just a few blocks from Valley Mills Drive.  We serve all the greater Waco area – - not just pockets of the population.

WHB has a comfortable and welcoming environment for funeral services and visitations. Our well-lit parking and central location allow for your visits to be as stress free as possible. It is our honor to serve you in these special times and strive to exceed your expectations.

How should I help a best friend with the loss of a family member?

November 5th, 2013

Loss can be devastating.  It is important to let your friend know you are there for them; whether they need a shoulder to cry on or someone with whom to reminisce & laugh!  Listen to them and allow them to confide in you.  (Do not betray their trust in you.)  Being supportive will prove your friendship genuine.  Keep them grounded with gentle reminders of reality, but balance that with bright hopes for tomorrow!  Keep them somewhat busy, yet give them just enough space to heal on their own. (And don’t judge their ways:)  Bottom line… just be there!


How can I find strength in my time of grief when I’m so incredibly disheartened?

October 20th, 2013

Real strength comes from facing life’s tough realities and realizing that blessings are ahead for you.  First, be genuinely grateful for the gift of your life and focus on pleasant memories, rather than past sorrows.  Then, allow yourself time to grieve, for your heart to heal.  Pray for courage to face each day’s realities.  Others depend on you to be there physically, emotionally and spiritually.  You may experience stages of denial, anger and depression before acceptance.  This is normal.  With all life comes death.  With loss comes pain.  Strength grows from faith.

Is an open casket possible after organ donation?

September 26th, 2013

Yes!  And I advise viewing.  I feel children deserve the option to view as well. With the donation of eyes, simply keep in mind the possibility of slight swelling in that area. During this time of year, we like to give. One of the ultimate gifts is the donation of human organs. There is surely a lifelong deep satisfaction in the hearts of families who make the choice to donate. My heart goes out to such families! I fully supported my wife’s wish to donate her organs… all of them! If you are on a waiting list to receive an organ, I hope your wish is fulfilled, not by the untimely death of an individual, but rather by the unselfish choice of his or her survivors. May we all be thoughtful in the giving, and thankful in the receiving, of such priceless gifts! Peace be with you.

How to write an obituary

September 15th, 2013

When writing an obituary, which should be done ahead of time of course, realize the only folks who will keep it are family members and close friends. Immediate family members are likely to keep it forever and may use it as a means to help introduce, or describe, that loved one to their new loves who never knew the one who died.  For example, I have a son who’s engaged. His mom’s obituary will hopefully help his fiancee feel as if she knew her would-be mother-in-law. When I wrote my wife’s obituary, I wrote it for the future generations!  I didn’t write it to impress . . . I didn’t write it to tell history . . . I wrote it to precisely describe or introduce!

Pre-planning is about life, not death

July 17th, 2013

We plan trips, plan our finances, plan for holidays and plan what’s for dinner, but when it comes to life’s big decisions, it can be easy to “put it off.”

At Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey, we meet with people every day who are planning a special service to honor their loved one who has passed.

We also meet with individuals, couples and families who choose to pre-plan so that on the occasion of their death, when emotions are high, they are not burdened with making decisions such as what casket to purchase, what songs to play and where to be buried. A person does not have to already know the answers to questions like these in order to come in and pre-plan.

We offer “short form” planning guides that assist in the process of pre-arranging.

By pre-planning your own funeral, you are able to make your wishes known. You also can involve your family in making arrangements for your memorialization and relieve you and your loved ones of future financial responsibility.

Generally, funeral plans consist of a two-step process: making the funeral arrangements and funding the cost of the pre-arranged funeral. Selections fall into two categories: the services of a funeral professional and funeral merchandise.

Funeral services include professional services of a funeral director and staff, transportation services, embalming and other preparation, facilities for visitation, funeral ceremony, funeral vehicles, pastoral services, music and grave opening and closing.
Funeral merchandise includes casket, urn or both; an outer burial container; flowers; acknowledgment cards and transfer containers.

Our funeral planning professionals can assist you with your selections and provide a complete explanation of selections and costs.
We’ll help you to put your decisions in writing so there’s no doubt about your expressed wishes in a way that’s simple to understand and not overwhelming. Your loved ones will not be left asking “Did we do the right thing?,” “Did we spend too much …. or too little?,” “Is this what he or she would have wanted?,” and “Did we forget anything?”

Instead, pre-planning offers peace of mind and alleviates financial burden in the future.

Call us today so that we may help you with this important decision.

Honoring our freedom

July 4th, 2013

This Fourth of July, we might find ourselves barbecuing, congregating with loved ones and
enjoying our precious free time. But July Fourth is also a time to step back, take stock
and appreciate the deep freedoms we enjoy every day.

In honor of Independence Day, here are some of the most inspirational quotes on freedom
from great thinkers throughout history.

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has
placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and
freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson

“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope.
So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are
strong enough to keep the faith.” Lyndon B. Johnson

“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” Ralph
Waldo Emerson

“You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.” Robert Frost

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and
courage to be the secret of liberty.” Louis D. Brandeis

“Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” Albert Camus

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that
respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

March: Post Death Security Protection

March 18th, 2013

Nearly 2.5 million people per year have their identity stolen after their death!

There are a couple things you can do to ensure your loved one doesn’t become a victim of identity theft. Tone down the news obituary in the paper – do not give up too much information. Yes, you want to be personal and informative but don’t give away too much.

-Notify all 3 credit reporting agencies of the deceased and have them put a “deceased” flag alert on the account.

-Have someone at the deceased one’s house at all times. Especially during visitation, memorial or service.

-Contact the Social Security Administration directly and let them know about the death and having them flag the person’s social security number as inactive.

-Make sure identity documents are secure and kept away in a safe or a safety deposit box.

Post death identity theft is one of the fastest growing trends of scam artists in the United States today. Armed with your personal information, these scam artists can ruin your family’s credit by applying for credit cards and using your loved one’s credit.

Identity theft is the last thing you want to deal with while grieving over a loss. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry.


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