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Is Grandpa Still Dead?

Recently I had a child come into our funeral home for a service for her grandpa who had passed away.  The first words out of her mouth were “is grandpa still dead”?  I can honestly say I’ve never had someone ask me that question.  I gave her an honest answer, “yes grandpa is still dead”.  Death is difficult for most of us, but you can imagine how hard it must be for a child to comprehend the finality of death.  We often hear people say that he or she is sleeping which, in my opinion,  is not the correct answer.  I believe we need to be honest and open about death.

As  Americans we are known as “the death denying society”.  Other cultures embrace death and celebrate it.  For some reason, we are fearful of embracing the inevitable.  I would encourage all of us to begin having open discussions with our children and other family members about our eventual death, and end of life wishes.

Kevin Brown-Funeral Director

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 We at Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service are pleased to welcome to our staff  Levi Dockendorf. During Levi’s senior year of high school he completed an evaluation that strongly suggested he become either a professional horse jockey or a mortician.  Despite the suggestions, he opted instead to join the U.S. Army.  Becoming a jockey was never really entertained; however, the idea of becoming a funeral director was always in the back of Levi’s mind.  Fast-forward a few years to the premature and sudden passing of both Levi’s mom and his best friend’s mom.  One of these funerals was very healing and carried out by compassionate funeral professionals; the other was not.  It was at that point that Levi decided he wanted to be in a position to help others during the most painful moments of their lives. 

                Levi has been working as a funeral professional for almost two years.  He has an arts degree from Front Range Community College and will be finishing up his second degree in mortuary science at the end of the summer. 

                Levi is originally from Montana, but grew up a Marine Corp brat, which means he’s lived all over the U.S.  When his dad retired and moved to Colorado in the 90’s, Levi knew he had found home.  Despite some brief stints in other parts of the country, due to Levi’s own military service, he has always returned to Colorado as soon as he could.  In his free time, Levi can be found with a backpack on somewhere in the Rockies with his wife and two children.  

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What happens if I should Die While Out Of State Or Country?

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time. This time can be even more difficult if your loved one dies away from home while traveling. The additional financial strain on top of the emotional strain can be overwhelming. Brown’s is pleased to offer a low cost of $449 single payment travel assurance plan, should death occur while traveling at least 100 miles from your legal residence, this plan would cover all expenses to have your remains returned home from anywhere in the world. We invite you to visit with us for more information.

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