The most important virtue when serving a family is “Trust”

In the confusing and disconcerting moments after a loss of a loved one, there is no more important virtue than Trust. Decades ago, there was little thought where a loved one would receive services and to whom the care of that loved one would be turned over to. There was a family funeral home in the neighborhood where people instinctively went to. If anything, there may have been a choice based on faith affiliation. Most funeral homes were indeed operated by long standing families within the parish, or small geographical communities people lived in.

As families expanded and moved further away from the close-knit neighborhoods they’d spent generations in, the decision on who to call when you experienced a loss changed. There was less familiarity. Some of the families that operated funeral homes weren’t the same families, some became corporate owned entities. The guarantee that there was a close relationship between generations of your family and generations of the family operating the funeral home didn’t necessarily apply anymore. But in some cases, that still held true, and the trust built over decades was still in place.

Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home has been a trustworthy choice for over a hundred years. Grandfathers, Fathers, Sons, and their entire families have dedicated their lives to providing the professional and compassionate service to families on the South and Southwest sides of Chicago their entire lives. For generations. Trust has been the virtue that has been ingrained in our family and something we consider absolutely precious to us as we continue to serve our families in our communities no matter how widespread those communities become.

We always want to be the Family that your Family Trusts. We think about that and work at it every day…and night. We’re here for you when you need us.

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It’s important that people know that the Sheehy Family are committed to their families.

 

“My in-laws worked with the Sheehy Family. They knew what to expect, and their expectations were exceeded. They were well accommodated, and the treatment was excellent. When the services are complete, you realize it was first-class and excellent”, states Jim Segredo, a longtime resident of the Southwest Side of Chicago, St. Rita Alumni, and the President of Montini High School.

Generations of Sheehy’s have been taking care of servicing families on the south and southwest sides of Chicago and Suburbs. Community means a great deal to Bob & Jim Sheehy and to the entire Staff of the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home family. A familiar name among all the Faith Communities they serve, the standard of Professional and Compassionate Care and Service is a hallmark of the Sheehy Family.

If we can be of any assistance to your family, answer any questions, assist with pre-planning (click here), or at-need services, let us know, contact our licensed and Professional Staff at  708-857-7878 or www.sheehyfh.com. We’re available every day, at any time of day or night. We will provide you with any of the answers you have or services you may need.

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Cremation is a choice with many options at Sheehy Funeral Home

Cremation has become more common as a final disposition as time goes on. Often families are honoring the wishes of their loved ones who have made this choice. At Sheehy Funeral Home, we are dedicated to offering a full range of options to families with Cremation as the final disposition. Those options include, but are not limited to Direct Cremation, limited services or full traditional services. Many families choose a visitation in our chapel with their loved one present, either within a casket, or a Cremation Urn with a photograph of your loved one. These services can be personalized according to the wishes of the family. We’ve also provided Memorial Services both indoor and outdoor in a Memorial Garden. In the case of a Memorial Service, we can provide Memorial Registry Books, Service Folders, Flag Cases, Personal Floral Tributes, or any theme or motif that facilitate a dignified service for your loved one.

We will coordinate with Faith Directors in parishes and congregations for the most appropriate services. In the Roman Catholic Church, within its Rite of Christian Burial, the burial of cremation remains in consecrated grounds has been approved. Sheehy Funeral Home offers a full selection of urns and containers for burial, entombment, or safe keeping. “Ultimately, we want to give families all of the options available to them. We can pre-plan or make funeral arrangements at-need. We’re here to help families celebrate the life of their loved one in the manner they desire”, says Bill Kiley, a long time funeral director at Sheehy Funeral Home. Whatever a family needs or desires; we’ll provide.

For details about Cremation, Pre-Planning, At-Need arrangements, or any questions at all, contact Bill Kiley or any of our Licensed and Professional Staff at   708-857-7878 or www.sheehyfh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Trust is Everything

There was a time a couple of generations ago where the “neighborhood” funeral home was automatically where you went. It’s just the way things were for families who never considered anywhere else.

Today, that has changed. Families are more spread out and there are many factors to consider before entrusting the services of your loved one to someone or some place. Bob Sheehy will tell you the greatest factor is “Trust”. A Family Funeral Home like Robert J. Sheehy & Sons that has been around a long time in Orland Park and Burbank have the skill, knowledge and reputation, for over 100 years, understand how important Trust is to families.  Knowing that a family is directing the care of your loved one and will be with you every step of the way is important. What has always been true, and always will be, is that these services are the last bit of time that families will have the opportunity to honor their loved one, share fellowship with family and friends together in the presence of that loved one, and properly be able to say their farewell.

You have to get it right, every time, and there are no second chances. That’s why Trust is so important. Bob and Jim Sheehy were taught that by two generations who came before them. With over a century in business, the Sheehy Family has provided services for 5 and even 6 generations of families on the South and Southwest sides of the Chicago area. Simply stated by Bob Sheehy, “It has truly been our privilege”.

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Building a Reputation and Carrying on Important Tradition

It all started at 76th & Halsted nestled between St. Sabina and St. Leo Parishes and it continues 3 generations and over 100 years later within close proximity to 5 large parishes in Orland Park. Being nearby and convenient for families on the southwest side of Chicago and the Southwest Suburbs is important. More important is that we live up to the reputation built over 3 generations and return the kindness and compassion to the neighborhoods, parishes and congregations we’ve been so fortunate to serve.
Our location in Burbank continues to serve communities and parishes in the near south suburbs. Something that remains consistent through more than a century is how many families have carried their neighborhoods and the neighborhood feeling with them no matter where they’ve moved to along the way. It’s still the southwest side of Chicago and as Jim Sheehy describes it so accurately: “it’s truly a very unique place”.

It’s also home to us and our families.

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Taking care of families our father and grandfather took care of

“It’s truly remarkable to us how loyal families have been to our family”, is how Jim Sheehy describes the feeling. Along with his brother Bob, they are the “sons” in Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, with locations in Orland Park and Burbank. The Sheehy name and services is measured not in years or decades, but a century. For 3 generations, the family has been providing funeral services on the south, and southwest side and suburbs of Chicago. So many of the families are families that have been served by Jim and Bob’s grandfather, father and uncles, and now it’s their honor to serve.

“Our name and reputation is important to us because of the generations who served our community before us. To know that when people are experiencing their most difficult and trying times in life, they are choosing us to help them is a very humbling feeling and a great honor for us”, states Jim Sheehy. He adds, “the southwest side of Chicago is among the most unique places there is. The closeness of families and the loyalty among them is incredibly special”.

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Sheehy Funeral Home took care of everything.

In the case of Pat Byrne, when he experienced a terrible loss, he was already a very close friend of Bob Sheehy. It’s only with reflection over some years that Pat wondered how Bob was able to handle the professional elements of arranging and directing funeral services and yet be the emotionally supportive dear friend to him at the very same time. The Sheehy Family has been taking care of family, and friends for 3 generations and over 100 years. After that much time, so many of the families you serve are friends and neighbors and people we know and love. When it’s such a close friend, it reminds you of the impact of losing a treasured loved one. That’s a feeling we do our best to remember with every family we make arrangements for. It’s also a great reminder of what a privilege it is to be in the position to provide the service we provide.

We’re here 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year to help families in Orland Park and in Burbank. For any questions about our Services, Memorials, Cremation,Pre-Planning or At-Need, Contact us at 708.857.7878

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What Families look for more than anything is Trust.

In the past, the determining factor in choosing a funeral home had more to do with location and being close to the neighborhood. What has transcended that now that families are more spread out, is a sense of trust. Knowing that a family is managing the care of your loved one and will be with you every step of the way is important to families. What hasn’t changed and never will, is that these services are the last time a family will have an opportunity to honor the life of their loved one and offer extended family and friends the opportunity to offer comfort, share precious experiences and say farewell as a community to a very loved member of their family.

Connecting to a Funeral Home that’s been there for generations with a family maintaining long relationships over time is important to people. With over 100 years in business, the Sheehy Family has provided funeral services to as many as five generations of families who have chosen them at their time of need or for prearrangements. As Bob Sheehy says, “it really comes down to trust.” It’s a privilege to have the trust of the families who choose Robert Sheehy & Sons.

To discuss funeral planning options at a time of need or for a complimentary pre-planning session with our professional Funeral Directors click here or contact us at 708-857-7878.

 

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Generations of the Sheehy Family serving generations of your family.

“I’ve been going to Sheehy’s since I was a young child” says Willie Winters, a lifelong Southside resident who grew up in a family that always paid their respects to the families in the tight knit communities of Chicago’s Southwest side and close in suburbs, like Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Scottsdale, Burbank, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park. It would be easy to go on and even start mentioning all the Parishes that helped keep those families so close. What Willy remembers then and continues to see now, is the legacy of service for 3 Generations of the Sheehy Family. Willy remembers Robert Sheehy Sr. and is a contemporary of Bob and Jim Sheehy now. “What has remained constant is the ‘Air of Dignity’ among the entire family. It continues to today”. While so many things have changed about funeral homes, like Pre-planning, Cremation, Memorial Services, etc., it remains vitally important to the Sheehy Family that the continued professional service and that “air of dignity” never change. Generations of the Sheehy Family have been assisting generations of Chicago area families in Burbank and Orland Park for over a century. They’re there when you need them, day or night, every day of the year.

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We’ve Spent Over a Century Building Trust

 

“More often than not, it really comes down to trust”. Three generations of Sheehy’s have built that trust for more than 100 years. The Sheehy Family has been serving fourth and fifth generations of families over that time. There was a time over many of those years where families made choices almost strictly on location; the convenience to their neighborhood, church and parish. As the world has become bigger and more spread out, those factors have changed. Families want to turn to trust, professionalism and experience.

Robert J. Sheehy & Sons has never lost sight of the most important reasons people choose a final place to celebrate the life of their loved one, to receive family and friends and to bid farewell to a person who has meant so much to so many. Families trust Bob and Jim Sheehy and the entire professional staff to manage all the details, big or small, so they can focus only on the most important elements of the visitation and funeral services. As customs and traditions change and evolve, the Sheehy Family is there to provide the services the family desires. They can accommodate requests from Pre-planning, to Traditional Services, to Cremation and Memorial Services. They are there to serve families and earn that trust with every service. They’ve been doing so for a long time.

For at-need services, pre-planning services, cremation, memorials, or any questions you may have, we would be honored to speak with you any time of day or night. Our funeral homes are located in Orland Park and Burbank. Contact us at 708-857-7878 or http://www.sheehyfh.com/

 

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SHEEHY FUNERAL HOME OFFERS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR CREMATION

Cremation has become a more requested service in the past several years. Requests for cremation as a final disposition has increased in recent years. At Sheehy Funeral Home, we provide a full range of cremation services that include a direct cremation, or more traditional services that conclude with cremation. These services include, but are not limited to, a Visitation in our chapel, a Church Memorial Service which can be personalized with family photographs, video and memorabilia or even an outdoor Memorial Garden Service. In the case of a Memorial Service, we can provide Memorial Registry Books, Memorial Service folders, Flag Cases, Personal Floral Tributes, or a number of other options that can facilitate a dignified service. Among other faiths, the Roman Catholic Church has included in its Rite of Christian Burial, and approved the burial of cremation remains in consecrated ground.

Sheehy Funeral Home offers a large selection of urns and containers for families to choose from for burial or safe keeping. We also provide suitable containers if your loved one’s wishes include placing their remains in final resting places of their choosing. Cremation is among the options of services available to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. For more details about the protocol and procedure for cremation contact Bill Kiley, or another of our Licensed Funeral Directors at 708-857-7878 or www.sheehyfh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Memorial Services are Part of Changing Family Traditions for Many.

Anyone can choose a Memorial Service and often times it makes the timing of the service more convenient for people who wish to celebrate the life of a loved one. The time constraints of today’s society make it more difficult for people to attend services who would really like to be there to comfort family members and friends. Memorial Services often make it easier to help friends and family plan for a service. Saturday afternoons have become a time many people choose to optimize the chance of people being able to attend. Having a Saturday Memorial Service means families are not forced into a burial the next day with cemeteries not doing burials on Sundays. It can ease some pressure for families.

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OUR GRANDFATHERS AND UNCLES WOULD BE PROUD

“How loyal people are to us is truly remarkable to us” states Jim Sheehy. Keeping the Sheehy name and reputation strong is important to Bob and Jim Sheehy. Knowing that when people need them, they are experiencing among the most difficult times of their lives and they call the Sheehy Family for help, is humbling. Over a century of service and into our third generation of our family serving families on the south and southwest sides of Chicago, we appreciate the loyalty to our service and commit to every family that we’ll do everything we can during their most difficult times.

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MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST

Connecting to a Funeral Home that’s been there for generations with a family maintaining long relationships over time is important to people. With over 100 years in business the Sheehy Family has provided funeral services to as many as five generations of families who have chosen them at their time of need or for prearrangements. As Bob Sheehy says, “it really comes down to trust.” It’s a privilege to have the trust of the families who choose Robert Sheehy & Sons.

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My Friend and My Funeral Director at the Same Time

When Pat Byrne needed the services of his friend Bob Sheehy, he needed his friendship at the time of tragic loss just as much. “I don’t know how he did it” recalled Pat, adding “as a professional he left no stone unturned, while at the very same time providing me comfort at the time of a terrible loss”. He was the first guy to come to Pat’s need as a friend and professional. As Pat thinks back, he doesn’t know how Bob was able to be such a great friend and great professional at the same time. The truth may be that there is no boundary between friendship and service when the families you serve are not just “like family”. They are “family”.

 

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Inside and outside, we wanted Sheehy Funeral Home to feel more like a home.

“When we built our new funeral home in Orland Park, it gave us an opportunity to think a different way about how funeral services could be more comfortable for families and friends who visit during difficult times” says Kathy Sheehy, who created the new décor for the Orland Park funeral home. From softer colors, to large windows providing sunlight, to higher ceilings, to more comfortable furniture, to a large octagonal coffee room with a charming and cheerful patio feel, no detail was overlooked in creating a space that offered comfort. “The sitting areas outside of the visitation area itself are very important to our overall space” according to Bob Sheehy. Adding “Even when people come for Preplanning funeral arrangements, I can see how important these oases of comfort are to them. It’s important to us that people feel that while they’re here, this is their home”.

A Rose Comes Into Bloom Only When We Do Everything Right

One of the most beautiful and rewarding things that happen to us is something we call a “Rose”. That’s what we refer to the letters and cards that come to us after we’ve completed services for a family. “It means a great deal to us when a family takes the time to tell us we exceeded their expectations. The whirlwind of emotions that occurs when a loved one passes is so overwhelming, that when a family sends us a card telling us that we helped them through this difficult experience, it just means a great deal to us”, according to Bob Sheehy. Adding, “With everything they have on their mind, it’s just very touching for them to think of thanking us. We save every one of these notes”.

They’re not just saved. Every member of the Staff is given the opportunity to read the “roses”. Often, one of our Funeral Directors or another valued staff member is being specifically thanked when Sheehy Funeral Home goes above and beyond in the area of servicing the families that have trusted them for 3 generations on Chicago’s South Side, with funeral homes in Burbank and Orland Park. “It’s just nice. They don’t have to do it, so when they do, it’s pretty special” said Jim Sheehy. A rose by any other name is a testament to a job well done.

Mourning is Personal and Has No Start or Finish Time

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There may be no more personal emotion that mourning a loved one. Everyone is a little bit different in how they mourn and how long they mourn. Part of the reason our custom includes a visitation to celebrate a life, is to promote a healthy and very necessary emotional response. While every experience really is truly unique, there are many commonalities among people going through a mourning process. Key events and anniversaries are always liable to inspire an emotional reaction. All of these “firsts” are a reminder that your loved one who celebrated with you is no longer humanly present to do so. These times can be especially difficult. Perhaps the most positive thing about these dates and events is that they are predictable and families can make the effort to be together during these times. It’s wise to plan these events and anniversaries well in advance of the actual dates. They can often be moments of sharing very positive memories of your loved one as well.

Death can be expected or sudden. During particularly long illnesses where debilitation of mind and or body has occurred, much mourning has taken place prior to the actual moment of death. It’s not unusual for people to seem to recover emotionally a bit sooner in these circumstances. It is possible that family has been “all cried out” during a long illness where their loved one has been uncommunicative or compromised significantly over the time of the illness. In cases of sudden deaths, families may be looking for answers and trying to think of ways they may have been able to help, or prevent a death from occurring. In these cases, it is important that friends remain close and help families deal with the grief of losing someone too soon. People need assurance and reassurance from family and friends that death can come randomly and is almost completely beyond anyone’s control.

The most important thing to remember is that “Listening” is the most important gift a friend can offer. Being a good listener is being a healer. The most common phrase at a visitation is “If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask”. What nearly everyone will need is a good listener. Be ready and be generous with your time when the call comes.

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At Sheehy We Offer Several Cremation Service Options

WE STRIVE TO OFFER PEOPLE OPTIONS; INCLUDING SEVERAL CREMATION SERVICE OPTIONS

Cremation has become a more requested service in the past several years. The increase in requests for cremation have resulted from a number of different preferences that range from cost, to a desire to have ashes spread in memorial in special places, to even environmental concerns for space. At Sheehy, we provide a full range of cremation services that include a direct cremation or more traditional services that conclude with cremation. These services include, but are not limited to, a Visitation in our chapel, a Church Memorial Service which can be personalized with family photographs, video and memorabilia or even an outdoor Memorial Garden Service. In the case of a Memorial Service, we can provide Memorial Registry Books, Memorial Service folders, Flag Cases, Personal Floral Tributes, or a number of other options that can facilitate a dignified service. Among other faiths, the Roman Catholic Church has included in its Rite of Christian Burial, and approved the burial of cremation remains in consecrated ground.

Sheehy Funeral Home offers a large selection of urns and containers for families to choose from for burial or safe keeping. We also provide suitable containers if your loved one’s wishes include placing their remains in final resting places of their choosing. Cremation is a key part of the full range of services available to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. For more details about the protocol and procedure for cremation (click here) to contact Bill Kiley, or another of our Licensed Funeral Directors.

Where Technology Enhances Tradition

So much of what we do relies upon generations of traditions and customs in comforting families who have experienced loss. Gathering with the family is an instinctual and compassionate response for people. Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment and professional service that leaves a family with only one responsibility; greeting their guests and celebrating the life of their loved one.

Technology is now a part of our service.

When you enter Sheehy Funeral Home, among the first things you’ll see is a large screen image of the person you are there to honor and a directory to which chapel the visitation is in. It can also relate the information for religious services and place of burial. The person you are coming to honor is usually the first image you will see upon entering. Aside from the very practical benefits of this use of technology, it is viewed as a very warm welcome too.

When you enter our chapel, we have an electronic kiosk for registering visitors. It’s still new for many people, so we have an attendant nearby to help anyone use the kiosk to register their name and address in the guestbook. It’s easy to use and our families have appreciated how much easier it has made it for them to send “Thank you” cards after the services. The technology of the electronic registry has eliminated the problem of trying to decipher handwriting and more complete information is available when the services are over. We provide completely accurate pre-printed envelopes addressed to your guests who signed in at the visitation, saving families hours of time and effort when the efficiency is most appreciated.

At Sheehy Funeral Home, we’re always looking for any way to make a difficult time a little easier.