Pre-Planning provides relief to families.

Keith Granum’s mom had become very ill toward the end of her life for a number of years. During those years where he contemplated what arrangements she might desire, he was not able to talk to her about it, wanting to always keep her spirits up. When he realized that some time before her illness she had made pre-arrangements with Stephen Dawson at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home, and even pre-paid for the arrangements, he felt great relief knowing that she had made her own choices. The financial and accounting burden was lifted as well. Keith’s mission now was to carry out those wishes with Steve’s professional assistance.

The illness had been difficult on Mrs. Granum. Keith brought a picture of her with beautiful curly hair and a beautiful expression. When Keith viewed his mom in preparation for the visitation, he saw his mother appearing as she did in the picture taken 20 years before. As Keith relates, “She looked just beautiful”. Adding, “It was just amazing to see my mom in such vibrance.” As Stephen Dawson will often share, “It’s our mission and responsibility for that lasting vision to be one that is beautiful and memorable”. Keith would confirm that this was the overwhelming memory he’ll have of his mom. As it should be.

For more information, or a complimentary, no obligation consultation, pre-planning or at-need services, call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com. It’s always an honor to serve those who served with such great honor.

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We’re Glad We Came to Sax-Tiedemann

Moises Merlos is a College Student Athlete. A very young person to be responsible for making funeral arrangements for his father. The choice was made with the help of a member of his church community. That recommendation proved to be a very wise one. Stephen Dawson understood immediately how much pressure Moises and his family were under with the passing of Mr. Merlos. He was the provider to his family and took care of all of the important matters. For Moises, this was a lesson in growing up very quickly. With Steve’s help, everything was taken care of for a family that really needed extra help to get through this difficult time. As Moises said, “Soon we didn’t have to stress about anything, it was all taken care of for us, so we could just concentrate on our dad”. 
 
Sax-Tiedemann has been part of their community for close to a century. When the community suffers a loss, they feel it too, and they’re there to help. The Merlos Family loss was sudden and severe. The Dawson Family at Sax-Tiedemann has been around for all of the families in Franklin Park and the surrounding area to minister to families who experience a loss. Especially the very tough losses where families really need a little bit more help than usual. We’re glad they came here too! 
 

For information about pre-need or at-need services, please call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com  We’re very happy to provide a tour of our facilities to any family who would like to visit us.

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When you marry into the life of a Funeral Director; Timothy Dawson

 

Marrying a Funeral Director is a little different than the usual circumstances. To say the least.

Claire Dawson knew when she married Timothy, that she was marrying into a family that had a life that a has lot of wonderful traits; care, compassion, kindness, etc. At the same time, marrying a Funeral Director means your plans might be altered regularly, as you are nearly always on call for families whose need may arise at any time of day or night. For Tim, not so unusual. The son of Steve and Tammi, grandson of Clyde and Jean, he grew up living above the funeral home and knew the nature of this life.

Tammi and Jean spent quality time with Claire to share both the wonderful and difficult aspects of being wedded to a person and being so attached to the work that defines them. As Tim shares, “She still said Yes!”

Claire and Tim and their new baby Theo now also live at Sax-Tiedemann, the 4th generation of the family to do so. With Great Grandparents and Grandparents very eager to spoil this little fella Theo, and very nearby, it’s easy to see what one of the really wonderful things is about marrying into a family dedicated to the funeral ministry. Those middle of the night feedings aren’t quite as daunting either. A Funeral Director is used to getting up in the middle of the night to render aid and comfort. That’s pretty wonderful too.

For information about pre-need or at-need services, please call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com  We’re very happy to provide a tour of our facilities to any family who would like to visit us.

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A loving touch that is always at the ready

Jean Wesolowski is a Bereavement Counselor from her church near Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home. Their services are available to every family that has experienced a loss. Visitation services can be very large or very small, and everywhere in-between. Bereavement Counselors are special kinds of people who understand their roles to the families they are there to comfort and serve during a painful and difficult time.

Jean is there to represent the “parish family” or “congregation family” that has a special relationship with your loved one. Having your friends of faith around you is a comfort to families. They are there to grieve together, pray together and celebrate the life of someone who will be missed by family, friends and fellow worshipers alike. Their blessed mission is to be there for families, and they are. Their role varies depending on the service. Their presence is always appreciated. They are a special and gifted group who understand what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. The professionals at Sax-Tiedemann are in constant touch with Jean and other Bereavement Counselors who can help when you need them.

For information about pre-need or at-need services, please call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com We’re very happy to provide a tour of our facilities to any family who would like to visit us.

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Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home prides itself on being a “teaching” funeral home.

 

The service ministry of Sax-Tiedemann to families goes even beyond the families being served who have experienced a loss. With a long time commitment to training students and interns in becoming Funeral Directors, Sax-Tiedemann provides an opportunity year round to students to study and live at the Funeral Home. In addition to serving as a Senior Funeral Director, Sean Sweetman is a faculty instructor at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Being an intern at Sax-Tiedemann is a highly sought after opportunity according to Sydney Houghtalin, a former student, now Licensed and practicing Funeral Director. As Sydney states unequivocally, “everyone wants to come to Sax-Tiedemann because it’s the best opportunity to be really involved in all aspects of our profession.” Sean adds, “it’s rare to get this much of a hands-on opportunity, living and working at the funeral home.”

Our Funeral Home has always been dedicated to our profession, and helping students acclimate into this vocation is very important. “It’s important to the profession itself that students and young interns learn the very best practices in becoming funeral directors. It’s absolutely within our mission and our ministry to help promote and advance our calling and theirs”, states Stephen Dawson, President of the Funeral Home, and the 3rd Generation of his family’s ownership and operation of Sax-Tiedemann. He adds, “we learn too with every student that comes to us.”

For more information or a consultation, pre-planning or at-need services, call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com.

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The 4th Generation of our family to serve our community

 

Timothy Dawson, son of Stephen & Tammi Dawson and grandson of Clyde & Jean Tiedemann Dawson has become a Licensed Funeral Director. Timothy will be the 4th Generation of his family at the family owned and operated Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home in Franklin Park.

He didn’t exactly hurry in. As Tim states, “I took a while to find out exactly what I wanted to do. I remembered doing odd jobs around the funeral home while younger. After college, it occurred to me how comfortable I felt here and what a special place this was.”

For Stephen & Tammi Dawson and Clyde & Jean Dawson, Timothy’s entry into Mortuary School was a celebratory moment. Being a funeral director is something a person should enter into freely and with dedication to the families in the community, and the person doing so must hear that calling on their own. Timothy did, and is, now working his way toward the legacy of 3 generations before him.

Family-owned and operated funeral homes are the most important kind. The generational legacy of service and connection between the Dawson’s (Tiedemann’s) and the congregations, parishes, organizations and communities in the area are over a hundred years and growing. Another generation is a blessing. We’re continuing that legacy and we thank each and every family that has entrusted us with the care of their loved ones.

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Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home – Roots & Wings

Jean Tiedemann Dawson created a tapestry piece still framed in the lounge of the Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home that states, “There are only two lasting things we can give our children….one is roots, the other wings”.

Clyde and Jean Dawson, now retired, have entrusted the family legacy to Stephen and Tammi Dawson. Stephen often refers to his mom’s crewel work in the upper lounge.

When families are fearful and confused, Stephen reminds them their family dynamic will sustain a loss, even profound loss, and they will stay together by committing themselves to one another. By remembering they have strong and enduring roots, and wings that enable them to be free. It doesn’t mean those first flights won’t be troublesome. The determination to use what our parents and loved ones gave us is what will inspire us to keep spreading those wings and keep trying until our flight is smoother. At Sax-Tiedemann, families are encouraged to be as much a part of the service as they can be, as much as they’d like to. Customize your “good-bye” to be what comforts you the most. That’s an important mission for the Dawsons.

Funeral Services are very much part of the healing process and serve to bring people closer. That’s something that matters very much to the person whose life is being celebrated.

For more information or a consultation, pre-planning or at-need services, call 847-678-1950 or email us by clicking info@sax-tiedemann.com.

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