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Shannon Funeral Home has a legacy of four generations of the Shannon family being dedicated to and experienced in funeral services. We believe in personal attention and uncompromising quality. We are independently owned and proud of our long standing traditions, our serene facilities and commitment to detail.

The Shannon Funeral Home family provides families with caring service at times of loss. Personal care is assured while making funeral arrangements, by listening and providing choices. Our staff will assist you and your family in creating a meaningful ceremony to honor the life and memory of a loved one. A ceremony can be anything you wish it to be: simple or elaborate, traditional or unique. No matter how it's tailored, it is an important step in the loss of a loved one.

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Tammy and Marleen,
On behalf of my self and my family I would like to thank you for all your help that you gave us in our darkest hours. Both of you were so very helpful and caring. You made us feel like we were family.

Judy Lukacs
01/22/2019

Shannon Funeral Homes offers full-service burials with interment locally or in any cemetery in Florida. Cremation can include simple (direct) cremation with no viewing or service, cremation with memorial services, traditional cremation with a viewing and funeral service. We can also send your loved one back home to another state or country, as well as receiving them from other states for local services and burial. We have a large selection of caskets, urns, keepsakes and mementos to choose from.

Shannon Funeral Homes are designed with a comfortable atmosphere and vintage charm . Our features include spacious non-denominational chapels, suitable for services of all faiths, private family room for those requesting it, comfortable receiving areas for friends, and a small reception area for your use. You may bring in refreshments or we can take care of everything for you, so you can easily share in the memories and comfort of your guests.

We also provide End of Life Preparedness by offering Pre-need planning assistance. Pre-planning gives you greater peace-of-mind, by making your final wishes known. Additionally, this will remove emotional and stressful nature of making these final arrangements and if you choose to pre-pay for your funeral, the financial burden is removed from your loved ones as well.

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Town Chapel
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1015 14th St. W.
| Bradenton, FL 34205
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Tel: 1-941-746-2111
Westview Chapel
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5610 Manatee Ave. W.
| Bradenton, FL 34209
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Tel: 1-941-746-2111

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The Hardest Conversation: Discussing End-of-Life Decisions With a Loved One

Published: February 22, 2019 by Beverly Nelson of Stand Up For Caregivers

The Hardest Conversation: Discussing End-of-Life Decisions With a Loved One

We’re naturally predisposed to put off thinking about the inevitable as long as possible, but when someone we care for is dying, there are arrangements that need to be made and final wishes that must be honored. No one likes discussing end-of-life arrangements no matter their age, but unless you understand a loved one’s wishes, you could mistake their intentions and overlook something important, complicating things at a very bad time.

When a family member is nearing death, emotions tend to run high, old resentments and suspicions among family members may come out, and it may be difficult for a mortally ill individual to even communicate. The sooner you can discuss end-of-life arrangements, the more likely you are to head off such problems.

Quality of life

There are many factors to be considered, such as the burden of care to be placed on others, how important it is for your loved one to remain at home, what medical procedures aren’t worth enduring, and how to handle pain management. Then, there are funeral arrangements to be made and the disposition of one’s remains to be settled. Of course, these are uncomfortable points for anyone to discuss. Finding the right time and venue can make the difference between a productive and frank discussion, and one that’s overcome with emotion and gets you nowhere.

When and how to have the talk

Always bear in mind that no one should be forced to have this conversation. It takes some people longer to accept the reality of their situation and the necessity of making their final wishes understood. The best-case scenario is for your relative to broach the subject themselves. In some cases, a person facing death may gauge another’s willingness to discuss the situation by asking questions like, “Do you think there’s life after death?” This can be a good way to ease into the subject in a comfortable manner.

If you need to raise the subject yourself, one common ice-breaker is to ask who your loved one would want to contact if they become seriously ill. It’s a way of saying you understand the seriousness of their condition, have come to terms with it and are comfortable discussing the situation. It’s a tactful approach, because you leave it up to them to choose whether they want to respond in kind.

If your loved one is in the hospital or undergoing hospice care, discuss with a nurse how to approach the situation and for advice based on their experience with end-of-life patients. Your siblings should be involved in the conversation if a parent is facing death, and you may want to involve a caregiver, especially if the caregiver is a relative or someone in whom your loved one has a great deal of faith.

Listening

One of the most caring and considerate things you can do for someone who’s nearing death is to be a very good listener. Don’t interject your own views concerning death and its aftermath, especially if they contradict your loved one’s feelings on the matter. Just listen. Let them talk freely. It’s a therapeutic way of unburdening themselves of fears and uncertainties. Be honest and straightforward. Don’t patronize, and don’t worry about saying profound things or being funny or clever. It’s a time for listening, first and foremost.

If it doesn’t go well …

Don’t be surprised if the conversation doesn’t go as planned. After all, it’s a subject fraught with tremendous emotional power, and it doesn’t take much for someone to become overwhelmed as the reality of the situation hits home. Be prepared to try again at a later date after everyone has come to terms with the subject and are in a better emotional condition.

It’s always hard to discuss arrangements that need to be made when a loved one is nearing death. Some people struggle with the finality of it - after all, you’re talking about the death of someone you care about deeply. That may include some touchy subjects, such as whether they want to be revived, what to do with their belongings, if they want to be buried or cremated, and so on. If possible, let your relative set the tone and let you know when they’re ready to have the conversation.

Courtesy of: Beverly Nelson, beverly@standupforcaregivers.org

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