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Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website. Offering Complete, Affordable, Funeral & Cremation Arrangements. We have the LOWEST PRICES (no new expensive overhead) and the HIGHEST QUALITY of WORK (our funeral director has been licensed for over 29 years). We provide a facility that is large warm, open, newly remodeled, comfortable, clean and a home like atmosphere. Our services are handled with personal attention to details, dignity, respect, and we guarantee your satisfaction. Serving the longest in the Ashley Valley area over 69 years. A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in it's deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine it's significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone. It is the goal of BLACKBURN & SONS VERNAL MORTUARY to help people Complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength. These values shape who we are and what we do. If you would like to meet with us or have any further question please call. (435)-789-2611. Our Email is

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FUNERALS ARE A TRIBUTE TO THE DECEASED..... AND A NETWORK OF PEOPLE UNITED IN THE GRIEVING PROCESS FOR THE LIVING One of lifes most difficult events to encounter is the loss of a loved one. This event is no respecter of persons, social status, race, creed or religion. It comes to the rich, the poor, and its boundaries encompass all humans at some point of time in their life and more than often several times during a life span. Each individuals experience varies, according to their understanding of death. Usually death is not viewed in a positive light unless the person has been ill or in much pain and suffering for a long period of time. Dealing with death is usually a difficult time in ones life, emotionally, mentally and physically. Funerals are such a vital aspect for families to rally around each other for comfort and support. Therefore, funerals are not for the dead but for the living. One reason for a having a funeral is to honor the life of the one who has passed away. By reflecting on events that happened in their lifetime, it helps create a better understanding of the person, the experiences that shaped their character and course in life. Talking about bright and glorious days, laughing at the funny experiences that happened to the person, helps to lighten the burden of grief. It can also ease the harshness that death has occurred. Often times, listening to their life history and important events that are mentioned during the funeral ceremony helps to bring reassurance in the value of life lived and recalls memorable moments in their lifetime. By doing this we are reflecting on that persons life span and coming to know the value of his accomplishments in life and thus have a deeper appreciation for the things that made them important to the ones that were the closest to them in their lifetime. This portrays honor and respect for their life and brings a sense of unity and support that helps the grieving families to not feel so isolated. It also brings comfort to know they have support and others are grieving for their loss also. Another reason why funerals are so important is because they bring families together from all corners of the earth to one location. When families come together it builds a bond and unifies their relationships. By this observance brings moral support. At a funeral a family member gives words of comfort to those who are mourning, and words of hope to the living that death is not the end of the story but simply one part of there life. A eulogy is very important because you learn more about their childhood, growing up experiences, their character, occupation, family life, traditions, hobbies, and habits. Cherished memories and stories are shared. During the past two years we have been bombarded with the disappearance of Susan Powell. Great efforts have been made by police and investigators in trying to find her body. This effort was not only to find the perpetrator, but to find where her remains are located. Even the recent events of her husband and the explosion of the house, murdering his two sons, the investigation is still going on. Why? The Cox family wants to find where her body is so they can bring closure. There have been thousands of people that have been killed in the wars on domestic and foreign lands that have been missing in action for over hundreds of years. In interviews with family, they still state how hard it has been to draw closure. They know after this long that they are not alive but the fact that they did not get to bring them home and have a burial for them was a missing part of their lives. When a person goes missing like the lady scuba diver and presumed eaten by sharks, the family had a funeral with an empty casket. Even though the physical body was not there, they still had a funeral ceremony. Why spend the money and time to do this? This same principle applies to everyone going through the grieving process. Closure is essential and funeral services help in the closure process. My dad related to me this personal experience. A man from Vernal was working in the oil fields. His job included turning a large round value that looked like the steering wheel on a truck. This large value would turn the gas on or off and required someone with a lot of physical strength to combat the pressure being tapped. The shut-off valve exploded in his face melting it beyond recognition. The ambulance brought him to our mortuary. My dad knowing that someone in the family would need to identify him and not wanting the family to see the horrible condition of the mans upper torso, noticed that his heavy steel toed boots he was wearing was still on his feet. They had indeed protected his feet from the aftermath of the fiery explosion. My dad realized how he would get the family to identify their loved one. He took off the boots, covered the charred body, showed the wife the feet and she was able to confirm that it was her husband. Thus bringing closure to the bereaving wife, that this was her loved one without her having to see the atrocity condition of his upper body. When coping with a death, a person can go through all kinds of emotions. One may be sad, worried, or scared ( You might be shocked, unprepared, confused, feelings of anger, being cheated of time that will be missed, relieved that they are out of pain, exhausted after months of hospital stay, or just plain empty inside and not knowing what to think or do. Your emotions might be stronger or deeper than usual or mixed together in ways you ve never experienced before. Some people find they have trouble concentrating, sleeping, or eating when coping with death. Others lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. Some people lose themselves in playing computer games, eat or drink in excess. All of these are normal yet, unhealthy ways to react to death. When we have emotional, physical, and mental reactions in response to a death or loss, it s known as grief or grieving. The grieving process takes time and healing usually happens gradually. The intensity of grief may be related to how sudden the loss was and how you felt about the person who died. People who have studied grieving states that is happens in stages but usually it comes in cycles of grief that come and go depending on what you are doing. Many times there will be little things you see or do that triggers flash backs of events or time spent with the person who has died. If you have lost someone in your immediate family, such as a parent, brother, or sister, you may feel cheated out of time you wanted to have with that person. Many people may hold back their own grief or avoid talking about the person who died because they worry that it may make a parent or other family members sad. Some people reach out for support from others and find comfort in good memories. Others become very busy to take their minds off the loss. Becoming depressed and withdrawn from their peers, going out of the way to avoid the places or situations that remind them of the person who has died are some ways to try and dodge the situation. Some individuals do this naturally and at ease with friends and family, while others need professional help. If you do not want to talk about the loss of your loved one, want to be alone and isolated and have deep feelings of depression. If you have a hard time talking about your pain and emotions and keep your feelings hidden within yourself and begin to have suicidal thoughts, you need to seek help. Find someone you can confide in and talk about your feelings. If you feel this cannot be someone close to you then turn to a counselor at school, a religious leader or professional. One proven fact by people who study about grief concludes that it gradually becomes less intense as time goes by, not that it goes away, but becomes able to manage in other ways. Some people have turned their loss and grief in ways to help others. One example of this is the show America s Most Wanted. John Walsh who lost a child that had been abducted founded this television show. He did not want others to have to go through the anguish of an abducted child that had been taken and killed without finding who the perpetrator was. He has spent his time, energy and money producing this show to assist others in finding killers. This is the longest running show of its kind and has helped solve thousands of crimes across our nation. Another way to help is having family and friends participate in rituals that may be part of their religious, cultural or family traditions, funding memorials or spear heading events that raise money, which is donated to find a cure for diseases. This can be done once or every year on the anniversary of their death to commemorate their life and memory by helping others The grieving process is a personal and sensitive process that lasts longer for some people than others pg. 3. There may be times when you worry that you ll never enjoy life the same way again, but this is a natural reaction after a loss. Funerals are the first step in this grieving process and a great way to gather family and friends together to celebrate the life of a loved one. Funerals are not for the dead, but a lasting memorial tribute for the people we have loved and cherished. We, the living, have the difficult time of letting go or saying goodbye and funerals are a way of celebrating their life and their accomplishments. Denial: This can t be happening to me. Anger: Why is this happening Who is to blame Bargaining: If you will make this not happen. Depression: I m too depressed to do anything, or go any where. Acceptance: I m at peace with what happened. 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