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Immediate Assistance: (616) 453-8263 (Lake Mich. Dr.) • (616) 361-2613 (Plainfield)
Funeral Policies and Suggestions during COVID-19 Outbreak

Life Stories & Obituaries

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May 10, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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May 11, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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May 11, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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May 3, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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May 12, 2021
Woodville, MI

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May 6, 2021
Newaygo, MI

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May 13, 2021
Sparta, MI

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May 7, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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May 14, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

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Funeral Policies and Suggestions during COVID-19 Outbreak

Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes are committed to the health and safety of the families we serve, our employees and our community. We understand the severity and risk involved with the COVID-19, but we also understand the need for the customs and traditions that will assist in the beginning of your grief journey. We will work with your family while following guidelines provided by the CDC, the National and Michigan Funeral Directors Associations. By executive order, gatherings must be limited.

Life Story Experience

Life Story Funeral Homes have a meaningful way to assist your family during this time when the traditional gatherings are limited. We understand the value in talking about your loved one, sharing their life with others as they also share their memories with you. This community sharing allows people to come together, sharing their grief and they begin healing. Using a personal memory page we share your loved one’s story with people, even if they are not at the funeral home.

Memorial Gatherings and Funeral Services

All events will proceed as scheduled. In the event of cancellations or rescheduling, information will be posted on each person specific memory page as soon as possible.

  • Services at the funeral home and cemetery are limited to 25 attendees and additional restrictions may apply at some other locations.
  • If you attend a service, preserve social distancing of 6 feet.
  • We have limited the number of common touch surfaces including eliminating register books and contribution stands. You may sign the digital book at heritagelifestory.com
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • If you are feeling ill, please use abundant caution and stay home.
  • Interact with the family by visiting the memory page of the deceased. You will be able to read more about his or her life, sign the guestbook, share a memory or photo, share a personal eulogy or poem.
  • We have the ability to livestream and record services if desired
  • Immediate services can be schedule for small groups and memorial services for larger groups can be planned for a later date.
  • We can host public visitations. We will work with families to create an environment that can limit gatherings to the maximum of 10 people.

What if someone passed away from COVID-19

We follow strict protective measures as we prepare remains for burial or cremation. The CDC has issued the following guidelines for funeral homes:

  • You can still have a funeral or visitation
  • Bodies can be embalmed using proper industry practices
  • Decedents can be buried or cremated

Arrangement Conferences

We will begin most arrangement conferences over the telephone and use email, fax and other web services as needed. (Zoom, Google Duo) In person meetings should be limited to the minimum number of people and social distancing will be observed.

To discuss this more, we remain available to assist at info@heritagelifestory.com and 616-361-2613

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Heritage Life Story Funeral Home

Van Strien Creston Chapel

1833 Plainfield Ave., N.E, Grand Rapids, MI 49505(616) 361-2613

Heritage Life Story Funeral Home

Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel

2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504(616) 453-8263

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