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Local Business

Funeral Directors are Becoming Event Coordinators


Funeral services have changed greatly in recent years. While traditions are still in place, memorial services have been enhanced by the use of technology and thoughtful creativity through discussion with family members.

“I always ask people to tell me about their loved one during the arrangement conference,” said John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. “I believe it’s my responsibility as a Funeral Director to discuss options many people might not otherwise consider. I ask about the deceased’s occupation, hobbies, favorite music, and any other important aspects that describe their life. When people are given the time and additional ideas to consider in addition to traditional services, it allows me to provide a much higher level of comfort for family members and their visiting guests.”

Special details can offer family members and other loved ones the difference between an average funeral and a great funeral. “Our funeral and memorial services have included displays of motorcycles, musical instruments, beach chairs, and photographs,” said Adolf. “We’ve also included video presentations and recorded music, including playlists by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and Hank Williams. We’ve incorporated live performances by professional musicians playing violin, harp, guitar, harmonica, and keyboard.”

There’s much more to a funeral service than just burial or cremation, according to Adolf. “A funeral service should be a respectful tribute to your loved one,” he explained. “You’re the only one that can ultimately decide what that might be. I realize many people I meet with have no idea what to do at the the time of a loved one’s death. My responsibility is to discuss what they are thinking about, offer options, and help them reach the best result possible. My goal is to take a sad situation and make it as pleasant and beautiful as possible.” For more information, please contact:

Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services

John R. Adolf, Director

7000 South Madison Street

Willowbrook, IL 60527


2921 South Harlem Avenue

Berwyn, IL 60402