A funeral service achieves an important goal: recognizes a life that was lived and has come to an end. Funerals are the medium by which we, as the living, begin the journey of learning how to live our lives without our loved one’s presence. Our staff understands that every individual and family is unique. Everyone has a number of experiences that have shaped our belief system. Our belief system often plays a central role in determining the type of service we choose to celebrate the life of a loved one.

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The staff at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service is committed to providing each family we serve with the utmost care, professionalism and integrity. Our funeral directors are experienced in guiding you through the process of planning the type of service that best fits and celebrates the life of your loved one.

Traditional Service

A traditional funeral service incorporates a public viewing or visitation, a formal funeral ceremony (at the funeral home, a church or another location), necessary automotive equipment, memorial folders, register book, and acknowledgment cards. Floral arrangements are often displayed at the visitation and formal funeral ceremony. Many families find it helpful to celebrate the life of their loved one by assembling photo boards and other memorabilia for display during the visitation.

Graveside Service

A graveside service is held at the place of burial. This may be a private or public service. Families may still choose to have a memorial service at the funeral home, church or other facility of choice. Items such as memorial folders and acknowledgment cards are often selected.

Memorial Service

A memorial service is a formal ceremony without the body present. This type of service may incorporate many of the same elements as a traditional service: visitation, formal ceremony, burial (of cremated remains), memorial folders, register book, acknowledgment cards, floral arrangements, and photo tributes.

Cremation Services

Our funeral homes offer the families we serve a variety of options which include the following:

   • Traditional Service followed by cremation:
This incorporates all of the elements of a traditional funeral service followed by cremation of the body rather than earth burial of the body in a casket.

   • Direct Cremation:
This includes removal of the body from the place of death and cremation of the body. Many families choose to have a memorial service with or without the cremated remains present. This type of service incorporates the elements of a memorial service listed above.

Aftercare Services

Aftercare is an important part of the services which the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service offers to its families. These services are FREE of charge. The weeks and months following the death of a loved can be very difficult and we want to help our families cope with their loss. There are many feelings one may go through, including anger, disbelief, guilt and feeling of depression.

Grief has no time limits. Every person’s grief is different. Never compare your grief to someone else. A grief journey can be like a roller coaster. Your life has changed and your healing process will be your own.

   • Bereavement Support Group
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service offers a “Bereavement Support Group”. It makes no difference the type of loss you have had. Our trained and dedicated staff can help you.

Our group "Window of Hope" meets two times each year, fall and spring. Meetings are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. in various locations for six weeks. The group combines support, education and discussion to assist one in their grief journey. Topics are: Getting Acquainted, The Task of Grief Work, Understanding, Healing Grief, Accepting & Expressing Feelings, Stress & Coping, Remembering and Transition & Reconciliation.

Facilitators are Sally Brenny and Dianne Dahl. For further information contact us at (320) 632-4393.

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   • Children's Grief Connection Minnesota:

We are proud sponsors of the "Children's Grief Connection" formerly Camp Amanda Minnesota. Children's Grief Connection's mission is to: “Bring hope and healing to Minnesota’s grieving children.” This special camp is for children ages 6-18, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent or a significant other. Children's Grief Connection offers kids a chance to talk about their loss in a caring environment while sharing fun, laughter and tears. If you know of a child that would benefit from attending this FREE camp, please contact the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service for more information at (320) 632-4393. As part of our commitment and support to Children's Grief Connection Minnesota, Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service makes a donation for every funeral service during the year, in memory of that person, to Children's Grief Connection-Minnesota.

Children's Grief Connection is operated by the Minnesota Foundation for Children, a charitable project of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association.

   • Annual Service of Remembrance:
For many years, we have held a “Service of Remembrance”. It is held the first Saturday of December in the afternoon. Every person whose funeral or memorial service that was arranged through our funeral chapel, is recognized and candles are lit in memory of the person who died. A member of the clergy is invited to say a few words of hope and encouragement and special music is selected for the service. We have found that this Service of Remembrance is more helpful to families after some time has passed. We care about the families we serve, and the holidays are most difficult for families to go through following the death of a loved one. All families will receive an invitation by mail, which we ask the person receiving to notify other family members.


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