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June 27, 2012:  Steve Sheets (CFSP), Certified Funeral Service Practitioner was elected, by the District 9 Funeral Directors, to serve on the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA)Board of Directors for a 3 year-term. The District is comprised of the cities of Moorhead, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, Ashby, Evansville, Battle Lake, Barnesville, Elbow Lake, Verndale, Wadena, Henning, Bertha, Sebeka, Perham, Frazee, Pelican Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Hawley and Park Rapids. The Minnesota Funeral Directors Association was established in 1890 “to connect people, resources, ideas, solutions and best practices.” As stated on the MFDA website,, “the MFDA is the statewide resource dedicated to supporting our member’s growth professionally, ethically and operationally. Our mission is to enhance and support funeral service excellence through our programs, legislative representation and service to Minnesotans.” This is accomplished through the core values of the MFDA which are “essential and enduing principles that guide our organization’s behaviors and actions. • Advancing the value of funeral service consistent with the changing needs of society • Advocacy on behalf of consumers and members • Visionary leadership-trust and confidence in staff and volunteer leadership • Promotion of integrity; honest and ethical behavior with the funeral industry • Collaboration with others in the interest of consumers and members • Recognize the importance of education as a vehicle to enhance both public service and public image.”

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Memorial Day 2012: 120+ people attended the dedication ceremony of the Perham Veterans Memorial located in the Perham Village Cemetery.

Please feel free to visit the memorial, East Old Hwy 10, Perham, to pay

tribute to our veterans. 


Progress!  The solid granite base was set on May 11, 2012, in preparation for the installation of the granite tablet and side wings.  It was a perfect fit and looks truly impressive.  Join us Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, at noon for the unveiling and dedication of the memorial.  God Bless America!!


Veteran's Memorial at the Perham Village Cemetery.

The foundation set last autumn has wintered over well and is ready

for the granite memorial to be set late in May.  

Remember: You are cordially invited to attend the dedication of this 

memorial, Monday, May 28, 2012, beginning at noon, at the 

Perham Village Cemetery, East Old Hwy 10, Perham.


March 19, 2012

A new grief resource for children and families is now available from

the producers of Sesame Street!  "when families grieve" is a kit 

containing a Sesame Street DVD, a guide for parents and caregivers

and a children's story.  This program is designed to help walk you

and your family through the death of a loved one.  These kits are 

available to the public no matter if we have provided final services 

for the deceased or not.


Nearly 70 people attended the Holiday Remembrance Program on Dec. 10, 2011.

77 individuals attended the annual Holiday Remembrance Program.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

A Holiday Remembrance Program will be held at Schoenberger Funeral Home to recognize those families who have had a loved one die this year as well as assist them on their grief journey.

News and Events


October 24, 2011

The weather is holding so the crew from Lakes Landscaping, Perham, is packing the sand base for the paver installation tomorrow. It is exciting to see the memorial taking shape!

October 6, 2011

The progress on the memorial continues with the removal of the concrete forms.  

Our vision of the completed project is becoming a reality!  Check back for more 

photos as the pavers are installed.



October 5, 2011

The concrete core foundation and bench slabs are being poured today!  Darla Medeck-Johnson is looking over the project site with Jim Hemmelgarn of Hemmelgarn Construction.  It is so exciting to see the area staked out and progress being made.  Travis and Troy Hemmelgarn are building forms and digging the holes for the concrete core.  The weather is in our favor, at this time, so we will continue to get as much of the basic work done as possible.

Keep checking back to News and Events for further updates.


September 28, 2011

Groundbreaking for the Perham Village Cemetery Veteran's Memorial project takes place tomorrow at noon!  Preliminary work has begun with the City Public Works crew relocating the existing flag pole, previously donated by Don and Lucy Olson, to the center point of the memorial.  Updates will be posted as they happen so you can watch the progress of this permanent tribute to all men and women who serve our country and preserve our freedom. 

Save the date:  Monday, May 28, 2012 

Join us at the Perham Village Cemetery, after the VFW Post 4020 Memorial Day program, for the dedication of this Veteran's Memorial!


July 22, 2011

  Five new additions to our lending library arrived today.  These books and others are available to anyone to borrow and use for as long as needed.  It is our hope that these resources will help those who are grieving on their journey to healing.


For Children:

"Lean on Me Gently: Helping a Grieving Child", 2nd Edition, by Doug Manning


From the back cover of the book:  ...Doug Manning provides answers and assurances for anyone who is concerned about a child in grief.  Doug looks at the grieving family, the grieving child and the red flags to watch for.  He also discusses providing a safe place for children to grieve and being a safe person for them to grieve with.  A section of tools and resources is also included....


"For the Grieving Child: An Activities Manual", by Suzan E. Jaffe,  PhD and illustrated by Jayme LaFleur


From the back cover fo the book:..."This colorfully illustrated book explains grief and how exercise, music or something as simple as a hug can be helpful.  The activities focus on emotions through drawing, coloring and writing.  In the section for adults, which should be read first, topics include safety issues, depression and the grieving process."  Desonta Holder-The Miami Herald



For Teens:

"Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance" by Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley


From the back cover:...Teenage grief is hard, lonely and painful. Parents want to know: How can I help?  "Teen Grief Relief" provides  both parents and teens with the help they need.  Shared here are teen stories, feelings, techniques, references and resources for use in not only surviving but thriving after a painful loss of a family member or close personal firend.  The journey can be hard and sad but "Teen Grief Relief" cna be a welcome and comforting companion.


For a Grieving Spouse:

" Reflections of a Grieving Spouse: The Unexpected Journey from Loss to Renewed Hope", by H. Norman Wright.


From the back cover: When his wife passed away, noted grief and trauma counselor, Norman Wright, grieved her absence...and struggled with the sudden emptiness in his life.  Through his sorrow he discovered insights and steps to help him-and you-adjust to life without a partner.  Slowly he learned to draw on God's grace to accept-and even welcome-the future...


"The Tender Scar: Life After the Death of a Spouse", by Richard L. Mabry.


From the back cover: Offering hope and healing for the brokenhearted, "The Tender Scar" addresses the heart-wrenching pain of losing a spouse.  Working from journal entries written after the death of his wife, Richard Mabry uses his own journey as a stepping-stone to a practical discussion of the grief process...