Dear Karen, we just finished our 3rd STAR class and it went great! I just saw a 3 1/2 year old boy give Marlene (our STAR Teacher) a big hug! Every class is going to be a learning experience and in time will likely get better. You have done such a great job developing the STAR program! All of funeral service should thank you.
I want to thank you for your time and all your input into this class. It was wonderful how you combine the personal traditions with the basic structure of the process. Also, your blending of what a child already understands with this new experience which, may be scary or at least unknown. I believe the girls felt you not only taught them something new but did it in a caring manner. That’s why I’m sure my youngest took your hand after the class and let you pick her up to see her great-grandfather. My parents were very good about explaining funerals, but it was always such a busy time filled with extreme emotions. The kids were kind of left behind to put the pieces all together for themselves. Once again thank you. I hope you continue this program.
Mother of Chris (8), and Jenny (3)
What a wonderful thing you have going with this class. It’s something that is needed. We so often focus on the front end of life (baby classes and classes for older siblings) but we don’t educate on the end of life. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this. I personally was very touched (as were others) to see the children place their STARs in with Grandpa. What a special final tribute to a man who was a great role model for us all.
Mother of Rachel (10), Katherine (14), and Jonathan (4)
What a wonderful thing you are doing! This type of class for kids is so needed. We just didn’t know what to say. We weren’t even sure if we would have the children attend the funeral. We are so glad we did. God bless you.
Mother of Brandon (3), and Sarah (8)
It was wonderful, and we can’t thank you enough! It prepared them and they weren’t alone when first up there viewing and touching – but not in front of strangers. It helped them both tremendously.
Mother of Tyler (9), and Tara (7)
Thank you – this was so wonderful. Just look at them. They were so curious and relaxed around Roy (deceased). It pleases me to see them so at ease – they’re not afraid.
Grandmother of Cory (8), Jill (6), and Cammy (3)
Even though I can’t to talk to my grandma on the phone anymore, I can talk to her in my heart any time.