Read Our Stories
We are here to help you create the ideal rememberance for you or your loved one - one that reflects a life well-remembered. We are dedicated to making your experience with Bradley Funeral Homes an unforgettable one - one in which your loved one is remembered vividly and you are able to begin the healing process.
The stories below are some particularly meaningful services that our funeral directors have helped create. They want to share these stories with you to show you their passion for co-creation of unforgettable services by making an emotional connection with each family that they serve.
We look forward to working with you to create an unforgettable experience.
The Motorcycle and the Scooter by John Caffrey, Funeral Director
As I was waiting in the foyer of the funeral home, I was feeling the usual stress and tension that one feels when they are meeting the family of a younger person that has died. What can I or anyone possibly say or do that will make them feel any better? The cars pull in, the family gets out, the wife, the two daughters and their spouses and the son... Continue reading
Garden of Grief by Rebecca Montuori, Funeral Director
It was a Saturday afternoon when I was working at our funeral home in Chatham. The doorbell rang and there stood a man with his son. His wife was at home; she didn’t have long to live and he wanted to make pre-arrangements. She loved the outdoors and her husband had a vision of the way he wanted the service to go, but everyone else thought he was crazy... Continue reading
Hopes Dashed and A Short Life Honored by Charles Bechtold, Funeral Director
Exhausted from a long day of funerals and fixing problems with the company computer network I went home expecting to have some dinner and turn in early, but that was not to be. I was contacted by our answering service to call the distressed sister of a woman who was going to deliver a baby within the next 24 hours; the baby was not likely to live long... Continue reading
The Dining Room Table by Dan VanderPloeg, Funeral Director
My cell phone buzzed early one morning alerting me to a death call. Hoping not to wake up my family I crept downstairs to a room where I could talk to the surviving family members of the deceased. I could tell they were very upset about their mom dying, and understandably so... Continue reading
A Tribute to Tom - Michael Conners, Certified Celebrant
My name is Michael Conners and I am a Certified Celebrant and Tribute Planner with Bradley Funeral Homes. I would like to tell you the story of Tom and the tribute service we helped plan with his family, because it’s these kinds of experiences that I find so rewarding. I find them rewarding because I get to help families at one of the most difficult times in their lives... Continue reading
A Terrible Tragedy, Squared by Austin Bremner, Certified Celebrant
I am a Certified Funeral Celebrant & Tribute Planner for Bradley Funeral Homes. Earlier this year, as a Certified Funeral Celebrant, I co-created my most challenging funeral experience to date. What set this apart from any other service were the unfortunate circumstances this family was forced to deal with... Continue reading
Handprints by Lauren Hayes, Funeral Director
Out of all the families I've had the privilege of working with, there's one I won't forget. I received a call in the middle of the night from a woman who just lost her middle aged husband, suddenly. He died at home, and I spent the whole ride to their house feeling anxious - wondering how his wife must feel, and what I should say to make it better... Continue reading
To begin the planning process for yourself or a loved one, please click here and start the journey Planning Arrangements. We will guide you through the steps and options - feel free to contact us at any time 973-908-6004. We look forward to working with you.