What to do when death occurs…

Holding Hands

Don’t know what to do first? Let us help. When a death occurs, emotions often override clear thought. In an effort to assist you, we have provided a list of some of the important information needed when making the arrangements. You will find it helpful to review this information prior to meeting with one of […]

Funeral & Cremation

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The funeral gives us permission to grieve and help us appreciate the connections our loved one had established with others.  Funeral visitations provide a chance to talk and share stories and memories.  We gather with family and friends and say, “This life was important, this life touched mine.” Planning a funeral can be a stressful […]

Why choose Gay & Ciha?

Loving couple

What does it mean to be uniquely caring? It’s more than a job. It’s more than another funeral. It really is every family. That person who died is a life. To me we should remember the life of that individual in a unique way. We pride ourselves about thinking every service is unique and those […]

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Winifred Mercedes Holland

Winifred Mercedes Holland, longtime Iowa City resident, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 21, 2014, at 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City with the Reverend Rudolph Juarez officiating.  Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery will follow a reception that will be held at the church.  Visitation will be after 9 am on Monday at the church until service time.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Food Bank at the Iowa City Crisis Center.  Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Winifred-Mercedes-Holland-101251657

Bronson L. Ganka

Bronson L. Ganka, 40, of Iowa City, died, Friday, April 18, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.  A gathering to celebrate Bronson’s life will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, from noon until 8 p.m., at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in building C, please dress casually.  Memorials in Bronson’s memory can be directed to his family at www.youcaring.com.  Online condolences and a link to the Youcaring page can be found at http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Bronson-L.-Ganka-101259537

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Funeral Services that are Uniquely Caring

Glad You Asked

  • Iowa City Funeral Pre-planning

    Funeral pre-planning?

    Question:  I’m confused. Do you help families with pre-planning? Answer:  Yes, we do. In fact one of our funeral directors will sit down with families when they want to talk about their wishes, explaining the many options and facts about funeral services for the future. Please feel free to call 319-338-1132 or stop in to […]

  • Iowa City Catholic church funeral

    Catholic church forbids cremation?

    Question:  Does the Catholic Church forbid cremation at the time of a death? Answer: No it does not. In years past, as it was throughout this country, the practice of cremation was not generally regarded as a choice at the time of a death. In our society today this has changed, along with the many […]

  • What to do with prescription glasses

    What can we do with old glasses?

    Question: After my mother died, we had all her pairs of old glasses she had worn throughout her lifetime. What can we do with them now? Answer: Many families allow us to donate these glasses to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, who in turn give them to those in need of glasses in our country […]

  • Glad You Asked: Can women be casket bearers? (Iowa City Funeral Home)

    Can women be casket bearers?

    Yes, women can be. Grandchildren can be. Anyone you designate can be a casket bearer. What’s cool is it involves the family. Even though it’s very difficult emotionally for people to carry their grandpa or their father, or whomever, to the grave it’s also something they can do that nobody else can do for them. […]

  • Glad you asked a funeral director - funeral procession

    Funeral Procession

    When I see a funeral procession coming down the road, while I’m driving, should I pull over to the side of the road? Yes, out of respect for the person who has died and also for their family, pull over. It means a lot to them to know that the community cares enough to stop […]

  • We don't solicit funeral arrangements at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremations

    No Soliciting

    Why am I receiving postcards in the mail and solicitations to make funeral arrangements from funeral homes that I am not familiar with? Some funeral homes have prearranged funeral counselors on staff. It is their job to go out and contact people through mail, telephone or in person and solicit future business. Some funeral homes […]

  • Iowa City Funeral Home - Gay & Ciha - Funeral Rescheduled due to weather

    Rescheduled funeral

    Question: Has it ever happened that you’ve had to reschedule a funeral due to weather? In light of today’s snow storm everyone thinks of school getting cancelled and I wondered if it ever affected planned funerals. Answer: I have. Five times in my 32 years as a licensed funeral director. It has to be really, […]

  • Gay & Ciha Funeral Glad You Asked a Funeral Director - Buried with Wedding Ring?

    Burial with wedding ring

    My mother was married to my father for 61 years and never took off her wedding band. Can we bury her with it or do we have to take it off before burial? You can remove any jewelry you want from the deceased before the burial. You may choose to have it on during the […]

  • Iowa City Funeral Home - Gay & Ciha - Evening Funeral Service

    Evening Funeral Service

    We recently attended an evening funeral service at your funeral home and appreciated the atmosphere surrounding the service. Is this something new? Yes. More families are finding that they like the option of having services in the evening. It allows more people to be in attendance for the services. They don’t have to alter their […]

  • Glad You Asked - What to do when death occurs away from home - Iowa City funeral home

    What if death occurs away from home?

    Always call your local funeral home. Always. They will make all of the arrangements no matter where the death occurs. Overall, it’s less trouble and imparts fewer burdens on the family. It is also less expense if you involve one funeral home from the onset and let them make all the contacts.   Click here […]

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