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Why choose Gay & Ciha Funeral Home?
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 people who come to remember that life, hopefully they get that feeling, that it is individual and unique.
I like to think we are different than some funeral homes simply because we try to care for the deceased as an individual and not just as a funeral – not as a death.
For us it’s not about selling, a casket or an urn. It’s about the life that you wish to remember.
We invite you to compare the differences between funeral homes and see for yourself what so many families have discovered. We have a tradition of service that is… Uniquely Caring.
I once heard a car commercial that has stuck with me over the years, it advertised that they were different from their competitors, and the difference was what made them who they are.
I thought that is how I feel about our funeral home. I have been fortunate to work at a couple of different funeral homes in the area, and with this experience I have learned much.
Not saying that our funeral home is better than another, just saying we are different. Yes our funeral home does what most funeral homes do, we provide care of the deceased, care for the family, have the video tributes, receptions at our funeral home, the limousines, large spacious facilities, good staff, grief support services, pre-arranging services, support local charities and civic groups, everything you would expect from a good funeral home.
But what is different about us?
One we will not call you, knock on your door, send mailings to you pursuing, pressuring you into making pre-arranged funeral services.
We believe that you are wise enough to know when you want to talk about these things, not have someone tell you that you should.
We also feel that it should be a licensed funeral director talking to you about future funeral plans, not a commissioned sales person whose lively hood is dependent on how many pre-arranged funeral contracts they can sell.
Recently I observed on a particular funeral home’s website that they were almost bragging how many people they have signed up through their pre-need salesperson, we won’t do it this way.
Only one of our licensed funeral directors will talk to you about funeral services, and only when you ask us to, whether you stop in or we come to your home, it is all up to you!
Another thing that we feel is different from some other funeral homes, we believe in caring for younger children at the time of a death at no cost for our services to the family. There are few if any more difficult situations in life than to have to bear the loss of a child to death.
Our funeral home has cared for many families, and sometimes those families have had serious financial issues with an illness, or other life situations that make funeral arrangements the breaking point for them. We feel that everyone deserves to be cared for, no matter what and we will see to it that this is done with respect, dignity, and compassion.
Our funeral home in it’s many years of existence has never turned down a family, and we never will!
As a 16 year old young man, who mowed the grass, washed the cars, even polished silver for the guest of social gatherings at the funeral home, to the middle-aged man that has some 30 years of caring for many many families.
You have my word that we will care for your loved one and your family with care and compassion, and individual attention to the life that was lived and loved.
That is why I ask you to compare, and see what so many families have experienced with our care for them at the time of need.
“Our belief, our passion, and our promise to the families
that allow us to care for their loved ones is simply;
we will respect, celebrate, and care for your loved one,
as we would care for our own family.”
Proudly serving the communities of Iowa City, Hills, Coralville, Tiffin, North Liberty, Solon Iowa