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 November 2016 - Free Community Workshop

 October 2016 - Pizza & Pre-Planning

 June 2015 - Mattson Funeral Home Awarded Best of the Best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 April 2015 - Free Community Workshop

 

 Heartley Bears Project Featured on KARE 11 NEWS

Mattson Funeral Home and their Heartley Bear project was the featured story of KARE 11 NEWS, on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The reporter does weekly stories called Land of Ten Thousand Stories and our project was chosen for the week. 

We are super excited for the recognition of the project and the volunteers!  Thanks to everyone who has helped us out with this project!  Susan and Paul




Visitors can view the story at: 

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/2014/04/13/heartley-bears-mattson-funeral-home-forest-lake/7649515/ 

 Mattson Funeral Home Business of the Week - April 14, 2014

 

 

 

 Car Wash Weekend


If you own a car, you can do a good deed this weekend.

Members of the youth advisory board at the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau will be washing cars for three hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the parking lot of Mattson Funeral Home at 343 North Shore Drive in Forest Lake.

You decide what it’s worth: A free-will donation will be taken for each car wash.

The youth advisory board is students in grades 7-12 who wish to make a positive impact on the community. They have two sponsors, the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau and the community education department of Forest Lake Area Schools.

The students will use proceeds from the car wash to support future community service projects. Last year, they bought fabric to make fleece tie blankets and donated the blankets to homeless youth in the area.

Students interested in making a difference are welcome to join the board. They will help plan service projects and events, participate in fun programming and become an important part of the community. To join, call Andria at 651-464-3685 or Kristy at 651-982-8328 or visit www.ysblakesarea.org.

The non-profit Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau exists to ensure the success of youth in Forest Lake Area School District communities in Washington and Anoka counties and all communities in Chisago County.

 February 19, 2013 ~ Griefshare

No one needs to be alone in their grief. Join others in their journey on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 at Linwood Covenat Church, 6565 Viking Boulevard NE, Wyoming, Minnesota. The current session will run February 5 - April 30, 2013. Please feel free to join us any time or to contact the church office concerning future sessions. To register, please contact the church office at 651-462-3780

 February 14, 2013 ~ Valentine's Dinner

We invite you and a guest to join us on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., for an evening to celebrate and remember your loved one. Take time to remember the good times you shared with your special someone, the good fortune and wonderful experiences you shared together. The Mattson Funeral Home Family will be hosting a dinner with entertainment following provided by The Jolly Promenaders Dancers and the Croix Chordsmen Chorus at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 East Viking Blvd., Wyoming, Minnesota. Space is limited, please RSVP to Kelly Haus at 651-464-3556.

 November 18, 2012 ~ Service of Remembrance

Please join us for a Service of Remembrance 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service This service is dedicated to honoring the memory of the loved ones who have died over the past year. During the service, a member of your family will be invited to come forward to receive a memorial ornament bearing the name of your loved one. We hope that you will choose to take this with you and display it in your home as a lasting remembrance of the love and joy which you shared. Please extend the invitation to all of your family and friends. Please call 651-464-3556 by Monday, November 5, 2012 to inform us that you will be coming so that we may prepare an ornament before the service. It will help us with our planning if we also know how many of your family and friends will be present. If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the complimentary ornament, we will be glad to deliver it to you, please call us. Additional ornaments may be ordered for $15.00 each. We hope to have you, your family and friends with us at this special time of worship and music. A time for refreshments and sharing will follow the service. The staff of Mattson Funeral Home wishes you the very best for the upcoming holiday season.

 October 15-November 19, 2012 ~ Growing Through Loss

The Lakes Area Grief Support Coalition is once again sponsoring a series of six Growing Through Loss sessions.  These will be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake.  The sessions will be from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and will provide an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues.  Registration begins at 6:45 p.m.  A large group presentation is scheduled for 7:00-8:00 p.m., and small groups will interact from 8:00-9:00 p.m.  

 

 October 20, 2012 ~ Heartley Bear Event

Following the death of his beloved grandfather Hartley, funeral director Paul Hutchison and his family struggled with the idea of getting rid of grandpa's clothing. Knowing it would be difficult to never see him in his favorite shirt and jeans, the family came up with an incredible idea. They would turn his favorite shirt and jeans into a bear that the family could enjoy forever. The joy of seeing the completed bear led Paul to share this idea with each of you. Please join us from 10:00a.m~2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake to create your own Heartley Bear. What to bring: One item of clothing, (preferably nothing polyester or anything that will stretch), extra embellishments and one good pair of cutting scissors. Please RSVP by October 12, 2012 to Kelly Haus at (651)464-3556.

 September 11, 2012 ~ Grief Recovery Support Group

A Grief Recovery Support Group through Grief Share is being held at Linwood Covenant Church, 6565 Viking Blvd. NE, Wyoming, MN 55092 It will begin Tuesday, September 11th and will continue for 13 weeks. It starts at 7:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm. Registration is $ 20.00 (scholarships available) and for further information you may call the church at 651-462-3780.

 

 March 7, 2012 ~ Better Business Bureau Warning to Area Veterans

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has been alerted to an out-of-state casket and funeral supply company, claiming to be “Veterans serving Veterans.” U.S. Patriot Services, of Kansas City, Mo. and Rossmoor, Calif., seems to be focusing on elderly veterans in the Twin Cities metro area—going door-to-door and selling caskets and funeral urns. One of those veterans lives in Lakeland, and according to a report filed with the BBB, he was recently charged more than three times the cost for funeral urns, compared to another funeral service company. The veteran was able to get the company to refund his money after being made aware he’d been over charged. Based on how their paperwork is drawn up, the company makes it seem as though they’re offering interment in national cemeteries free of charge as part of their sales package, a press release from the BBB states. However, all U.S. veterans who are honorably discharged from the military are eligible for free interment in national cemeteries, meaning this is not a benefit U.S. Patriot Services or any other funeral service company can offer. Here’s how the incident happened, according to a report filed with the BBB: Basically, a representative from U.S. Patriot Services solicited a Lakeland veteran door-to-door, Dan Hendrickson, a spokesperson from the BBB said. They informed him they were a veterans’ organization, or that their company served veterans, and offered funeral supplies—urns and caskets—at rates better than he would get at most funeral homes. The Lakeland man listened to their pitch and agreed to buy two urns, Hendrickson said. Apparently a short time later, after he received his urns, he visited a funeral home in Stillwater because he was pleased that he had taken this proactive step of buying the urns. They asked him what he had purchased and quickly realized he had paid far more for his urns than they charged for the very same bronze urns. He paid just over $1,600 per urn and they say they were selling the same product for just under $400. That funeral home company did not wish to be named or speak with the media. From there, the man contacted U.S. Patriot Services and told them—based on what he now knew—that he wanted a refund. The man told them he had a police report number and would also be contacting the Attorney General’s office, Hendrickson said. The company then picked up the urns and refunded his money. The BBB is advising area veterans to ask the company to verify that they’re actually a veterans’ organization. In addition, the BBB reminds everyone to always request multiple quotes prior to making any purchase. U.S. Patriot Services’ General Manager, Shawna Estrada, has been linked to other funeral supply companies, including a company called American Veteran KCA. In 2010, that company reached a settlement agreement with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. As part of the settlement with the attorney general, all customers of that company received a letter stating the company was not affiliated with the VA, nor any national cemetery or governmental agency. In addition, all customers who had purchased caskets from the company were entitled to a full refund as part of the settlement, provided they made that request before a certain date. The company also had to pay a $20,000 fine. The BBB offers the following tips to families and individuals looking to make funeral arrangements: Be an informed consumer. Take time to call and shop around before making a purchase. Funeral homes are required to provide detailed price lists over the phone or in writing. Product mark-ups can be significant. Ask if lower priced items are included on the price list. Check out the funeral service. Contact the BBB for a report on the funeral home. Check whether the funeral services director or embalmer is licensed. Be wary of outrageous claims. Sellers who claim to have a product or service that will preserve human remains over the long-term are misleading you. Funeral providers cannot determine how long a casket will preserve a body, so keep that in mind when deciding whether to purchase the more expensive “sealed” or “protective” casket. Also, a casket is not legally required for a direct cremation. Research funeral home service fees when shopping for products elsewhere. The Federal Trade Commission’s Web site at www.ftc.gov has information on charges that are prohibitive. Embalming is not always required. You are not required to have embalming if you choose direct cremation or immediate burial. Resist high-priced sales pitches from funeral industry vendors. They should treat you with compassion; not pressure you. Consult a friend or family member. It might be a good idea to take along a friend or relative when you visit the funeral home or talk to a funeral service representative. Someone who is not as emotionally invested as you are can assist with difficult decisions. Get everything in writing. Compare the posted prices and any oral promises with those listed in the contract. The contract should itemize all prices and specify any future costs. Check the contract for any restrictions. Carefully read contracts and purchasing agreements before signing. Ask if the agreements you sign can be voided, taken back or transferred to other funeral homes.   Also, note, in most cities; including the City of Forest Lake, a peddler's permit is required for all door to door sales.  This permit is issued by the City of Forest Lake.  For a related story, please view the link below.

 http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2528632.shtml

 

 

February 13, 2012 ~ Annual Valentines Luncheon

Just because your loved one is gone does not mean you cannot celebrate the love you shared. Remember the good times shared with each other, be thankful for having the good fortune and the wonderful experience of loving them and hold dear to your heart that they loved you too! We invite you and a guest to join us for lunch on Monday, February 13, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Vanelli’s on the Lake, 55 South Lake Street, Forest Lake, Minnesota.  Please RSVP by February 8th to Kelly Haus at (651) 464-3556 so we can make the necessary arrangements.

March 17, 2012 ~ Heartley Bear Event

Following the death of his beloved grandfather Hartley, funeral director Paul Hutchison and his family struggled with the idea of getting rid of grandpa's clothing. Knowing it would be difficult to never see him in his favorite shirt and jeans, the family came up with an incredible idea. They would turn his favorite shirt and jeans into a bear that the family could enjoy forever. The joy of seeing the completed bear led Paul to share this idea with each of you. Please join us from 10:00a.m~2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake to create your own Heartley Bear. What to bring: One item of clothing, (preferably nothing polyester or anything that will stretch), extra embellishments and one good pair of cutting scissors. Please RSVP by October 7, 2011 to Kelly Haus at (651)464-3556.

Faith's Lodge Tribute Ceremony

Faith's Lodge will be hosting a Holiday Tribute Ceremony on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the The Woman's Club, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis. This event is free and children are welcome to join their parents for this beautiful evening.  This is a wonderful way to honor and remember our children. There's still time to have your child's photo included in the ceremony. Please see www.faithslodge.org for additional information.

Worldwide Candle Lighting

Every year around the world, families must deal with the holiday season after the loss of a loved one. In response to the need for families grieving the loss of a child Compassionate Friends, a national self help organization created Worldwide Candle Lighting that will take place this year throughout the US on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Please see www.compassionfriends.org for a service in your area or light a candle in honor a child where ever you may be at 7:00 p.m. this Sunday. In doing so their light will always shine

 

 

Join us 11/11/11 to "Salute our Veterans"

   

 

(Below we have placed the information provided in the Forest Lake Times newspaper.) 

Programs will honor veterans Friday, Nov. 11 Led by FL Legion, VFW members.

It’s tradition in America to pay honor to veterans and in Forest Lake on Friday, Nov. 11 a host of school and community events will take place. The annual community Veterans Day program will be hosted at American Legion Post 225, 355 W. Broadway Ave., starting at 6 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by Post 225 and VFW Post 4210 of Forest Lake. Forest Lake Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Minnesota National Guard, will serve as guest speaker. Remarks will also come from Legion Commander Krista Goodyear and VFW Commander Lowell Peterson. The program will also include the dedication of 17 new granite pavers for the Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Memorial Park. That will bring the total of memorial pavers to 125 honoring the military service of veterans. The program will be capped with a meal courtesy of Mattson Funeral Home, Forest Lake. Free will donations will support fire prevention DVDs. Other events in the community are planned. The joint Legion-VFW color guard will take part in a school program at Century Junior High starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. From the junior high, the color guard will take part in Veterans Day programs at Birchwood Health Care Center and the Arbors in Forest Lake at 2 p.m. and at The Meadows in Wyoming at 3 p.m.

http://forestlaketimes.com/2011/11/09/programs-will-honor-veterans-friday-nov-11/

  

  Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service Receives National Recognition for Innovative Programming, Outstanding Community Outreach  

 

On October 24, 2011, Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service was honored with the 2011 Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during its International Convention & Expo in Chicago, Ill. Only 147 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Mattson’s among an elite group of funeral service professionals. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities. To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas the funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. “Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Services’s voluntary participation in the Pursuit of Excellence program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE. “This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home’s front door.”

 

Service of Remembrance

Please join us for a Service of Remembrance 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service This service is dedicated to honoring the memory of the loved ones who have died over the past year. During the service, a member of your family will be invited to come forward to receive a memorial ornament bearing the name of your loved one. We hope that you will choose to take this with you and display it in your home as a lasting remembrance of the love and joy which you shared. Please extend the invitation to all of your family and friends. Please call 651-464-3556 by Monday, November 7, 2011 to inform us that you will be coming so that we may prepare an ornament before the service. It will help us with our planning if we also know how many of your family and friends will be present. If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the complimentary ornament, we will be glad to deliver it to you, please call us. Additional ornaments may be ordered for $15.00 each. We hope to have you, your family and friends with us at this special time of worship and music. A time for refreshments and sharing will follow the service. The staff of Mattson Funeral Home wishes you the very best for the upcoming holiday season.

Growing Through Loss

A six-week offering of Growing Through Loss grief support sessions will be offered by the Lakes Area Grief Support Coalition on six Monday nights from October 24th through November 28th. The Sessions will be from 7-9 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake, Minnesota. If you desire more information, contact Growing Through Loss director Beth Lawrence at 651-464-3395.

 

 October 15, 2011 ~ Heartley Bear Event

Following the death of his beloved grandfather Hartley, funeral director Paul Hutchison and his family struggled with the idea of getting rid of grandpa's clothing. Knowing it would be difficult to never see him in his favorite shirt and jeans, the family came up with an incredible idea. They would turn his favorite shirt and jeans into a bear that the family could enjoy forever. The joy of seeing the completed bear led Paul to share this idea with each of you. Please join us from 10:00a.m~2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake to create your own Heartley Bear. What to bring: One item of clothing, (preferably nothing polyester or anything that will stretch), extra embellishments and one good pair of cutting scissors. Please RSVP by October 7, 2011 to Kelly Haus at (651)464-3556. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith's Lodge - a Place Where Hope Grows (Donations are greatly needed due to storm)

What an amazing place for families to go after the death of a child. We’ve sent several families there that have benefited from this amazing place of healing.   Please read how they were impacted from the storms on Friday and the desperate help they need to keep going for so many families. If you can help at all, please do!  To go to their website directly you may view them at  www.faithslodge.org which will allow you to make a donation if able.   Below is the information on WCCO's website of the devastation also. 

DANBURY, Wis. (WCCO) — The weekend storms have devastated a local retreat for parents and families who are facing serious illness or the death of a child. Officials say Friday’s storm wiped out most of the 80 acres of Faith’s Lodge, leaving only the retreat’s building standing. “It was like a shelf, the wind, everybody went for cover. I crawled in here the first day to get to the building. Once I got up here, I just couldn’t believe it. It was really emotional and it’s hard to look at,” said Faith’s Lodge Manager of Operations Evelyn Nyberg. “So sad, just the families I had to call and tell them not to come. We had people from Ohio and Virginia supposed to be here today. We are going to need a lot of help.” Faith’s Lodge provides families a place to stay, reflect and heal while a loved one is facing serious illness or in the recent events of the loss of a child. “It is like a sacred ground, that is what this place is, sacred ground,” said Ben Wheeler, who first came to Faith’s Lodge in October of 2009, after his son River died from SIDS at just six days old. At the time, Wheeler and his wife painted a heart shaped rock with River’s name on it, and placed it in a tree. Tuesday, among all the wreckage, he found his son’s rock among the fallen trees. “It’s a little piece there is hope there will be this again. We know all our kids are here. We knew right here when I walked up and heard the windchime. I knew there was still hope here,” said Wheeler. In front of the lodge, a windchime still rings out. While the forest fell, the chimes never moved from their place on a splintered tree. “Faith’s Lodge is a place where hope grows and it’ll be OK,” said Nyberg. The lodge will be shut down for the month of July. The staff is asking for donations to help with the cleanup, donations of trees, and say volunteers may be needed.  

May 30, 2011 ~ Memorial Day Breakfast

From 7:00 to 9 a.m., Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Forest Lake will sponsor a  free buffet breakfast at the American Legion Post 225, 355 West Broadway, Forest Lake for the community. The funeral home is picking up the tab for all who come to eat. As a means of supporting the Forest Lake Veteran’s Memorial, those who partake are asked to make a free will donation to the memorial drive. Suggested minimum donation is $5.00.  Seating on May 30 is limited, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Mattson Funeral Home (651) 464-3556.   

On May 30th all donations raised will help provide dollars to complete the main portion of the veteran’s memorial at Lakeside Memorial Park. The memorial will pay special honor to those service members from the area who gave their lives in the nation’s wars. 

 

 

April 14, 2011 ~ Planning Ahead Seminar

  January 10, 2011 ~ Heartley Bear Event

Following the death of his beloved grandfather Hartley, funeral director Paul Hutchison and his family struggled with the idea of getting rid of grandpa's clothing. Knowing it would be difficult to never see him in his favorite shirt and jeans, the family came up with an incredible idea. They would turn his favorite shirt and jeans into a bear that the family could enjoy forever. The joy of seeing the completed bear led Paul to share this idea with each of you. Please join us from 10:00a.m~2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake to create your own Heartley Bear. What to bring: One item of clothing, (preferably nothing polyester or anything that will stretch), extra embellishments and one good pair of cutting scissors. Please RSVP by March 16, 2011 to Kelly Haus at (651)464-3556. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 With Greatful Hearts 

     As we gathered at the funeral home on Sunday, November 21, 2010 to remember those who we have been honored to serve over the past year, we were reminded just how unique and beautiful each of their lives were and how each life had a purpose that was necessary and created through the works of God. For many, it was the first time they had returned to the funeral home; knowing how difficult those steps were we were overwhelmed and humbled to have over 200 of those family members gathered together with us. At the end of the evening, as those family members left, they had found comfort in knowing they were are not alone and that their loved ones uniqueness and sparkle will forever remain in our hearts. 

     On behalf of our entire staff we would like to thank each of you for coming into our lives and without even knowing making a difference to each of us. Our lives have come together for a reason and in finding that reason, know you are a part of our family and you and your loved one will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank Pastor Bob Headley, Bonnie Wurscher and the entire music community at St. Peter’s Catholic Church for all they gave to each of us. 

With Grateful Hearts,

Paul and Susan Hutchison 

 

November 21, 2010 ~ Service of Remembrance

Join us at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 21, 2010 for our Service of Remembrance.

This service is dedicated to honoring the memory of the loved ones who have died over the past year. Please call 651-464-3556 by Monday, November 8, 2010 to inform us that you will be coming.  It will help us with our planning if we also know how many of your family and friends will be present.  We hope to have you, your family and friends with us at this special time of worship and music. A time for refreshments and sharing will follow the service. The staff of Mattson Funeral Home wishes you the very best for the upcoming holiday season. 

November 11, 2010~ Veterans Day Community Breakfast

Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service will be hosting a free community breakfast to celebrate and honor Veteran’s Day on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the American Legion Post 225, 355 West Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake; from 7:00-9:00 a.m. This event is open to all veterans, their families and the community. Attendees will be asked to leave a free will donation; with all donations going to the continued work needed at the Forest Lake Veterans Memorial. Those wishing to attend are asked to call Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 651-464-3556 by Monday, November 8, 2010 to RSVP. 

 

October 21, 2010 ~ Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service Receives National Recognition for Innovative Service to Families, Outstanding Community Outreach 

Forest Lake, Minnesota – On October 11, 2010, Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service was honored with the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence® Award by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during its International Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La. Only 166 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service among an elite group of funeral service professionals. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities. To achieve the Pursuit of Excellence Award, NFDA-member funeral homes must evaluate components of their business against standards set forth by the Pursuit of Excellence program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of the funeral service profession. Participants are required to fulfill criteria in six categories of achievement that demonstrate commitment to: complying with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Mattson Funeral Home’s voluntary participation in the Pursuit of Excellence program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE. “This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home’s front door.” To learn more about NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award program, visit www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence. NFDA is the world’s leading funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent more than 9,900 funeral homes in the United States and internationally. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy Division office in Washington, D.C., NFDA informs, educates and advocates to help members enhance the quality of service they provide to families. For more information, visit www.nfda.org. 

 

 

 October 16, 2010 ~ Heartley Bear Event

Following the death of his beloved grandfather Hartley, funeral director Paul Hutchison and his family struggled with the idea of getting rid of grandpa's clothing. Knowing it would be difficult to never see him in his favorite shirt and jeans, the family came up with an incredible idea. They would turn his favorite shirt and jeans into a bear that the family could enjoy forever. The joy of seeing the completed bear led Paul to share this idea with each of you. Please join us from 10:00a.m~2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake to create your own Heartley Bear. What to bring: One item of clothing, (preferably nothing polyester or anything that will stretch), extra embellishments and one good pair of cutting scissors. Please RSVP by October 8, 2010 to Kelly Haus at (651)464-3556. 

 September  15, 2010 ~ Calling all "Would Be" and "Wanna Be" Knitters  and Crocheters: 

Come knit with a group of ladies at the funeral home that have found an exciting way to use their talent to help others.  Next Meeting will be 1:00 p.m., September 15, 2010 at Mattson Funeral Home.  Future knitting projects may include: premature baby caps, chemotherapy patient hats, lap blankets, and other necessary items for people in need. You can donate your time or supplies which will be used in the projects. Items can be dropped off at Mattson Funeral Home. 

Please contact Kelly Haus at 651-464-3556. 

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Memorial Day Community Breakfast

Want to spend a few bucks to help the new Forest Lake Veteran’s Memorial and sample the new kitchen products of Vannelli’s by the Lake at the same time? The public will have that opportunity on Monday, May 31 prior to the annual Forest Lake Memorial Day program at Lakeside Memorial Park in downtown Forest Lake. From 7:30 to 9 a.m., Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Forest Lake will sponsor a buffet breakfast at the restaurant, 55 S. Lake St. The funeral home is picking up the tab for all who come to eat. As a means of supporting the veteran’s memorial, those who partake are asked to make a free will donation to the memorial drive, said Paul Hutchison of Mattson Funeral Home. Seating on May 31 is limited to 400. All proceeds raised in the form of the freewill donations will go directly to the fund drive. Free tickets can be obtained in advance at the funeral home, 343 North Shore Drive. Committee members who are leading the way for the construction of the memorial will be busy at the site near the gateway to the park on Saturday installing the first batch of pavers which contain the names of service men and women from the area. 

A total of 63 pavers honoring men and women who have served in the nation’s wars have been purchased so far. The May 31 fund-raiser will provide dollars to help complete the main portion of the veteran’s memorial at Lakeside Memorial Park. The memorial will pay special honor to those service members from the area who gave their lives in the nation’s wars. Following the 9 a.m. park program on May 31, veterans from the area are planning a brief dedication program at the memorial site. At the program, Kelly Freudenberg, a Gold Star mother from Columbus who lost her son, Eldon Arcand, during the war in Iraq, will be the guest speaker. 

Forest Lake Veterans Memorial Pavers

Dear Forest Lake Residents:

My grandfather is a World War II veteran, having proudly served in the United States Navy. I am honored to know he selflessly served our country during one of the most trying times our nation faced; as I am sure you are proud of the sacrifice your loved one gave as well. Two years ago I was asked to be a part of the Planning Committee for the Forest Lake Area Veterans Memorial Project. I gladly accepted the invitation to be a part of the planning process for such a valuable and much needed memorial to our nation’s heroes. I am excited to share with you that the memorial will be a reality in our community. Forest Lake Area Veterans Memorial will be located on the east end of Broadway Ave in Lakeside Memorial Park in the semi-circle of the current four flag poles. One taller flag pole will be added in the center displaying the flag of the USA. Symbolic of the POW or MIA soldier there will be a cutout silhouette of a soldier saluting near the POW/MIA flag. At the base of the eastern most flag is a kneeling soldier near the main large granite wall (about 8 by 10ft). It will have names engraved of our Forest Lake area fallen comrades. The front will also have tributes, patriotic quotes and large letters saying “Forest Lake Area Veterans Memorial” and a lower line “Lakeside Memorial Park”. Within the semi-circle, six granite pieces represent the five military Services with one extra for future needs. They will each have important history vignettes of the Services. The eastern walls are low for sitting and have red flowers reminiscent of red poppies. The four silhouettes on the ends of the walls depict Patriot Guards holding flags. The semi-circle on the west side of the sidewalk is a proposed interactive water feature with lights to draw interest to the area and conversation about the memorials. It will either have splash pads with water gushing upward and/or water fountain jets sequenced by computer. The water flows to floor grates by the west wall and is recycled, filtered and chemically treated. The walk area is made of granite pavers, both small 4”by 8” and large 8”by 16”. These can be purchased with engraving to honor any relatives and friends, living or deceased, who have served our country to preserve the freedom we enjoy today. You may order your tax deductible engraved paver through Forest Lake City Hall by using the attached order form on the tri-fold brochures that are in area business of Forest Lake. Other donations to this project will be greatly appreciated as well. A dedication ceremony will take place following the annual community Memorial Day service held in Lakeside Park. All pavers ordered and paid for prior to April 15, 2010 will be installed prior to the Memorial Day dedication. If you have any questions or need further information regarding the memorial, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and for the dedication your loved one gave to our beloved United States of America. 

Sincerely,

Paul R. Hutchison

Funeral Director/Owner 

September 10 - 13th

The "Wall that Heals" will be located at the J.V. Ball Field at Chisago Lakes High School (across the road from the South End Zone of the new Football Stadium). the Main Event will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00 a.m. This is the last year the official replica will travel. 58, 249 names of those killed or missing in action are inscribed on the wall. The Wall is open 24 hours and throughout the days all 58, 249 names will be read aloud with the ringing of a bell. Contact or ride information is at 651-257-6633.

 

Community Visit to the Veteran's Memorial Dedication

Forest Lake area Vietnam veterans will have the opportunity to attend the Vietnam Veterans event Saturday, June 13, 2009 on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds. Thousands of veterans, families,friends and supporters are expected to gather on the Capitol Grounds to honor and remember all Veterans who served during the Vietnam era. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, this event is designed to unite the Minnesota community in support, gratitude and celebration of the brave men and women who served during the Vietnam War era. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature guest speakers, period music, Vietnam memorabilia, food, Vietnam veteran reunions and more. A replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial also will be displayed. If you are a veteran and want to reserve your seat for the bus trip to the Capitol, please call Mattson Funeral Home at (651) 464-3556. Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service will also be hosting a community food drive through June 13, 2009. All non perishable food items may be dropped at the funeral home Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00. All items collected will be donated to Community Helping Hand. 

Thousands of veterans, families, friends and supporters gathered on the Capitol Grounds to honor and remember all Veterans who served during the Vietnam era. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, this event was designed to unite the Minnesota community in support, gratitude and celebration of the brave men and women who served during the Vietnam War era. Local veterans traveled from Forest Lake to the Capitol along with funeral director Kari Eberhardt, aftercare coordinator Kelly Haus and prearrangement specialist Vicki Nelson. In appreciation one guest wrote "Thank you so much for a very special day at the Veteran's recognition. It was a very memorable day and we sincerely appreciate your outreach of generosity and kindness to our Vietnam Vets! The bus ride to the capitol and the lunch were appreciated! Thank you for your kindness."

 

Be the Change Program

It’s a sense of fulfillment…accomplishment…the satisfaction and the knowledge that you’ve done something good and meaningful…that you’ve helped in some way. Those are just a few of the things you’ll feel when you’ve taken action and worked to make a difference in your community or in the lives of others. Making a difference is the entire concept behind Mattson Funeral Home and Cremation Service’s Be The Change Program. Whatever the method – be it random acts of kindness or planned giving, whether it’s giving your time, talents or financial support to a friend or family, or someone you’ve never met before – Be The Change is about seeing a need and taking action to help. It’s always our goal at Mattson’s to make a difference in our community and in the lives of the families we serve. Be The Change is a way for us to share ideas, projects, and inspiration in a broader way. We know there are people in our communities who do great things every day. We’d love to hear about them, and we’d like to pass them on because we believe those stories will inspire others. That’s another aspect of what the program is all about. If you have a story you’d like to share about someone who’s made a difference, or if helping someone else has changed your own life, please submit your story to info@mattsonfuneralhome.com. * One of the first stories we hope to share will be from the recipient of our $500 Be The Change Cash Prize Drawing. We’re kicking off our Be The Change Program at the 2009 Spring and Swing Home Opener Home Show on March 21st. In exchange for a ticket to register for a $ 500 cash prize drawing, each attendee is asked to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the Mattson Funeral Home booth the day of the show. (All food items will be donated to our local Community Helping Hand.) At the end of the day’s events, the winner will be drawn…and here’s where Be The Change comes into play. “We’re asking the winner to use $250 (half) of the cash prize to make a difference right here in Forest Lake. It could be donated to a local charity, organization, or used to help someone else in need,” said Susan Hutchison, funeral director. “Once the winner has determined how they’ll use the $250, we’ll feature their Be The Change story on our web site’s News and Events page.” The cash prize drawing, however, is only a small part of Be The Change. We’ll be adding to the program over time and looking for other ways to grow the concept. We’re hoping area residents and businesses will join the effort and become partners in creating positive change. Be sure to check for future postings right here on our News and Events page. Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service reserves the right to edit, refuse, or post written articles at our discretion.  

 

Community Trip to Holidazle Parade

With the holiday season fast approaching and the difficult times many families are facing with the economy, we felt this would be a perfect way for families to spend time together while enjoying some of the holiday festivities. We are hosting a free bus trip to the Macy's Eighth Floor Holiday Display and the Holidazle Parade for Sunday, December 21, 2008. The bus will depart from Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake at 4:00 p.m., guests may meet at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m., for refreshments prior to departing. Following the parade, the bus will return to Mattson Funeral Home at approximately 8:00 p.m. Seats are limited, please RSVP to the funeral home (651-464-3556) by 12:00p.m. Friday with the number attending. 

 

Heartley Bear Event

On Saturday, October 25, 2008, the lives of over 55 people were changed by the act of kindness of our community. On behalf of those families we would like to take a moment to thank all the volunteers from our community who gave their time and talent to help these families make a teddy bear out of their loved ones’ clothing. We would also like to thank Melissa and Chad Haseltine of Bella Flowers, Memories and More and the members of our community for their generous donations. You will never know how much all your time and talent meant to those families. We were overwhelmed to see a woman cutting a sheet she had kept after her mother died, twenty years ago and with the help of so many, she turned it into a bear that she will have forever, and the woman who left with a bear made from the dress her beloved grandmother wore to her wedding. This incredible day reminded us that throughout our day to day lives, each and everyone of us consciously and unconsciously make a difference in the lives of so many. “Each life tells a story in pictures and in words. Memories are like pictures we share with ones we love and share life with. As we remember the laughter and the tears, the joy and pain, we pay tribute to those we have lost. When we remember, this is our memorial. The greatest memory of all is to not be forgotten and therefore…never really lost. Take time to remember.” 

Susan and Paul Hutchison and the staff of Mattson Funeral Home

 

Star Program

Understanding death can be rough for adults, let alone for children. Confusion can be a part of the sadness, so Mattson Funeral Home in Forest Lake is trying to help work through that confusion. The funeral home is offering STAR, or "What is a funeral anyway? A Special Time to Always Remember." Last week, aftercare coordinator, Kelly Haus helped explain the terms funeral, hearse, casket, and more to a group of children. The children start with a coloring book that tells the story of Grandpa Amos dying. The funeral home provides literature featuring traditional and cremation funerals, depending on which service is taking place for their family member. The half-hour program usually takes place during the visitation time for family. It is geared toward kids 3-18, but can be helpful for people of all ages, Haus said. Anyone who hasn't gone through the process of losing a loved one could benefit from this program. It can also be good for parents to observe to know how to talk to their children about death. Funeral directors Paul & Susan Hutchison said they learned of the program and "thought immediately of how good it would be to offer it in Forest Lake." Paul said, "As owners of Mattson Funeral Home, we're always looking for ways to benefit the community, and this is a perfect fit." "It is a perfect fit", said Haus, "because it ties in very well with our existing aftercare programs here at the funeral home." Haus has personal contact with families after the funeral. She follows up with phone calls, visits, information, or whatever they may need. With her knowledge and experience in helping adults, she's also now better able to help kids. Besides explaining what a funeral is and what it entails, she said she also touches on grief - "what that is, and what those feelings can be" - although she explains that everyone is different and grieves in their own way. The children's program is designed for one meeting only, when the family is participating in the visitation. The program is free, and is an option for families to take advantage of. Besides reading through and working on the coloring book, Haus gives each child a keepsake picture of their loved one that they can write or draw a message on to keep forever. The children also receive a star they can write or draw a picture on and can put in the casket with the deceased if they wish. "The benefits of explaining funeral terms and preparing children for what they might see in the days following the death of their loved one are many", said Susan Hutchison. "When certain things about death or funerals are hidden from children, their imaginations tend to fill in the gaps. They may feel fear, or act out in frustration because they don't understand what's happening. They might also be reluctant to talk about the death and bottle up their feelings and emotions. This program gives them a healthy way to learn about what's happened, and to know that it's OK to be sad, and it's OK to talk about it." Haus and the staff at Mattson Funeral Home are offering to present the STAR program to any area group that would like to know more about it. They're also available to present it to area children's educators, teaching staff, or school counselors. Appointments for the presentation can be schedule by calling the funeral home at 464-3556. Funeral don't have to be sad or confusing, but rather a "Special Time to Always Remember" loved ones and a time to celebrate their life. The STAR program can help that process. 

 

Busy Hands for Love

 Calling all "Would Be" and "Wanna Be" Knitters and Crochetiers: Come knit with a group of ladies at the funeral home that have found an exciting way to use their talent to help others. The photo above shows some of thier labor of love that was recently donated to the Forest Lake Senior Center. Next Meeting September 17, 2008 1:00 P.M. Future knitting projects may include: premature baby caps, chemotherapy patient hats and other necessary items for people in need. You can donate your time or supplies which will be used in the projects. Items can be dropped off at Mattson Funeral Home. Please contact Kelly Haus at 651-464-3556. We look forward to seeing you. 

 

Jeff Christensen Legacy

Posted: 1/25/06 in the Forest Lake Times Ranger leaves legacy in mountain photos Cliff Buchan News Editor It’s been six months since Ranger Jeff Christensen’s death from a fall while on backcountry patrol in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s been six months of grieving and coping for Jeff’s parents, Chris and Dale Christensen of Forest Lake. They learned much of the love and caring that so many felt for their son during the massive, frantic one-week mountain search and the days that have followed. Park officials determined Jeff died on July 29, the first day of his backcountry patrol. Learning to cope with the passing of a vibrant and life-loving 31-year-old has been made a bit easier for the Christensens thanks to their son’s steady hand and artistry with a digital camera. It was just 18 days before Jeff Christensen’s fall and death in the high country of the national park that he filled a media card with scores of breathtaking images from the park. He had excitedly talked to his mother about the photos and had tried to send the images electronically only to be foiled by incompatible computer systems. For Chris and Dale, the photos were always in the back of their minds. Through a friend of Jeff’s in Colorado, they were able to finally see the images last fall. There were 126 images in all with many capturing landscape scenes near Deer Mountain. “He just liked being in the outdoors,” Jeff’s father said. “He wanted to share it with his mother. He was trying to get the pictures to her some way.” The photos have provided a healing tool of sorts for the couple. They have provided a link to their son and insights into the life he lived and the things he loved. At Thanksgiving, Chris Christensen decided it was time to do something more with the band of photos that Jeff left behind. Not only would the photos work as family therapy, they could also serve a good purpose in helping produce funds for a park memorial in Jeff’s name. Note card sets Chris’ idea has now transformed in a series of blank note cards that carry a select number of the images shot by their son. The couple has selected 18 images from the batch of 126 and has divided the 18 into three sets of six different note cards. A total of 360 sets were printed. “We’ve truly been led by the Lord,” Chris said of the project. “This was such a blessing.” Working with the photos has given the couple a new connection to their son and provided an avenue for keeping his memory alive. 

The packages are selling for $8 each. Once the family’s printing costs are recouped, proceeds will be donated to Rocky Mountain National Park in Jeff’s memory. It is anticipated that funds will be used to supplement park funds for the purchase of 30 automatic external defibrillators or other functions that can assist the park’s search and rescue program, Chris said. The note cards are being sold in park headquarters at Estes Park, CO, and at retail locations in Forest Lake and Wyoming. Local outlets Local outlets where the cards are sold include: Kodiak Coffee. Roxy’s Total Image, Kelly’s, Yellow Bus and Rolseth Drug, all in Forest Lake; Ace Hardware in Forest Lake and Wyoming; Wyoming Drug, Wyoming; and the Wildlife Science Center west of Forest Lake in Columbus Township. The couple has found joy in working with the photos and the opportunity to share a slice of Jeff’s life with the public “I think he would be pleased,” Dale said. “I think he would be honored.” Chris Christensen now understands, in her own way, the importance and value of the photos Jeff so much wanted to share in July of 2005. “If only you knew what you left us,” she said. For more information about the note card sales, write to CCforestlake@aol.com, or call 651-402-8810.

 

 

 

 

 

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