Why Choose a Locally-Owned Funeral Home

As the population ages, more and more large corporations have entered the “senior market.” This market includes healthcare, long-term care, retirement living and the death care profession. The acquisition of funeral homes by large corporations has become commonplace.

We believe the public is better served by a locally owned funeral home, such as ours. 

A locally owned funeral home is able to provide the personal attention and compassionate care you need and deserve when you experience the death of a loved one.  When we serve your family, we do so as an extension of our own family. Our mantra, “When You Want to be Treated Like Family” is exactly how we approach serving each family that calls us. 

Locally owned funeral homes are not pressured to perform for shareholders or investors. They need not keep up with quotas to meet bottom line profits. We serve every family that calls us personally, without regard to anyone at a corporate office.

Locally owned funeral homes are service driven, while corporate funeral homes are sales driven. We never try to upsell you or try to convince you to buy something you do not wish to have or do not need.

When you select a locally owned funeral home, you are working with people that are part of the fabric of the community.  They are people who live here, send their children to school here, shop here, worship here and of course, own their family-owned business here.

They are active in community events and activities. And when you spend money with them, the money stays here and helps our local economy.

Statistics reveal local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses.  For every $100 you spend at a local business $68 will stay in the community. Locally owned independent businesses return more than three times as much money to the community in which they operate than chain competitors. 

We hire local people, use other locally owned businesses when they need service, and see it as our responsibility to give back to the community. We volunteer for and are members of local organizations. 

When a funeral home is purchased by a large corporation, the name seldom changes. The sign remains the same, even though the ownership has changed. So, it is important to ask when selecting a funeral home, “Who owns the funeral home?”

Joldersma & Klein’s roots have been in Kalamazoo since 1913. Other funeral homes have come and gone. We are committed to serving the people of Kalamazoo at a fair and reasonable price. If you have questions, you are welcome to call us. We are here to help!