Testimonials

We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

  • Ken Wishart

    Emily, I wanted to thank you, as well as Mary and Ryan for Sundays' service on behalf of all of the Wishart family, for the extraordinary care you took in providing our family during our time of need. Your compassion and professionalism throughout did not go unnoticed, and we wanted you to know how much we appreciate your kindness. Our guests were also very complimentary of your company and staff. Read more

  • Beatrice Hanson

    Everyone involved with this organization is AMAZING! My heartfelt thanks for Lasting Tributes. It was like they treated my family as if it were to be their own. Read more

  • David E Levasseur

    I just wanted to personally thank Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam. It has taken me a long time to write this because no one really ever wants to think about it or talk about it. Back in December of 2015 we lost our daughter. The staff was exceptional with helping us with deal with the situation. They made a bad situation bearable. The reason I'm finally doing this is because once again we turned to them for their services. I'm not sure how many people are aware that they offer pet services too. Earlier this week we unexpectedly lost our German Shepherd of 9 years. Not knowing what to do with him because he passed away in our home I contacted the office. Once again, they were extremely helpful. My son and I brought Alex to them and they were very respectful and sincere while we sent him off with them. I am sorry I can't remember the name of the man who helped us. Today Alex's remains returned home to us. I can't thank Fellows Helfenbein and Newnam enough for their services and compassion. Read more

  • Beatty Pyle Hanson and Family

    On behalf of my family I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the thoughtfulness and respect that you and your staff shared with us during this difficult time in our lives. Your hospitability of welcoming us into your “home” expressed comfort and inspiration that we truly were gathering for a celebration of life and not a sad goodbye. Knowing the staff at Lasting Tributes held us all together gave me the much needed peace and comfort after the journey I had just traveled with my mom. The beautiful food display created by your firm earned many smiles and was truly a gift from the heart. It was a beautiful and loving touch that I know mom would have loved. Please thank everyone for me and share a hug with them from the bottom of my heart. The Lasting Tributes Family has again touched my life and again you have offered me comfort when needed. I will always have a special place in my heart for all of you. Again, I truly appreciate your staff as well as your entire family and offer my heartfelt gratitude for such a beautiful tribute. With Warm Regards, Beatty Read more

  • Debbie F.

    Emily, I can’t thank you, Vince, Ken and especially Pastor Ben for everything you all did to make Mom’s service go as smoothly and beautifully as it did. We got so many compliments on the service. My mom would have been touched by the turn out and the outpouring of love for her passing. We will be in touch about the internment of her ashes and appreciate the offer of holding them until later in the Spring when the ground and weather is better. Read more

  • Jay Family

    My family and I want to thank you for all your assistance in making arrangements for Buds celebration of life an his committal at Arlington. Your guidance was very helpful during this emotional time. Read more

  • The Rowley's & Co.

    Dearest Emily, All of us would like to extend our thanks and gratefulness to you for all the amazingness that you have provided to us in this difficult time. My brother said he knew right away upon making the difficult next step, you guys have heart. We felt so supported by you. We also felt at ease and confident that we could manage, somehow. The service was incredible. It was equally peaceful but with a positive light. Exactly how our mom would have loved it. Thank you so much making the day, the week, this difficult time a little easier, a little brighter. We really, really appreciate you very much. Much love. Read more

  • The Dettor Family

    After the sudden & tragic loss of my amazing husband & father of our two children, by the Grace of God, we found Ryan and Lasting Tributes! Ryan and his entire staff are not only the upmost professionals, they are exceptional human beings. The level of care, compassion & the handling of every minute detail was precision. When we walked into the funeral home the afternoon of our Memorial Gathering, it was nothing short of AMAZING!!! I know that may sound odd to say about my husband's funeral; but the multiple displays of all his personal effects, clothes, hats, trophies, memorabilia, the poster boards of pictures, the music, the huge posters, etc..etc...was gorgeous! It truly took my breath away, it was beautiful! It was an AMAZING TRIBUTE to the AMAZING MAN my husband was too so many! We had nearly 1000 people come through that afternoon & evening. Every single one of them commented on how incredible everything was to see! Friends are still talking about it! Further, the next day at our church service, every detail was again perfect! It truly was an amazing celebration of my amazing man. I have said several times; every funeral home should be modeled after Lasting Tributes! I cannot begin to thank you Ryan & your entire staff enough for your exceptional care of us. Although this is the single most devastating event my family has had to endure; you & your staff showed us the way and how to actually celebrate the wonderful life of this great man. Again, I cannot begin to THANK YOU enough! THANK YOU! Fondly, the entire Dettor/Evans Family Read more

  • Nora B.

    The professional & caring services we received made our loss more bearable. My entire family was so pleased with the care we received & continue to receive one month later. Thank you! Read more

  • Celeste A.

    Thank you so much. You have been beyond great throughout this whole experience. It has made it much easier for me at this very stressful time. Read more

  • Esther Snowden

    In life, there are many paths you can take and many people who share the journey...But it's the special people who help you along the way, and it's the most important people who care enough to give of themselves unconditionally. Thank you for being one of those special people. Ryan, I can't begin to thank you for your assistance during the passing of my beloved mother "Puddin". She thought the world of you and would be pleased with the arrangements. Read more

  • Joan D.

    Your service was excellent. Leslie was so helpful with all the phone calls she made for me as well as filling out all the forms. That is is a wonderful service and I've recommended Lasting Tributes to my friends. Read more

  • The Joy Family

    This letter is long overdue. I just want to thank you, Emily and Lasting Tributes supporting staff for everything you did for my family and the burial of mom, Barbara Joy. The day of the funeral, Emily and her staff did an outstanding job! I can't thank her enough, everything went perfectly and I didn't have anything to worry about. I heard so many compliments from the church staff on how Emily handled everything and how she was one of the best they had dealt with from all surrounding funeral homes. During one of the darkest times of our life all of you made it easier than I ever thought it could have been. Read more

  • Dennis Family

    Thank you for the sincere expression of professional services shown to our family at the loss of our loved one Allen E. Dennis. We appreciate all you've done to ensure us with peace and comfort. May Got continue to bless you. Read more

  • Julie D.

    All funeral homes should be modeled by Helfenbeins: period!!! I thank God we found them! Read more

  • Thomas H.

    I cannot express how thankful we were with the service of the funeral home. The director was very helpful in sending information & explaining things over the telephone until we arrived in Maryland. Read more

  • Jacqueline H.

    Your Funeral Concierge, Leslie, provided to us at no cost, was a real hands-on help in dealing with all the paper-work that follows. I think all funeral homes should provide this. Read more

  • The Simms Family

    The Simms Family would like to thank you for your EXCELLENT and PROFESSIONAL services during this difficult time for the family. Thanks for all your help and guidance in making this transition a lot easier for my family. Read more

  • Tammy W.

    In our families case, death came quickly, just days after meeting with your staff. Although John was in Hospice, we had a very long time to say goodbye previously. Immediately your staff was in action to provide us with caring service, wise wisdom and made all of us feel like you were family. Thank you. Thank you. I can think of nothing that could have been done more perfectly or with more grace and dignity for John. Your post-help with legal matters and the binder you provide EXCELLED! Read more

  • Judy McCartney

    Hi Emily!! I had SO many people say to me during and after Mom's visitation and funeral what a wonderful setting and tribute we had for her! I told them I met with you and everything just fell into place....almost like there was divine intervention!! One of my aunts said it truly felt like a celebration of Mom rather than a funeral......We really will never be able to thank you and the Lasting Tributes organization enough!! Read more

  • Reiko Mutuura

    Dear Staff at Lasting Tributes, I would like to thank you ever so much for all the caring and thoughtful efforts to bring my mother back to Canada. My mother now rests in peace beside my father. I appreciate all the hard work you have done to make a difference at the time of sorrow. Thank you for caring. Read more

  • Ingrid Lamb

    It was a pleasure meeting you last month regarding the flower arrangements for Michael Pitt's memorial service. Thanks so much for your attentiveness with all of the plants. They all looked great and everyone was happy taking something home for their garden or home in honor of Michael. The Pitt family really appreciates your efforts on their behalf. Read more

  • Diana Mathis

    Our sincere thanks for the excellent assistance you and the staff of Lasting Tributes provided with Mother's funeral arrangements, our celebration of life, and her interment at Arlington National Cemetery. From the early stages of pre-arranging Mother's funeral to the day of her burial, everything was handled with much caring and understanding by you, Emily, and Amanda. Our family and friends were very complimentary of the quality of Lasting Tributes' attention to detail, providing ample space to gather, and the generous and much enjoyed refreshments. Rick and I also appreciate your arranging for Anthony to drive us to Arlington. We enjoyed Anthony's delightful personality as well as his professional and courteous presence. Thank you again, Ryan, and best wishes for much happiness and continued success in all your endeavors. Read more

  • Donna S.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful set up for Bill's memorial service on Saturday. Everything looked fantastic and my children and I all felt that everything went exactly as we wanted it. Mary was wonderful to us also. She estimated we had about 150 people there and everyone was able to sit. It went incredibly smoothly from beginning to end and we got only compliments from everyone. We appreciate all the work you put into it. Read more

  • Jackie Lynn

    Thank you Lasting Tributes Family. We, the Lynn Family, would like to thank you for making our difficult time much easier. We especially would like to thank Leon and Mary for their time and effort to make everything go smoothly. Thank you for everything! Read more

  • Edie Cratty

    Just wanted to say thank you to you, your family and the staff at Lasting Tributes....dad's services way exceeded our expectations! Everyone was so kind, helpful and understanding. All efforts were much appreciated and very noticed. We have received so many kind words about the day/s. Many thanks again?? Read more

  • Fred Kelly

    Thanks again to Amanda and Ryan for your excellent service Read more

  • Brenda Brown

    Thank you for taking care of me. I've had to deal with many funeral homes in the past and it has always been dreary. You're a special funeral director. The first I have ever liked! A funeral director who actually makes you smile. Read more

  • Hodgson Family

    My mom LOVED the 3D printed helmet urn. Thank you so much. The memorial was just what my dad would have wanted. The hall at the firehouse was filled, in fact they ran out of chairs and it was standing room only. It was such a beautiful memorial. Thank you again for everything you have done! You really made this difficult situation as easy as it could of been for us. We are so appreciative and thankful! Read more

  • Denise Contee

    The service was wonderful and your staff was absolutely professional and showed genuine concern and support for our family during this time. We appreciate your services. Read more

  • The Estella Ward Family

    A special thanks to all for a great job on our Mother and making her homegoing special. Read more

  • The Beazley Family

    To our dear friends, Emily, Mary, and all of the staff, There are not words to tells you how wonderful it was working with you. You actually heard all of our concerns and requests right down to the "Footprints" verse on Doug's card. The seed packs and beautiful hanging flags meant so much, to me especially. Our guests had time to socialize with each other and didn't have to leave for a reception. You just read our minds and everuthing was better than I had in my head. We has SO many comments on how you and our family had it so comfortable and respectful the whole Life Celebration was. The folder you gave to us has just a wealth of information in it. You missed nothing! Most people there had never been to a service like this, and they said they know where to go now, and at least they have a choice to chose from. We will be forever grateful to all of you there and your caring so much! Read more

  • Family of John P. Dempsey

    Your kindness, helpfulness and compassion to me and my family during the time of my fathers passing will always be remembered. Please express my appreciation to your entire staff. Read more

  • Stephanie Basil

    The staff was phenomenal & I have already recommended Lasting Tributes to many others. Read more

  • Gregory Guidry

    Everything was PERFECT...timely, no problems, got exactly what I wanted (needed). Emily is the BEST! Thank you. Read more

  • Leslie Moss

    Hi Emily, Everything was just perfect!! Thank you and to everyone for making it a celebration!! Read more

  • James E. Merna

    This is to express my heartfelt appreciation for the reinterment services you provided last week for my late dependent daughter Catherine Ann Merna. It involved close coordination and meeting tight deadlines on your part with Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg, Maryland and the Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia, and the timely legal approval of the States Attorney in Prince George's County. You more than met, in fact exceeded my epectations for the services provided. You made it happen. My family members were extremely pleased with the results of your professionalism and reliability. Should any of my friends in the future require the services of a competent funeral home director, I wouldn't hesitate in the least to refer them to your firm. Again, thanks for coming through when I needed it. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more

  • Jack R. Mawhinney

    Ben: Your professional service at our memorial reception for my wife Hanne Mawhinney on Saturday, 14 February, was absolutely excellent. Thank you very much for everything. Sincerely, Jack R. Mawhinney Read more

  • Attila Horvath

    We wish to express on our as well as the family's behalf our most sincere gratitude for the funeral services Lasting Tributes afforded us this past week. We came to your office under unexpected and very demanding circumstances which your associate, Emily Murphy, handled very professionally, competently and with great sensitivity. We would like to emphasize, when it looked like my wife's mother's remains would not be able to be repatriated in time for the scheduled funeral service in Canada, Emily, while on vacation, successfully facilitated the transportation to its final destination while still leaving time for my wife's mother to be prepared for viewing and funeral services in Canada the following day. With everything else our the family members were experiencing, Emily and her associates shouldered a huge burden on our behalf. Because of Lasting Tribute's efforts, family members who came from long distances to attend her funeral were able to do so without further upsetting their travel plans thus relieving them from further stresses under the circumstances. For all this and more, we thank you once again and a special mention to Emily. Read more

  • Robert Harwood, Nila Coates and Family

    I wanted to send my heart-felt thanks to all the staff at Lasting Tributes for their professionalism during my mother, Elvira Harwood’s, funeral service. They were inviting and comforted us in this difficult time of our mother’s unexpected death. The ambiance and the timing of the music was perfect. Ryan’s coordination could not have been better. Thank you, Ryan and the entire staff of Lasting Tributes. God bless Read more

  • Phyllis Sym Mitchell

    What a wonderful experience being able to have Lasting Tributes handle my husband Jack's funeral. He wished for an "Irish Wake" type ceremony and you and your staff certainly fulfilled his wishes and ours. Thank you for your wonderful staff...Emily, John and Amanda. It was comforting to know they were taking care of every detail in a very professional and friendly manner. Memorial seed packets, Irish prayer cards with Jack's photo, and printed programs were ready for distribution to friends and family. The friends and relatives sign-in pages were embellished with shamrocks as another Irish detail. The portrait of Jack was a meaningful surprise. Thank you, thank you. We didn't have to worry at all. It was an entirely stress-free day for our family and myself. The bagpiper dressed in full dress kilt was great in providing the perfect atmosphere and beautiful music during the ceremony. During the weeks after the funeral many friends and relatives commented on what a beautiful memorial mass it was and as a result I provided them with Lasting Tributes contact numbers, etc. It was a wonderful tribute to Jack and meant so much to his sons and their family as well as mine. Best wishes to all of you for much success in the future, good health and happiness. Read more

  • Peggy Holmes and family

    I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to you and your staff for the outstanding service that was provided during the recent loss of my husband. From the moment I called at 5am on Sept. 11th, to pick up the body at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home until we left the Veterans Cemetery on the 16th I can not tell you how satisfied I was. As we were driving home, my son said to me, "under the circumstances, it was as good of a day as it could be." Emily Murphy was quite responsible for this. She is skilled beyond her years. Right from our first meeting, she instilled confidence in me that everything was going to be just fine...and it was. She is truly an asset to your organization. PS: LOVED THE LEATHER BOUND ORGANIZER AND FLOWER SEEDS Read more

  • Tressa Doordan

    Just wanted to thank you for hosting a lovely service for my mom. I really did appreciate how easy you made it for us! Many thanks to your whole crew! Read more

  • Katie Wheatley

    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to make my fathers service as fantastic as it was. You and your staff did a really amazing job setting the memorial up to showcase the man my father was. I appreciate it greatly Read more

  • Mark DiIonno

    The display was beautiful. Classy, elegant and joyful too. I can't thank you enough for the care in which you handled Paul's service. Mary was wonderful too,very gentle in her instruction and dignified in her total approach to the days' events. Read more

  • Anonymous

    Given the circumstances our experience with Lasting Tributes was exceptional - professional, caring, exactly the right touch. Many of the Annapolis locals at my Mom's funeral commented that their families had always used Taylor's, but that they would have to rethink that! Read more

  • Ernie Bilhuber

    I was extremely impressed and most satisfied with the entire plan and service. This is a 5-Star funeral home! Read more

  • Bernadette Baylor

    Dear Ryan, It is such a pleasure working with Emily on my husband Warner's arrangements. She is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. At a most difficult time in our lives, Lasting Tributes is an enormas help. Read more

  • Joseph Pickens

    Dear Ryan and Staff, I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for all you did in caring for my Uncles' funeral last week. The treatment we received and the facilities you provided were both first-class. I also want to thank you for your kindness to my Grandmother; I know she appreciates your friendship a great deal! Read more

  • Christian, Elizabeth, and Matthew James

    Dear Ryan and Staff, Thank you for organizing and hosting a beautiful memorial service for our Father. It was a fitting tribute and I think he would have enjoyed it. Read more

  • Ms. Rowan

    Dear Mr. Helfenbein, Thank you so much for taking the time to come in and talk to our class about your career. We really enjoyed learning more about what it's like to be a funeral director and how rewarding it can be! Thanks ag Read more

  • Jean Hagen

    Dear Ryan, This note to you is to express my appreciation to you, Emily, and Mary for making my experience with Lasting Tributes an exceptionally rewarding one. Your wonderful staff was the most pleasant of any funeral home I've known, even that of my parents funeral. I will certainly let all my friends know of your professionalism. Thank you so much for taking such good care of Hugh and all of his family. Read more

  • Teresa Sutherland and the family of Mary J. Castagnola

    Ryan, I cannot thank you and the staff of Lasting Tributes enough for handling my mom's funeral for us. Your competence and professionalism lightened our burden and made a very sad and emotional time for us far less stressful. You knew when to step in and when to respect the privacy of our family, and the arrangements were perfect - the portrait, the video, the picture boards, the flowers, the homemade cookies, coordinating with the church, coordinating with the cemetery - everything. My mom looked beautiful and at peace, and I am eternally grateful for all you and your staff did for her and for us. Read more

  • Martha Myers

    Dear Emily, Thank you for the smooth transition and explanation of the ins and outs of services for the passing of loved ones. We all have differences and it's nice to have someone to offer suggestions. You were very helpful. Read more

  • Elena Hammond

    My husband and I would like to thank you for all your help. Your professional and personal advice made everything easy. You can be assured we will recommend you to all our friends and family. Again, thank you. Read more

  • Judy Taylor

    To Ryan and Staff, It's the perfect time of year to say thank you again for my recent tour with you, and your facilities. Everyone made my visit comfortable. All my questions were answered. You are funeral service professionals! Read more

  • Fowler Church

    Thank you very much for all you do for us! Read more

  • Kathy White

    I just wanted to send a quick thank you for yesterday's service. Everything was perfect and my Mom and I greatly appreciate everything. I'm taking my Mom to WV tomorrow but we'll back back for a meeting with Leslie on Friday. Thanks again! Read more

  • Gordon

    Dear Emily and Amanda, I looked for angels on a Thank You card, but had to settle for butterflies. I hope that is alright. I can't thank you enough for the help and comfort you provided me during this time of sorrow. You truly have helped in making her (my Lynne's) passing to a far better place. I truly believe that! With love to you both, Read more

  • Pat

    This is a belated note from me and my family to say a big thank you for the wonderful gathering you and your staff put together to honor my husband, Skip, on July 30. We couldn't have asked for anything better with the wonderful display of memorabilia from Skip's Army and police service to his love of boating and sports and especially the many photos of our family - his first love. Well, actually I was his first love but his family meant everything to him. The hundred or so friends who joined us that day had more nice comments about the afternoon in his honor than I could include in this short note. They and we have never experienced a remembrance of a loved one quite like that provided by Lasting Tributes. The video with accompanying songs loved by Skip and me set the tone of the afternoon to remember all the good times over our sixty years of marriage. The baseball card created by Amanda was a real hit and I have sent many of them along to friends who were unable to be with us that day. And another plus arrived in my mail yesterday from the Batesville Living Memorial Program in which Lasting Tributes participates. How wonderful to know that Skip's memory not only lives on through family and friends but also helping our nation's reforestation program with a tree seedling planted as a memorial to him. Thanks again, Ryan, for your help and that of your wife in making that day one to remember a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and good friend to many. Read more

  • Elissa

    Dear Ryan, Thank you so much for all of your help in celebrating the life of my brother. From the arrangements, to the after-care support for my mom to the graveside in the rain, I would not have trusted anyone else. Please extend my gratitude to The Flower Shop girls as the memorial service arrangement was nothing short of amazing. Many Thanks. Read more

  • The Harford family

    The crew at Lasting Tributes gave us exactly the kind of memorial we wanted in honor of my grandfather. After his battling cancer for more than 10 years, my family has been through quite a lot. The staff was very attentive to our thousands of questions/comments/concerns in hopes of a perfect day of memory. Lasting Tributes captured that, for sure. We could not have asked for a better place to hold such a special event. Everyone was more than helpful, caring and professional. We did not want a "typical dreary funeral." Indeed it was a sad day, but we wanted all friends and relatives to be able to get together to enjoy his memory, now and always...It was everything we wanted and more: displaying the amazing man my grandfather was, with all of favorite treasures, sport jackets, award plaques, trophies, playing some of his favorite songs, in addition to an array of terrific photos (including a DVD we now have a copy of). Thank you guys! .. And a very special thanks to Ryan Helfenbein for his extraordinary efforts through the whole thing. You made it a much easier process for my grandmother to handle through this difficult time. Thank you! My whole family truly appreciates everything you did for all of us. We will continue to spread the word of your unique and outstanding establishment...... Read more

  • Jean Heckhaus

    The Heckhaus family and friends had a couple of Life Celebrations for my dad, Richard Heckhaus, with the theme being ALOHA!! We were stationed in Hawaii for many years when my father was in the Navy, so for one celebration the 11 grandkids each got to choose one of his Aloha shirts and wear it. For another celebration on the Bay we all wore Hawaiian clothing with leis, and threw tropical flowers in the water with Jimmy Buffet music playing in the background. In addition, we continue to benefit from the Daily Grief Affirmation emails and I share them with two friends who lost parents very close to the same time I lost my dad. They are so very helpful! Read more

  • Velma Mood

    Thanks so much for all your support, care and dedication to not only me, but to the community as a whole. My note is extremely overdue but I would be really remissed if I didn't thank your whole caring team for the excellent services and extreme professionalism shown to me, my family and church members. Ryan Helfenbein is very dedicated, caring and an outstanding professional as well as a friend forever. Read more

  • Diane Meehl

    Dear Ryan, I wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to you, and to everyone on your team. Each of you extended compassion, graciousness and patience as we coped with my mother’s passing in October. As her eldest daughter, tasked with coordinating the details of my mother’s memorial service, I will always remember what impressed me most about our initial meeting. Since she’d coped with end-stage cancer, her passing was anticipated, but still devastating. While my mother was still able to call the shots, she asked that I work out the details of her memorial service with you. I sat down at your desk with a heavy heart, and your warm demeanor put me right at ease. You asked me to tell you about her, and I found that such a tender and warm question during an emotionally sensitive time. I very much appreciated your interest in her life. Later, after she passed, I can’t adequately express the relief I experienced as you gently answered our questions about cremation. You gently answered difficult questions about her cremation and left us at ease with the process, knowing our treasured mother was under the care of caring professionals. I appreciated your planning for every detail of her memorial service, and I was impressed with the emphasis to fill the generous space with accents and pictures that would illustrate her life and personality. I especially appreciated the concierge service that included administrative support for the necessary details of closing out one’s life - and the coordination of all those details for the service – the online obituary & DVD tribute; the music and flowers; the urn; refreshments; the guest book & memory cards, and so much more. Plus, the funeral attendants were especially kind and attentive. Again, thank you for your expertise in gently navigating us through a very difficult season. On the day of her memorial, we felt some peace in knowing my mother could look down on a lovely tribute to her life – and a sweet testament to the enduring bonds of family and friendship. Your family blessed ours that day, and we are forever grateful! Read more

  • Mietta Marossy

    Thank you to the staff at Lasting Tributes, especially Emily! Emily's kind and considerate approach to guiding me through what was seemingly the worst time in my family's life was much appreciated. I am so glad we picked Lasting Tributes to honor and celebrate my Mom's life. Read more

  • Jean Heckhaus and my entire Family

    I am grateful for Ryan and Amanda and Mike and everyone else involved from Lasting Tributes for the outstanding job you all did regarding my father's Memorial Service. From the first time Ryan came to my parent's house the very morning my father passed away, to the transfer of the American Flag at the end of the Memorial Service, your company was absolutely the most caring, considerate, calm, competent and professional group of people to work with under the utmost difficult circumstances. You have every aspect of this unfathomable process covered impeccably. "The Binder," which continues to be helpful in the organization of everything to the Daily Affirmations emails that will guide us going forward. Our deep appreciation for everything you've done and continue to do. Read more

  • Frank & Jen Hurst

    Dearest Mary, We can't thank you enough for the kind, loving tribute you put together for our Dad. Many of our friends and family members commented on how touching it was and I know that's because you took such special care to make it special. Thank you for everything you did for us with such love. Read more

  • Shirley Guy

    Ryan, Emily, Mary, and Staff, Words can not express the gratitude we have in our hearts. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. The kindness and care you showed during Ashley's viewing and at the cemetery. There were many comments made about the attention you showed to the family, and Emily my son Bill and us just wanted to let you know what a great job you did. Our family certainly picked the right person for the job. May the Lord be with each and every one of you. P.S. You will see me again one day. Read more

  • JoAnn Gigliotti

    I found this Funeral Home on the way to spend time with my brother - walked in early on a Sunday morning and was greeted with a smiling understanding face - gave me information and said I would receive a follow up phone call. Within an hour I was contacted by a representative. I am so thankful I walked in that day. My family was thinking to use another facility however the package that was given to me was so comprehensive we felt compelled to review the facility further. Ryan Helfenbein was wonderful. His professionalism outshone all his competitors. None of my family or friends had ever been to Lasting Tributes before. We were all so impressed we agreed when the need arises (God forbid not anytime soon) we would use their services again. Read more

  • The Keyser Family

    Words cannot express our gratitude to you and the staff of the funeral home for all your assistance in preparing the arrangements for the funeral and burial for our sister and aunt, Hilda Keyser. You helped us through a very difficult time. You handled everything so flawlessly and with such great compassion. From beginning to end, everything was so organized and so personal. You made a very difficult time easier for us. We were extremely pleased with the services that we received and we will gladly recommend the funeral home to other friends and family when the need arises. Thank you once again, we are deeply grateful to all of you. God bless all of you. Read more

  • John Underwood

    My wife passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on a Sunday morning. As several family members were home from college for a long weekend, we decided to hold the funeral service as soon as possible. Your staff sprung into action immediately and pulled off a splendid ceremony on Tuesday without a hitch. We relied on social media and networking to get the word out as a formal obituary could not be published until Tuesday afternoon. Roughly 200 guests attended from as far as Conneticut and Tennessee. Our family will be forever indebted for your entire staffs attention to detail, kindness and understanding during and after this period. Perhaps the best testimonial came from a young teen who expressed "That's the way I want to go out." I believe the traditional and somewhat strodgy funeral establishments in our area that compete with you are in big trouble. Read more

  • Siv Blanck

    Just a note of thanks for all the services you and your staff provided me and my family when Jan Blanck, my dear husband, passed away in May. I have appreciated Leslie's phone calls, Shana's help as well as yours and your father Tom's. The book you sent me, "Guide For the Holidays" was very helpful. I will keep it handy to refresh my thoughts during the coming year. There are still so many "firsts" to experience. Thank you all. Read more

  • Kathie and Ken Lehtonen

    Ken and I wanted to thank you for the warm and caring support you and your staff provided to our family. Mom's service was just what we wanted, personalized and professional. Thank you for helping us make a multitude of choices so we could tailor the tribute. My friends said that because of our service and the DVD they felt like they knew Mom. Most importantly, thank you for being the first on the scene and the last on the scene so we had your calming presence and guidance. It was so comforting on a very emotional day. Read more

  • Frieda Schellhase

    They exceded our expectations. We were VERY pleased. Read more

  • Spath Family

    Their attention to detail and continued availability for families after the services is something very beneficial and appreciated! Read more

  • Boyer Family

    You all went above and beyond of what I was thinking. Nothing but good things from me. Thank you all so much. Read more

  • Mary Sue Simmons

    The service for my mom and all the arrangements there were superb. I cannot say enough about the respect and support shown by Ryan and Mike. If there is such a thing as a gratifying service for one's mom, you all certainly provided that. Also, having them both at the gravesite was wonderful. Please extend my gratitude to them and to all of you who pull together to assist and respect families in such a loving way at an important time in their lives. Read more

  • Pamela Maxie

    There is no way to help improve their services. Everything was EXCELLENT! Read more

  • Stacy Barrow

    There are simply no words to express my heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and support you extended toward my family and I when we lost mom. You made the service perfect from the way you set up the rooms, the beautiful flowers designed by your flower shop, to the homemade cookies and catering, to just how smoothly everything went. We had so many compliments about the service and your facility. It was just what mom deserved. Thank you again. We are all so grateful for everything you did. Read more

  • Joan Schellhase

    I wanted to personally thank you again for all that you and your staff did to make my mother-in-law's funeral go as smoothly as possible during this difficult and emotional time. Bob, Ron & I were extremely pleased with how you set-up everything in the chapel and we were just blown away with the extent of the appetizer table and the funeral cards that your staff prepared. Everything was so professional. We had many positive comments from our friends and family as well. If you ever need a referral from me please do not hesitate to call. Good luck with the new little one Emma Lynn. Read more

  • Mike Howard

    I wanted to say thank you for a very well done job putting together my father's memorial service. It was extremely professional and on point for my dad. Read more

  • Lydia V. Sugihara

    Thank you so much for all you and your staff did to make this experience and transition so much easier and more pleasant. Your reassurance and calming voice truly gave me the confidence that my mom would be cared for with the love and dignity that I would have wanted for her, especially since I was out of the country when I was first called about her passing. The atmosphere in which I was able to view my mom before cremation was so amazingly beautiful and peaceful. I was so impressed with what was provided by Lasting Tributes: the incredible portrait, prayer cards, wildflower seeds, food and drinks, and DVD presentation your staff prepared, as well as the greeting which my family and I received upon our arrival Saturday evening. Thank you for providing such an amazing experience during such a difficult time. Read more

  • Sharon Lindner RN/Donna Smith

    My sister contacted you a few months back, when we realized we needed to look into arrangements for my mother, because previous plans did not come about-and we had limited funds from her insurance policy to work with. Like everyone else-we wanted an appropriate ceremony for our mother-but we also did not want to be made to feel guilty if we did not have a top of the line funeral. Ryan and his father at Lasting Tributes understood what we could afford and gave us different options. We had written information to review-and they took all our follow up questions. It wasn't long after that our mother was hospitalized -and we knew she had very little time. We contacted them and made the plans, over the course of 2 days-and all our follow up calls with questions were addressed immediately. Everything was done in a very empathetic and professional manner. The funeral was just as we expected-professional with a very well done DVD of our mother's life in pictures, over the years, as well as a beautiful portrait made from one of the special pictures we picked out for her memory card. The refreshments provided were excellent, very fresh and more than enough, and we had packets of wildflower seeds to take, to plant as a reminder of our mother's life. We would recommend Lasting Tributes to everyone. Read more

  • Sue Gallion

    My sister went home to Heaven on 5-22-12. She was my best friend and only direct family. She was very healthy and this was not expected at all. I have been in WV trying to make sense of this and trying to finalize her affairs. I thought so many times about our meeting and how different Lasting Tributes is compared to traditional funeral homes. I only wish that there was a funeral chapel like yours in WV. Unfortunately this city in WV has only 2 funeral chapels and both were traditional. I can now tell you from first hand experience; the traditional funeral home experience only adds grief and accentuates the sadness. You need to get Lasting Tributes into every state. Read more

  • Barbara Walker

    The staff at Lasting Tributes is an excellent group of people who provided my family with the up most respect. They went above and beyond what we expected. Read more

  • Margaret Harrison

    You and your staff helped me at a crisis in my life that would have been hard to bear by myself. I will tell anybody who needs your service what a great job you do. Ernie's memorial was so beautiful. It was like a celebration of his life. Read more

  • Martha Miller

    I can’t thank you and your staff enough for shepherding us through the past month. The DVD you created for last Saturday’s memorial service was outstanding, as was every facet of your services. Probably like most people, I really didn’t know what all needed to be done, and your help made it easier to pick up the pieces and move forward. Dick would say thank you if he could, and I do say it because I can. Read more

  • Lisa Armstrong

    As an insurance agent I think it’s great that Lasting Tributes offers such affordable packages for families. And with the affordability, my family received great service. I would definitely recommend their services to other families and friends. Read more

  • Terri

    For me one of the things that makes a business excellent is consistency and Lasting Tributes has definitely demonstrated that. Keep up the great work! Read more

  • Amanda Hunt & Family

    I would like to thank you all for the constant and gentle support given to me, and my family during our time of bereavement for the loss of our father, Emanuel Thomas. From the moment I met Ryan, I knew that the care of our father at Lasting Tributes would be a “Class Act”, and it was. Ryan and the Staff of Lasting Tributes truly understands what the family is feeling and going through at the time of their loss. They personally & patiently guide you through the funeral process and handle every detail themselves, not letting you lift a finger or get overwhelmed with decisions or arrangements. Instead, you are given the precious time that is needed to grieve and celebrate the life of your loved one. Ryan and Staff are there for you and your family with support and comfort, every step of the way. Not only do Lasting Tributes provide top quality funeral services, but, it’s also very affordable, which I’m sure a lot of families will appreciate during that time. I’ve shared my enlightening experiences at Lasting Tributes to my family, friends, and co-workers, and have recommended that they do the same. I can’t rave enough about Ryan, Shana, and Staff of Lasting Tributes, but, I can say with certainty…..God lead me to them for the dignified and respectful life celebration that the family wanted for dad, and that’s exactly what we got, and more. God Bless You All Always, Read more

  • The Savage, Hilley and Zamarripa families

    Thank you for your guidance, patience and thoughtfulness while helping us say farewell to our dad. I thought it was perfect and would not have changed a thing. Read more

  • Kelley Corrigan-Dammeyer

    I wanted to thank you for your wonderful handling of my Mom's service. Everyone thought it was a beautiful tribute. I could not have done it without your help and support. You made a very trying time a little easier for me. Thank you again, Read more

  • The Bartos Family

    On behalf of the Bartos family, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding services you provided for us on behalf of our dear mother, Mary. The framed family pictures, beautiful flower arrangements and mother's urn were displayed with such elegance, which she truly would have appreciated. You and your staff were incredibly professional, caring and thoughtful and this made the decision process in dealing with our mother's passing and how to celebrate her life very easy. Your attention to detail and ability to focus on our family needs was truly appreciated. You simply offered our family a variety of services, and respectfully gave us the room to make our own decisions, while answering every question in detail and to our satisfaction. Again, the Bartos family greatly appreciates your helping us make our Mother's memorial a celebration of her life, which we, her family and friends will always cherish. Read more

  • Janet Schenk

    Just dropping you a note to let you know what a wonderful experience you offered me in dealing with my brother's (Walter Baumgart) last wishes. I have never lost a family member and did not know where to begin. With Ryan's guidance and caring attention to details, I was able to fulfill all of Walter's and our families needs. Caring people like you are hard to find and I feel very blessed to have been guided into your care. Thank you so much. Because of your loving touches, my family and I will be able to look back on Walter's memorial with much fondness. Love and appreciation, Read more

  • Rosemary Winters

    Just a note to express our families thanks for the efficient and caring execution of Ron's wishes for his cremation and the details thus involved. It was a great comfort during a most difficult time to know that everything was in your capable hands. In appreciation, Read more

  • Lilian Barbash

    I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the care and attention you gave to our family during my sister Florence Marino's funeral. You were responsive to our request and attentive to the needs of friends and family that came to pay their respects to Jim, Kristen, and Jason. You added a personal depth to your professionalism and that allowed us to focus on saying our final good byes to Florence. You were so kind and sympathetic to my loss. Thank you for listening with sincere thanks. Read more

  • Steve Hilley

    I would like to extend my gratitude to Jessica for making a tough situation for my family a smooth transition. She was personable, comforting, and very professional from the very beginning. She made a very uneasy time a whole lot easier to deal with. Basically all we had to do was show up. Your company has a special person in Jessica. Again thank you for everything during our troubled time. Read more

  • Sandra

    The Family of George Hopkins (previous owner of Singleton Funeral Home) wishes to thank you for your superb direction of the viewing and funeral of our husband, father, and grandfather. He must of been so happy looking down on Christmas decorations and everyone celebrating his life. Please extend thanks to the whole staff. Read more

  • Barbara Hagan and Family

    On December 11, 2011 my father passed away. He didn’t want to spend a large amount of money on his cremation. I called several funeral homes in the area requesting pricing. Lasting Tributes by far had the most affordable package price. From the minute I called, I felt nothing but special. The staff at Lasting Tributes did every bit of work for me. I had nothing to worry about but our remaining family. Ryan and the staff are still helping me with any questions or changes I need to make. I rate them “five star” and plan on using this wonderful place when my mother passes away. When you are stressed and don’t know what to do first - The staff at Lasting Tributes is there for you. I highly recommend Lasting Tributes and cannot find enough nice things to say. Ryan and everyone there- you are the best. Thank you and God bless. Read more

  • Lisa Butler

    They went way beyond the call of duty. The service was flawless and I thank them very much. Read more

  • The Schaffle Family

    The loss of someone you love is such a difficult time for anyone. But you have taken steps to help carry a family through, not only with a high degree of professionalism, but also with such genuine kindness and concern. The new business model you’ve established is well thought out to help ease some of the pain and stress a family bears with the details, and will undoubtedly place you in the forefront of your industry. Thank you again. Read more

  • The Kasper Family

    My wife's cremation was a low cost, just a little over $2,000, but they treated me like I was spending $20,000. Great job! Read more

  • The Lavacot Family

    Our experience during this terrible time was excellent. We appreciate all the kindness, sympathy and understanding given to us. They were all fantastic at the funeral home. Thank you. Read more

  • The Daffin Family

    All was done in an excellent manner which was concise and expedient! My thanks to all in advance. Read more

  • The Gavian Family

    The service we received was exceptional and a great comfort. Read more

  • The Knighten Family

    The staff was better than I could have hoped for. They were wonderful from when I first met Ryan until after everything was over. At a time like this it was greatly appreciated. Read more

  • Bill Kaht, III

    On behalf of the Kaht family, I wish to personally thank you for your effort in helping us celebrate the life of our father, William “Capt. Bill” Kaht. We were of course deeply saddened by our loss, and making decisions in his death was not an easy process. You made us very comfortable from the start. You helped us make difficult choices, and keep us all on the same page. Our guests were well accommodated. I believe that Lasting Tributes is on the leading edge of your industry. Your business model contributes greatly to your success: your package-pricing of services takes much of the dollar-factor out of deciding what available options are appropriate for an “ideal” remembrance. This makes pricing easy, while still maintaining the availability of options that benefit personal choice. Also, since you operate a business that serves each facet of the funeral business, you have enjoyed a cost savings that you obviously pass on to your customers, considering your competitive pricing. I also liked the personal touch that you displayed with the fishing gear. Our father would have loved it! I hope that you are catching plenty of those Rockfish. Thanks again, Ryan, so much for helping us have such a successful memorial tribute to a wonderful man! We will surely recommend your business to anyone whom inquires. Best Regards, Read more

  • The Winters Family

    We feel that everything was handled efficiently with dignity and compassion. They spared us the chores that would have been so very difficult for us to handle in our grief. We really appreciate their professionalism and the personal care they offered. Read more

  • Michael & Nella Nance

    Lasting tributes says it all. Ryan, you and your staff made our experience an amazing one that will last forever. Luke’s visitation evening was simply as beautiful as could be. The funeral service was a lasting tribute that will remain in our hearts forever. Lasting Tributes takes you to comfort level you would not believe possible. Again I would like to Thank You. Forever in our Hearts, Read more

  • Cathy Kahl

    As a legal professional, I love the funeral organizer. It is filled with an abundance of resources as well as pockets and dividers to keep important documents and receipts in. This organizer eases a difficult and stressful time for family members dealing with the loss of a loved one. Read more

  • Robert Creager

    Thanks so much for everything, everybody did a great job. All the family was very pleased with the way the service was handled, I know dad would have approved. Read more

  • Bonnie Coleman & Family

    I can't begin to tell you how much all you did for me and my family truly touched my heart. Words can't tell you what it meant to me, during this very hard time. Everything was beautiful. I'm so glad I had the best family in the world to help me out. As always, if there is EVER anything I can do for you---you know I'll be glad to help. I love all of you. Read more

  • Karen E. D. Seibert

    I just wanted to drop a line thanking you and your company for all of the great services to help us through with my Dad's death. We had a wonderful service last Saturday Feb 5th at BayWoods and there along the wall was the DVD your company prepared with the photos of my Dad's life. It was a real tribute and beautifully done. I'm not quite sure who specifically to thank for that piece of your company's service...but in all of your help, promptly helping us w/ his body, to writing the obit, and helping us w/ decisions w/ the cremation, etc...you all were greatly supportive and so professional yet friendly. We would definitely recommend your service to others--and for our family once again (though hopefully not too soon)!!! Thank you, Read more

  • Sherri Hein

    I first met Ryan Helfenbein in Dec of 2010 when he cremated our dog. He was not only professional but very caring. Little did I know that I would have to meet with him again,1 week later, when we had arrange services for my brother and my 6 yr old nephew who both died suddenly & tragically. I cannot express my gratitude or appreciation for EVERYTHING that Ryan has done. He helped to make an unimaginable situation bearable for our entire family. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate Lasting Tributes with a 20+. Even after the services are over, they continue to call and check on us. Read more

  • Dana R. Daffin

    I was completely satisfied with Mr. Ryan Helfenbein's proficiency & consideration regarding my 'Cremation Planning' during finalization 12-15-2010. I am confident my family will be well-prepared at my demise! Thank you, Mr. Helfenbein! Read more

  • Jerraine Fuller and Family

    Thank you for all your wonderful work. My family and I were pleased in every way. You have a wonderful team. God Bless Read more

  • Frank R. Alansky

    My wife and I met with Ryan Helfenbein to explore the possibility of pre-paying for our funeral expenses which would be a gift to our children. He not only explained the process in a professional manner with a GREAT sense of humor I may add. We immediately felt very comfortable with Ryan handling our final arrangements and decided to pre-pay for our funeral expenses with Lasting Tributes with Ryan at the helm. I feel as though we have had a burden lifted off our shoulders and our children will not have to be concerned that our final wishes are carried out. Thank you Ryan and your staff for making this all possible for Kathy and I. Read more

  • Arlene Drewes

    I have never had to plan a funeral, even though I am 82 years old. Soon after we phoned Ryan Helfenbein of Lasting Tributes, he came to collect the body of my husband for cremation. The next morning our meeting was very helpful. He told us what we needed to do and what choices we had. He helped us get the Death Notice into the Washington Post, got the death certificates for us, etc. etc. The DVD they made from photos we provided was suburb. All in all we recommend them highly. Read more

  • Bunny C.

    Thank you for a smooth day with Mom’s funeral. It turned out to be exactly what the family wanted (other than being freezing cold). It was quite something to see Mom’s casket with all the red roses in a sea of white headstones at Arlington. I enjoyed having you as my best friend for a few weeks. Thanks. Read more