Family-owned mortuary comforts the living, cares for the dead

ST. GEORGE – Spilsbury Mortuary held a ribbon-cutting and rededication Wednesday as part of the Meet the Chamber lunchtime social sponsored by the St. George Chamber of Commerce.

The mortuary has upgraded its facilities to better serve its customers, Jody Spilsbury Snow said. The crematory has been relocated from Hurricane Valley area to the St. George location for convenience; a conference room and a warming kitchen were added and the building’s restroom facilities were upgraded.

“There are so many options with funeral services now and to be able to facilitate a family 100 percent onsite is really our goal,” Snow said.

The Spilsbury family has been in the funeral business for many decades, Snow said.

“My grandfather, LeGrand Spilsbury, graduated from mortuary school in 1939. Seventy-five years later, in 2014, I graduated from mortuary school.”

“I was raised in the mortuary business. I saw the love and commitment that my grandfather and my Dad have shown to families that are grieving,” she said, “and to be able to help someone through the worst possible time in their lives is really just very rewarding.”

Unless families have preplanned services, they come in not knowing what to do, Snow said. Spilsbury staff will sit down with the family and find out about the person who has died and how the family wants to celebrate that person’s life.

“We will take the information that we get and just guide them down a path to where they want to be but don’t really know how to get there.”

Each family is different, Snow said, and Spilsbury staff try to be one step ahead and know what they want before the families realize it.

“We try to guide them to where they want to be with the compassion and love and respect that they and their family member deserves,” she said.

The mortuary can work with all budgets and all cultures, Snow said, and many options are available. Spilsbury handles traditional funerals as well as offering more choices for different cultures.

People don’t realize that they don’t have to choose between a funeral and a cremation, Snow said. Rather, the choice is between a burial and a cremation.

With cremation, a funeral can still be held and it’s important to have some kind of ceremony to facilitate a healthy grieving process, Snow said.

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  • ladybugavenger June 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    It appears very comfortable. I can only hope my dead body is taken care of before it is burned and turned to ashes. Seriously, my kids better take care of me while I’m dying, I trust no one.

  • .... June 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

    You got that right ladybug. you can’t just trust anybody . there’s all kinds of RealLowlife out there

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