Create a positive grieving process; how a funeral or celebration of life service helps the living heal

FEATURE — Dealing with the death of a loved one is a painful and emotional experience for those who are left behind. While death is very much a part of life’s journey, it can still be a very difficult topic to talk about and find peace with it.

This 2016 file photo shows Spilsbury Mortuary after renovations were completed at their facility, St. George, Utah, June 21, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Whether a person chooses a burial or cremation as their body’s final disposition, Spilsbury Mortuary funeral director Jody Spilsbury Snow said funeral service or celebration of life planning can provide family and friends the opportunity to receive closure, begin the healing process and come together to remember their deceased family member or friend in a positive light.

Spilsbury Mortuary has been caring for families in Southern Utah for nearly 80 years, assisting them with funeral service planning and walking side by side with those who are grieving. Throughout the decades, the staff at Spilsbury Mortuary has witnessed firsthand the importance a service plays in finding comfort after loss.

As the face of traditional funeral service evolves, at Spilsbury Mortuary, they offer a wide variety of options for planning a service.

“Your choices in funeral ceremonies are as varied and individual as the people whose lives you are honoring,” Snow said. “The Spilsbury staff will assist your family in planning the most meaningful tribute for your loved one. We will assist you in choosing the options that are tailored to the needs of your family and the wishes of your loved ones.”

St. George Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, Utah, June 21, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Spilsbury Mortuary’s community outreach coordinator Connie Zdunich said that holding a service can be particularly important to young children and teenagers who would not otherwise have a dedicated space to express their grief and to say their goodbyes.

“They need to be told it is OK to cry because (their loved one) is gone,” Zdunich said.

Funeral services or celebration of life services can be equally important to close friends, neighbors and co-workers who have spent a lot of time cultivating a relationship with the deceased.

Spilsbury Mortuary provides an in-house comprehensive service in their beautiful chapel. They take great care to provide the best location, facility and service in Southern Utah. That being said, whether a family chooses to hold the service at Spilsbury’s facility, their own church, graveside or a different location, the Spilsbury staff will help loved ones plan and execute the best service for their needs.

About Spilsbury Mortuary

The Angel of Hope statue sits on the southwest lawn of Spilsbury Mortuary and acts as the site of the “Christmas Box Angel” ceremony, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George News

Spilsbury Mortuary is a family-owned and operated full-service funeral home. For four generations the family business has been dedicated to serving families during their most difficult and tender moments.

Spilsbury is committed to embracing and honoring all cultural and religious differences and assisting with all financial situations.

The compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Spilsbury Mortuary make it their sole priority to assist families in their healing journey with dignity, honor and attention to detail.

“We are very grateful to live in a great area with great people,” Snow said, “and we feel that those people need to be celebrated.”

The Spilsbury staff is available 24/7 by calling 435-673-2454.

Written by HOLLIE REINA, St. George News.


  • Spilsbury Mortuary | Address: 110 S. Bluff St., St. George |  Telephone: 435-673-2454 | Website.
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  • Henry August 29, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I realize that it’s important to pay tribute to the deceased; however, mortuaries are for-profit companies. It’s so sad to see fundraisers to pay for funerals, which can cost $10,000+, when the money could often be better spent in so many other ways. There are options that are substantially less expensive that can honor the memory of the deceased than to pay thousands of dollars to a mortuary – the difference in prices in the SGU area make it worth calling around.

    • Redbud August 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      I have attended funeral services at Spilsbury and they would be my top choice. It is expensive, but as you suggested, call around for other options. Mortuaries cost more to operate than most people think, they are not a charity.

      • amusedtodeath August 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        ha, ” saying hello on the pathway to goodbye” read that somewhere…johnson consulting group? IMO this is as tacky as it gets. Cremation is all that is necessary anymore.

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