Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Casket & Monument Co.

Wife, mother, Confidant and friend. These are just a few words that flashed in my mind when I met and shook hands with Heather Kobler of The Casket & Monument Co. for the first time.

Heather Kobler

I can’t even count the number of times I have driven passed The Casket & Monument Company over the years. Many of us drive by and see the caskets in the windows and think “Yeah I know I need to think about that one day but that one day isn't right now.” Before you know it you drive right past and you never give it another thought. Nobody wants to address the big pink elephant in the room. So when Heather Kobler contacted me and asked if I would come down and pay her a visit my interest was definitely piqued. I had never been inside the Casket & Monument Company so why not drop by? 

The Casket & Monument Co.
13131 E Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90602

I walked in on a Monday for the first time ever and immediately saw Heather working with a family. I introduced myself and we shook hands. She put me at ease and asked me to give her a few minutes. I waited for her as she finished up her appointment. As I walked around the showroom and looked at all of the different caskets and literature pertaining to the inevitable I thought to myself "Am I in the right place?”
Heather finished up with her appointment and approached me with a welcoming smile and we sat down and started talking. One minute in to our conversation I quickly realized that this would not be a blog piece on Caskets & Monuments. This was going to be a story about a woman in Whittier who really, really cares about helping others. This wasn't going to be weird after all, YES! 

You can't put a price tag on
Peace of Mind 

After spending some time with Heather it was clear to me that being married for 47 years and mother to five “wonderful” children Petty, Jamie, Happy, Kurt & Alisan is her most rewarding accomplishment. She told me stories of a 47 year love affair that unfolded right here in Whittier. She glows when talking about her husband “We were absolutely crazy for each other” she says. She also follows the wonderful story with a somber ending to the love affair as she put it “My husband passed on a Sunday morning without warning.” She leans forward and says "It was the hardest day in my life but I made one phone call and I was done.” Meaning that she and her husband had planned ahead many years ago for this very event. She attributes that to the love they had for each other. "He is still taking care of me even though he is not here."  When a loved one passes Heather believes with all of her heart that the focus should be with family. Our focus should be on crying, healing and loving one another not trying to figure out what the heck to do next. Heather's many years of life and work experience can guide you and help you come up with the right plan for you and your loved ones.

Heather's Helpful Tips on Pre-Need Plans for Loved Ones:

·         Don’t be afraid to talk about it. It is a fact of life that we will all reach the end of our journey so why not be pro-active and plan ahead.
·         Educate yourself. There are so many misconceptions about this process it is so good to learn what can and can’t be done. You would be shocked at how much you can learn.
·         Make decisions when you are of sound mind. So many times we make these very important decisions under duress. This makes for rushed decisions, in fighting with relatives etc.
·         Do it today because we are not granted tomorrow.

It was so great spending time with Heather. Where most people have a hard time talking about this subject she makes it very easy and explains the process in terms we can all understand. We will never know when it is our time to sign off so why not plan ahead? Knowing your loved ones are going to be taken care of really gives you peace of mind. It truly is priceless. After meeting Heather I understand how important it is to plan and just how important it is to love. Love the people you hold close everyday because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. 

Contact Heather 
Mon - Fri 11:00am - 4:00pm

  • Cemetery Property available up to 50% off
  • Affordable Caskets, Burial Vaults, Granite & Bronze Markers
  • Mortuary Referrals, Catering, Motor Escorts, Limosines
  • Pre-Need Funeral Insurance
  • Memorial Products, Prayer Cards, Photographic Collages, Guest Book & More

Thank you Heather.

If you have a business and you would like me to pay you a visit please send me an email

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