For the dedicated staff at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, providing comfort to families who have just lost a loved one is a top priority.
“We like to treat every family as if they were our very own,” says Richard Purcell, who owns the business with his wife Sharon.
The funeral home staff also works with families to offer reasonable pricing for their services and recently received a top ranking from the Twin Cities’ Consumer Checkbook for disclosing cost to clients early in their planning process.
“The very best doesn’t have to cost you more, in fact, it will probably cost you less,” Purcell says.
Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell also topped the charts with superior ratings in the Twin Cities’ Consumer Checkbook – among funeral homes throughout the metro area – in overall performance, proper service, pleasantness of staff and providing advice on service options and costs.
The fact that the funeral home received such positive ratings across the board is a testament to Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell offering a full range of services from trusted professionals, starting with the family who founded the business in 1916.
The funeral home opened that year in St. Paul and a second mortuary was built in Shoreview in 1993.
Purcell says the staff includes licensed morticians, who graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in mortuary science. They’re committed to helping customers with their funeral-planning needs at affordable prices.
Clients can choose to have memorial services and receptions honoring their loved ones at either location and Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell will coordinate burial or cremation services as well, Purcell adds.
The staff can also oversee all the arrangements for funeral services at any church in the area.
The funeral home has the technology to accommodate the wishes of clients who would like to remember their loved ones with music, photographs or a video tribute.
Purcell says past services have featured everything from Dixieland bands to harp solos to highlight their clients’ personal memories of their loved ones.
“We try to accommodate any request a family makes to reflect, honor and celebrate their loved one’s life,” Purcell says. “Personalization is a big part of that.”
In response to consumer demands, Purcell adds that families choosing cremation may opt to have a funeral or memorial service with a viewing of their loved one’s body present, then the cremation can take place after the service. This can be done at the funeral home or at the family’s church.
He finds this option is becoming more common, especially when clients know out-of-town relatives and friends will be attending the service, Purcell says.
Most importantly, all the options for clients to consider are available at one location to provide them with ease and comfort in an already difficult situation.
Many families are choosing to have receptions at the funeral home so that people can socialize and enjoy a catered meal after the funeral or memorial service. A list of professional caterers is available upon request.
“We try to be a resource for families as far as being a place where they can gather options, and then of course the decision is ultimately the families’ to decide what type of service they want and then we make sure it’s carried through,” Purcell says.
Holcomb Henry Boom-Purcell
Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc.
St. Paul Chapel
536 North Snelling at Charles • St. Paul (651) 646-2844
North Suburban Chapel
515 Highway 96 at Mackubin • Shoreview (651) 482-7606
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