Erik Hendrickson, Funeral Director at Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors, knows better than most that times have changed in the funeral business. After over 50 years of serving the community, he is hoping a slew of renovations and additions to the iconic funeral home will meet the ever changing needs of local residents.
“When it opened 50 years ago, the paper quoted it as Mr. Foley’s new corporate headquarters located in the near northwest Houston countryside,” Hendrickson said. “Things have changed a little bit since then.”
Hendrickson hopes to continue the late Pat H. Foley’s trends of innovation, with a post-modern update to the building’s interior, located at 1200 W. 34th St., with a greater emphasis on providing options for families to mourn loved ones. The funeral home features major renovations to its chapel and side rooms and will also begin offering catered food and drinks for guests. The interior also features an updated décor and furniture, anchored by the symbolic Asian-style garden in the center of the complex.
The group will be hosting an open house celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, featuring refreshments, entertainment, door prizes and tours of the newly redesigned facility. At two years in the making, Hendrickson said it had been time to bring some changes to Pat H.Foley Funeral Directors. The last major work on the building was completed in the 1990s, and the new round of additions represents a slow but steady change for many in the business of running funeral homes.
“The funeral home industry is a little slow to change,” Hendrickson said. “However, today there are a variety of different choices and styles of services, like custom-tailoring services to celebrate who [the deceased] were.”
Hendrickson put forward different scenarios, such as planning a service for someone who may have been a diehard fan of a music group, which might include forgoing a guest book and optioning instead for signing an acoustic guitar, using album covers for center pieces and other aspects of the service. For those who might be known for a special dish, caterers can prepare and serve that dish following their own recipe.
“We have to remember these people walked this earth and left an impact on those around them,” Hendrickson said. “I really think it’s our job as professionals to help the family take a moment to say, this is who this person was.”
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