Our Testimonials

Stories from some of the families we've helped...

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"Our advocate asked all the right questions to help me get my thoughts out of my head."

"Gathering the funds to help pay for part of our son's funeral was absolutely invaluable. I could not be more thankful for the assistance Carson's Village provided."

The McNeil Family

A Carson’s Village Advocate served the McNeil family after they realized the need to “shake yourself to a higher form of sobriety and awareness to make burial arrangements, find a florist, recall life insurance policies, notify loved ones, tell your job for time off, console your spouse, attempt to explain to your kids and this time is extremely chaotic and tense.”

Of their Advocate they said, it was “as if God relinquished one of his multitude of angels to come to my family as a blessing and help guide us through this time of bereavement and pain. Cristina was my Carson’s Village contact and she handled my questions, and concerns with patience, kindness and grace while offering some consoling. Her helpful suggestions, and funerary recommendations served my family well during this time. She was humble and empathetic for she also experienced a similar loss. She became our ‘Bereavement Concierge’ that was extremely valuable to the point that they assisted with the unexpected like a online video obituary with photos and music of my choosing, a donation page and website, designing the obituary. This was an extreme blessing for I have graphic capability but could not hone in my grief to perform such tasks in such a timely and expedited fashion.”

The McNeils said that they “will be forever grateful for Carson’s Village assistance during our time of hardship”

The Cholom-Tsaquij Family

Ms. Abelina reached out to Carson’s Village after the passing of a loved one. Her family is from Guatemala, and the only language they speak is the dialect of their village. Ms. Abelina is the only family member who speaks Spanish. Ms. Abelina expressed being lost and not knowing where to start or what to do. A Carson’s Village’s Spanish speaking Advocate discussed and explained to Ms. Abelina the mission of Carson’s Village and went over the process of how Carson’s Village could help.

The Carson’s Village Advocate assisted the family by contacting multiple funeral homes and negotiating prices; additionally, the Advocate explained to the family all of the information and details obtained and helped them navigate how to select the best funeral home based on their budget and services. Lastly, a Family Support webpage was created to help the family raise funds to cover the funeral expenses.

Ms. Abelina reported that the family was able to raise funds to cover the funeral expenses and return their loved one to Guatemala. Ms. Abelina shared that although she did not know how to navigate the Family Support page, she used it as a “flyer” for fundraising. She expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the support and guidance of Carson’s Village.

The Aguilar Family

The Aguilar family learned about Carson’s Village from a Chaplain at Baylor Scott & White Plano when their mother Christine was near the end of her life. The Carson’s Village Advocate spoke with Christine’s son Andrew to understand the family’s wishes to honor their mother. Carson’s Village identified an appropriate and reasonably priced funeral home and worked with the team there to ensure the best customer service for the family.  Carson’s Village pre-planned a cremation service for the family, alleviating some of the stress and uncertainty of this difficult time. To cover costs, Carson’s Village hosted a Family Page, exceeding the goal to cover funeral costs.

The Whalen Family

After beginning a battle with cancer, Stephanie was diagnosed with COVID-19 and passed shortly after in Fort Worth, Texas. Due to COVID, the family had to say their goodbyes from the courtyard of the hospital and only Stephanie’s brother could be with her at the time of her passing. Stephanie’s daughter Tiphani had no idea where to start with planning a funeral and reached out to Carson’s Village for support. The Carson’s Village Advocate shared the timeline resource on the website and talked Tiphani through next steps, shared the obituary resource to help honor her mother and set up a Carson’s Village Family Page to raise money to cover the cost of the funeral. With nearly $800 donated by family and friends, Tiphani coordinated a small ceremony, aligned with the COVID-19 restrictions of ten people or less. Carson’s Village provided Tiphani online counseling options within her health insurance to give her the support she needed during this difficult time. Tiphani remains in Carson’s Village continuing care program to ensure she continues her grieving journey in a healthy way.

The Chrietzberg Family

After David’s oldest daughter, Kelly, found her elderly father deceased, the Chrietzberg family contacted Carson’s Village to ensure that this Vietnam veteran’s life was appropriately honored, even during the pandemic. David didn’t have any funeral arrangements established, therefore his daughters were in immediate need of valuable, trustworthy guidance and support. Carson’s Village Advocate, Jason, identified an affordable funeral home and reached out to the National Cemetery to schedule a burial. A proud marine who served honorably from 1967-1969, David was eligible to be buried in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family was able to secure the support of fellow Marines to conduct a military service at the funeral home. Due to COVID, the family could not memorialize David with a traditional military graveside ceremony, but thankfully when their father was buried, they were able to follow the hearse to the National Cemetery, say their goodbyes and witness the burial. With the assistance of Carson’s Villages’ amazing advocates, the family established a Carson’s Village Family Page, raising more than $1,200 that was donated to Vietnam Veterans of America, to help veterans, communities and those serving in harm’s way.

The Olajumoke Family

Carson’s Village received a call from a chaplain at Parkland Hospital. He was reaching out to connect us with a single mother who had recently lost her stillborn child, McKenzie. Ms. Olajumoke Iromini had already overcome many hardships in her life and even through this tragic loss, she remained a strong and faithful woman. She wanted to share with her friends and family how much she cared for McKenzie and how much McKenzie had already made an impact on the world. The nursing staff at Parkland coordinated with Carson’s Village to get pictures of McKenzie and to connect the family with the funeral home that Olajumoke had chosen. Carson’s Village set up a family webpage and a donation link that generated funds to pay for the funeral costs. The Carson’s Village advocate was able to work directly with the funeral home to ensure funds were transferred and the additional monies raised were provided to Olajumoke to assist with any additional medical costs incurred.

The Richardson Family

Losing a child is never easy. Soon after their son Seth moved to Texas, the Richardson family received the unexpected news of his death. Upon hearing of his sudden passing, the Richardson family had to travel cross- country to a state where they didn’t know a soul. On their drive to Texas, the Advocate with Carson’s Village talked them through what steps needed to be taken once they arrived. Because they were prepped on the decisions they would need to make at the funeral home, the unknown was removed from the process. When they arrived, they were able to immediately head to the funeral home and make the decisions they had already discussed as a family because of their Advocate’s help. Seth’s Mom, Angie, said that their Advocate “kept us together when we weren’t feeling very together. He kept us focused and let us know exactly what was available to us. When we got to Texas, we would have been on the phone calling dozens of funeral homes that we knew nothing about. The Advocate did that all for us. He called us back with locations, packages and prices. He was there for us and what a comfort that brought to our family.”

The Espinoza Family

Daniela Espinoza was a young woman with a promising future who was taken from this world far too soon by cancer. She was surrounded by friends, family and a very loving school community. When Daniela passed, a school staff member, Chelsie Lyday, reached out immediately to Carson’s Village to begin the process of raising funds for the family. Ms. Lyday learned of Carson’s Village from her counselor at Uplift Academy had heard about the organization from a speaking event. Once the page was established, the advocate began working directly with Karla, Daniela’s sister. The advocate was able to assist the family by directly transferring the funds raised from the family webpage to the funeral home. By working as a team, the advocate and Karla were able to ensure everything was set so that the services moved forward as planned. Karla expressed her thankfulness for all Carson’s Village had done and thanked them for working with the school to establish the donation page. In the end, the family raised additional money above and beyond the funeral costs and were able to use that money toward other related expenses.

The Rodriguez Family

Trying to navigate a system in another language is stressful and taxing. It becomes even more trying when processing the loss of a child. The Rodriguez family lost their young child unexpectedly and was referred to Carson’s Village by a school counselor. Carson’s Village was able to provide a Spanish-speaking Advocate to walk them through all that needed to happen that first week. A family page was set up in both Spanish and English and included a picture of their daughter and the story of her life so far. This page was used to help the family raise money to cover the cost of the funeral. In addition, the page was also a way for the Rodriguez family to communicate the events of the week, so their family and friends could support them during their grieving process. Carson’s Village made a difference: “The family page was great, and it expressed what I could not say.”

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