Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park-Mount Vernon and Gilbertson Home-Stanwood - David Lukov
Over the past 16 years (and the past five years in Mount Vernon), I have served as a Family Services Director (Advanced Planning Specialist) and grief support specialist with Funeral Home and Cemeteries throughout Western and Central Washington. There are a number of different functions to my work: 1) I help families pre-plan and pre-pay their funeral and cemetery arrangements. This takes the pressure off of family members, particularly adult children, in having to make these choices when grief clouds their thinking. On the funeral side, due to the Federal Trade Commission’s rules on pre-planned funerals, I write life insurance policies that lock in the current prices at Hawthorne but are also portable for people who travel. 2) I also help families with cemetery arrangements when a death has taken place. Along with helping with cemetery services, I work with families to create and design a headstone for their loved one. 3) I am an officiant, and serve a variety of families who are seeking my services. Having served as a pastor and Hospice bereavement coordinator for many years, I am able to listen to the families of the deceased and tailor the services to meet their needs. I am also licensed to perform weddings. 4) I offer grief support and direction to the families we serve. For many families, coming to a funeral home or cemetery is a “foreign” experience. My job helps guide families with some of the legal, financial, social, spiritual and emotional issues following a loss. I lead several grief support programs through Hawthorne, and offer my services to the community. As a Rotarian, I take seriously the ethical implications of my work, and will serve each family with dignity and integrity. The Four Way Test is a guiding principle of my work. I also volunteer my time and energy in the community with educational programs to help people become more familiar with my profession and the issues associated with it. Part of my work with Hawthorne is to provide presentations in the community (and community groups) to help the public better understand issues associated with funerals, cremation, cemeteries, pre-planning, loss and grief.