In the spring the Ashton family presents a Tree of Remembrance to the community and plants it as a living memorial to those who died the previous year. Kline, Jr., Debra Jo and Scott, the fifth generation of Ashtons, now continue this tradition started by their parents nearly 25 years ago.
As the holidays approach, the Ashtons invite families that have lost a loved one during the current year to join them. They present a program of tips on handling the first holidays after losing a loved one, as well as an opportunity for families to meet others from the community with whom they share a common bond.
At the end of the year, with the cooperation of our local hospice, the Ashton Funeral Home has established an annual Service of Remembrance. Hundreds of families have been comforted by this community memorial service. Ashton family members hand craft individual memorial keepsakes which are distributed to families who have lost members during the year.
The Ashton Family was one of the first in the area to offer opportunities for healing and remembering beyond the funeral ritual itself. They continue to sponsor programs relating to grief and bereavement throughout the year for the public, and often present programs and tours for school groups, churches and other organizations. The Ashtons are a recognized resource in the area of death education. But their most important gift to the community is given one bereaved family at a time, as they personally follow up through mailings, phone contact, and/or visits.