Community Events

Helping Others Experiencing Grief


In the spring of each year, the O'Brien Cooperative Funeral Association Board of Directors awards several scholarships to students who 1) are actively pursuing a career in a health-related field, and 2) whose parents are members of our cooperative. For more criteria information and application form, please click on the following link: 

Scholarship Application 

GRIEF SUPPORT CLASSES Sessions run for 7 weeks beginning in March and September (Please call for dates and times) NEXT SESSION STARTS AT 7:00PM ON TUESDAY, September 23, 2014 AT THE FUNERAL HOME IN SANBORN. PRE-REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED. 
The value received from a support group comes from the interaction and personal sharing with the groupÂ’s participants and the realization that others are having similar feelings and emotions themselves. The group setting offers an opportunity to both share and receive support. Working through oneÂ’s grief requires time, conscious effort, and honesty on the part of the bereaved. The support group is open to individuals, couples, or families that have experienced a loss through death. 

In May of each year, as our nation prepares to honor veterans and other deceased loved ones, the Sanborn and Hartley Funeral Homes conduct a SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE. This is an opportunity for us to honor loved ones of the families we have had the privilege of serving during the past year. The service includes a video tribute and memorial service in our Sanborn chapel, followed by a balloon ascension just outside the funeral home. Each family is presented with a tree that may be planted to serve as a living memorial to their loved one. 
Through this SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE, we wish to convey to the families, our desire and commitment to continue to provide caring and personal service, even after the funeral service has been conducted. 
To view a video tribute from our SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE, please to to the OBITUARY section of this website, and search for the link.