No one should ever grieve alone. If you need to speak to someone please feel free to attend our small group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Wyomissing Public Library. Call us at (610) 374-5440 to let us know you are coming and we'll save some coffee for you!
We are still raising awareness of Colorectal Cancer and will choose a new charity to raise awareness for on April 1st. Visit us at www.Facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome to see what's going on at KFH and in our community.
You don't have to be a doctor to save a life. The Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will be at the Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Avenue. West Reading, PA 19611 on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more info call 610-374-5440 or visit our blog post at http://kuhnfuneralhome.blogspot.com/2016/01/miller-keystone-blood-drive.html
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
BEFORE THE CALENDAR TURNS A NEW PAGE, BEFORE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES GET FLOODED WITH MESSAGES, BEFORE THE MOBILE NETWORKS GET CONGESTED, THE KUHN FUNERAL HOME WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A QUIET MOMENT TO WISH YOU A WONDERFUL, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Just a reminder, the Kuhn Funeral Home invites the public to drop off the following items that are needed at Opportunity House in Reading. Feel free to drop off during regular business times at 739 Penn Ave. West Reading, PA until December 31st. Merry Christmas and thank you.
1. Paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, sanitary napkins
2. Bedding: Sheets and blankets
3. Towels: washcloths and bath sheets
4. Winter accessories: Gloves, Hats, Scarves
5. Small Toiletries: Men's & Women's Razors/Plastic Soap Dishes/Shampoos, etc.
Michael R. Kuhn, President with his Father, Edward J. Kuhn, Supervisor, would like you to know the secret why the Kuhn Funeral Home has been at the top of their game since 1937. It's simple. Family, compassion and passion with a heap of empathy added in. Where "Passionate service is the standard" and it's not just a tag line, it's who and what we are from the top to the bottom and back up again! We are proud to do what we do and proud to serve our community! Please check out the blog post at
On Veterans Day the KFH honored long time Funeral Attendant and WWII vet, Pete Capozello. Copy and paste this url to see the post on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome/posts/705584349542928
Kuhn Funeral Home is proud to announce that our Office Manager, Deb Evans, received the prestigious Paul Harris Award at the West Reading Rotary Club meeting. Thank you for being an ambassador of the Kuhn Funeral Home and making our presence known not only at Rotary but also in the community. Keep being that positive influence. To see the award, go to www.Facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome and thank you.
WE ARE HONORED THAT THE KUHN FUNERAL HOME WAS CHOSEN AS THE BEST FUNERAL HOME IN THE READING EAGLE NEWSPAPER. WE MUST THANK OUR MANY FRIENDS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THE AREA IN HELPING US WIN THIS HONOR. WHEN WE SAY, "WHERE PASSIONATE SERVICE IS THE STANDARD", WE MEAN IT BECAUSE WE WORK BY THE GOLDEN RULE. YES, IT'S THAT IMPORTANT AND WHY WE WILL ALWAYS BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT TREATING OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WANT OTHERS TO TREAT YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GET READY TO AN EVEN GREAT 2016!
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH SO PLEASE GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, WATCH THE VIDEO, SHARE IT AND RAISE AWARENESS! www.facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome
When you or your friend senses a friends grief piling up, realize there's a growing need to release their grief-related emotions. Then, get out your day planner and schedule a time to do some grief 'work'. Shirley Otis-Green, of the City of Hope, offers this exercise as noted in the online article Grief Bursts by Amy Lynn Frost. It's called "Getting Back to Work" and the intention is for your friend to learn they can grieve without it going on forever. In giving them permission to have a grief burst, while providing the safety of your supportive friendship, they can experience the emptying of the reservoir of built-up grief emotions, bit-by-bit, in a healthy, supportive way.
Here's how it works:
Your friend will set up a limited time to engage in active grieving. It can be any length of time but there must be an end point. They will select a trigger to focus on: scrap book, journal, memory, wedding album or video, smell, or song, and then let themselves fully grieve.
Arrange for a face-to-face meeting or phone call with you at the close of this grieving time. At the appointed time, meet to transition back to reality in a supportive, accepting way.
This exercise will enable your friend to keep living their life by "lessening the burden weighing on their mind, heart, spirit and gut." Ms. Frost also advises readers to periodically complete this exercise to keep their grief "at a manageable level" and reminds them that "Grief work is learning how to find a new normal and moving to living in full color."
"Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".
- Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels
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No one likes to think of death let alone your own mortality. But one does not realize all the small details the family has to deal with once your loved one passes. I would like to extend an invitation to a luncheon seminar that the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home and Cremation Services is hosting in the upcoming weeks to educate you on the importance of pre-arranging. There is no obligation to commit to our funeral home. The only commitment you have is to your family. So please feel free to contact us and sign up. Knowing is half the battle. September 30, 2015 at Noon, Chef Alan's including lunch. October 8th at Noon, Viva Bistro & Tapas Lounge including lunch. October 15 at 6PM, 3rd & Spruce Cafe including beef and beer and October 21 at Noon at The Peanut Bar including lunch. Call (610)374-5440 and don't mention you saw this on the website.
La Abuela Mexican Restaurant in West Reading features authentic cuisine.
Growing up in Mexico, James Castaneda relished the enticing scent wafting from his grandmother's kitchen.
To a young boy, the lure of Columba Castaneda's tamale, pozole and barbacoa was irresistible.
So when he decided to open a Mexican restaurant with Glenda Delcid, a partner, there was little doubt about its name.
La Abuela Mexican Restaurant, roughly translated as grandmother's restaurant, opened Sept. 4 at 448 Penn Ave., West Reading.
"We all have a grandmother you go to for something special," said Castaneda, 28, of Temple. "Something special you go home for."
Not surprisingly, the menu at La Abuela is authentic Mexican cuisine, a la Columba Castaneda.
Castaneda and Delcid waded into the restaurant business after years of preparation as waiters in Berks County restaurants.
When he was 14, Castaneda got a part-time job bussing at Route 61 Diner, Muhlenberg Township. Throughout his years at Muhlenberg High School, where he graduated in 2008, he worked part-time at the diner.
More recently, he was a waiter for seven years at the Airport Diner in Kutztown.
Delcid, 33, who emigrated to Reading from Guatemala, also worked as a waiter at various Reading area restaurants.
They met at work about five years ago and gradually began planning La Abuela.
What started as idle conversation grew into meticulous planning a year or so ago.
Castaneda and Delcid, who earned a GED at Reading Area Community College, enrolled in a 15-week course at Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center in Reading.
"We learned management and organizational skills that we can use in running our restaurant," Castaneda said.
Courtesy of the Reading Eagle - Contact Ron Devlin: 610-371-5030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have any idea what your grieving friend wants you to say? What they need to hear? Chances are, despite your best intentions, you're often at a loss for the right words to say at the right time.
Grief counselors tell us that first, we should say what's in our hearts using words which acknowledge their loss. Sometimes, this can be difficult, even for the professionals. Take Caleb Wilde, an experienced funeral director. In his blog post, 10 Things You Should and Should Not Do at a Funeral, he clearly tells readers:
"Don't think you will come up with the perfect thing to say. One of the epiphanies I had when I first started officiating at funeral and memorial services in 2001 was that there was NOTHING I could say that would make this family not be sad. I realized all I could do was to be present and non-anxious with people who were grieving. Sometimes the best that you can do for someone who has endured a loss is to look them in the eye and let them see that you care."
This a brilliant lesson for all of us: "...there was nothing I could say that would make this family not be sad." Yet, we feel compelled to say something. Here's a good way to judge your words before you say them. Consider your statement, and ask:
Does it attempt to fix the loss?
Is it about our own discomfort?
Does it attempt to rationalize or explain the loss?
Is it judgmental in any way?
Does it try to minimize the loss?
Is it intended to set a timeline on their grief?
If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, your words may best be left unsaid. But know this: you are only human. If your words do the opposite of what you intended, then simply apologize.
"The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away." ― Barbara Kingsolver
Enjoy yourself at the Fall Festival on the Avenue, Saturday, September 19th from 12pm - 9pm! Get ready for a full day of family fun all along Penn Ave. in West Reading. Check out the Pumpkin Patch, Moon Bounce, and Beer Garden!
We have seen a lot of things come and go in West Reading since 1937 but this community event is one that we hope to see continue far into the future!
For more information visit http://www.lovewestreading.org/events/fall-festival.html
In 1965 Edward J. Kuhn founded the West Reading Summer Basketball League and this year celebrating 50 years of giving back to the community! As the founder and League Commissioner Ed continues to stay involved and stays passionate in helping the youth in our area.
Here is the line up of the 2015 West Reading Cultural Exchange All-Stars who traveled to compete in Sacramento, California. Cartier Talford, Jarvay Bolton, Colin Smith, Jake Templin, Evan Hargrave, Ben Croft, Christian Sload, Andy Wrobel, Reid Hoff, Isaac Lutz, Jacob Klahr with Coach Matt Ashcroft and Coach Adam Ressler.
Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home is in the community celebrating life. Congratulations to Ed and 50 years of West Reading Summer Basketball!
More info can be found at http://www.westreadingbasketball.com and at https://www.facebook.com/WestReadingBasketball
Proud to announce that Michael Kuhn was the third place finisher in the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading and Berks County "Kiss a Pig" Campaign!! The top three finishers got to pucker up to pork and Mike got to kiss Miss Maycie May, she's a pig! Don't tell his wife! Congratulations Mike for giving back to the the community that you serve on a daily basis! Photo of Mike at http://www.facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome
We are proud to serve families during their most challenging times. We are equally proud of our community involvement with local and regional charities and causes. Stay tune for more on how we show up in the community.
Michael R. Kuhn is raising money for the Olivet Boys and Girls Club with their "Kiss A Pig" campaign. If you are on Facebook visit his site at https://www.facebook.com/mikekuhnkissapig
Our family has cared about this community in the past and continue to do so today. We will never forget why we do it and will continue to do so into the future. Why? Because our family is your family and we will never slow down in doing what is right. A new website at www.KuhnFuneralHome.com, a Berks County Living Peoples Choice Award, Ed's induction into the "The Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame" and Michael's successful "Kiss A Pig"campaign to raise money for the Olivet Boys and Girls Club of Reading and Berks is just a reminder that we continue to move forward, as family and for the community. Visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/KuhnFuneralHome