Today I went to the funeral of a man I'd never met.

Today I went to the funeral of a man I'd never met.

Today I went to the funeral of a man I'd never met. The fast pace of society (even in rural areas) sometimes make attending a funeral a bother for some. I think society has gotten it backwards. Society believes that the funeral is for the deceased. Honestly, that couldn't be farther from the truth. The funeral is for the living!! Because of my vocation, I have the opportunity of going to several funerals each year.

As I sat in the funeral service today seeing the family and friends of this man and listening to the preacher who led the service, I found myself reflecting on my life, my family, my friends, my job and who I am while hearing about the life of this man who has finished his journey. How many times do we get to just sit and reflect? I heard songs played that I may have never had the opportunity of hearing because these songs were special to this man and his family. The preacher that led the service was a man of wisdom and a man of God, his remarks further contributed to my time of self examination. I learned that this man enjoyed trips throughout his life and that he didn't measure a trip by miles or money. He measured a trip by the experiences.

I left the service feeling refreshed. I'd set goals to do better, I felt as though I'd contributed in supporting this family just by being there. Today this funeral was for me! It was time that I needed and I rarely take captive. This is my challenge to you. Next time the occasion rises and the funeral of a friend or acquaintance happens, attend the funeral. - Chris Boots

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Craft Caskets

We like to call them “Craft Caskets.”  The term “Craft” signifies “non-traditional traditional” caskets.  Our industry has talked for years about the importance of customization, meaning, a decal or head panel change with a specialized embroidery.  “Craft Caskets” take customization to a whole different level.  For instance, the Rustic Hickory has real hickory bark and pieces of hickory logs on the exterior.  The Patriot, honoring Veterans, displays waving maple inlay in a walnut casket shell with 50 carved wooden maple stars on the exterior.  Then there’s the weathered look of old barn wood or the classy styling of the Sanctuary, a casket made of Cherry and White paint a design inspired by some of today’s popular church furniture.  Most families want to purchase something meaningful that speaks personally to the life lived by their loved one, the Craft Casket Line by C.J. Boots Casket Company gives you that opportunity.

Stay in touch with us on our website or facebook page for new Craft Caskets as they are created.  If you have an idea for a new Craft Casket please feel free to email me, I’d love to hear your suggestions. 

Chris J. Boots


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Taps - Memorial Day Weekend

Sometimes it's the simple things that create the most emotion. It was always an honor to play taps on my trumpet while in high school for ceremony’s at the American Legion, the Indiana State Police Memorial Services and at funerals for great men and women who served our country. Taps consists of 4 simple notes. No tempo, no time signature and no one note shares any place in time with another. However, I know of no other composition that instantly brings more emotion to the heart as fast as taps.

Remembering those who have fought for our freedom this Memorial Day weekend.

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