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I am so sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. He was one of the neighborhood boys and a tribute to his parents
As my Mother passed on the 22nd of September, I wanted to express my wholehearted thanks to this professional group. I have known the Stuhr’s since childhood personally and professionally. My family has always been pleased with the warmth and great work ethic of this team. From my relatives lost we have never been let down in anyway. I think Catherine Stuhr is amazing and she clearly is very gifted. Carole had the patience of Job with an exhausted half ~ witted person in grief. She led me to clear thinking and had good advice . Timmy was so calm and respectful when I went to see Mother . There just isn’t better than what we received, it gave me the freedom to not be agitated about details. From the Simons family to the Stuhr’s and the staff we appreciate every detail plus such wonderful care, it makes a difference .
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J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., is South Carolina's oldest family owned funeral home and has been serving the Charleston community since 1865. Being family-owned for more than 150 years, we know the importance of family.

And we pride ourselves on caring for your family during the emotional times that surround the loss of a loved one. Since 1865, when our great-great grandfather, Henry D. Stuhr, opened his funeral service, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the Charleston community with the best in facilities, staff and service.

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Encouraging words of how to 'let go of the grief and hold on to the love.'

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[12/31/20]   Wishing everyone a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!

Bittersweet day for our staff as we give "best wishes" to our friend Steve Jackson. He has been a part of our staff for over 15 years and today he begins his next chapter. We hope that you enjoy retirement and great times with the grandkids.

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We ♥️♥️♥️ this! Helping one person may not change the world, but it may change the world for one person. #ChooseToBeNice

“I haven't flown in nearly 20 years, and with the pandemic on top of that, I was a little nervous about flying to take my husband back to Michigan for burial. But you all had angels watching over me the entire time.

From the time I walked into the check-in area and a Flight Attendant said, 'You look like you have a question,' instead of asking me if was I lost. To the gate agent who said I could take my husband's urn in the suitcase on board with me, to the TSA agent who coincidentally attended the same church I do and took care of me as well, to the passenger who helped me put my bag in the overhead. Everyone was so patient with me. I will fly Delta again.” – Carol F., SkyMiles Member

Stories like this remind us that even the smallest acts of kindness, especially during the holiday season, can make a world of a difference - because the most important connections we make aren’t between places, they’re between people.

[12/25/20]   Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our family to yours.

Creating New Holiday Traditions After Losing A Loved One

The holidays are meant to be a time of celebration, but for those grieving after losing a loved one, this time of year can be extra tough. And while it can be tempting to assume nothing will change, that simply isn’t true.

“The holiday season, with all of its focus on family and traditions, can make grief more acute as it reminds us of what and who is missing,” says Brian Calhoun, Funeral Director at Stuhr Funeral Home. “Pretending the holidays can go on exactly the same when someone is missing just isn’t realistic.”

That’s why, if you’ve recently lost someone, it’s worth considering starting some new traditions to bring some joy back into the season.

“Creating new holiday traditions is not about erasing someone. It’s an opportunity to remember the deceased, create new memories in their honor and continue their legacy,” explains Calhoun.

Not sure where to start? Here are some new holiday tradition ideas to inspire your family’s seasonal festivities.

1. Add a memorial ornament to the tree
Ornaments are like little time capsules, evoking memories of the years, events and people they represent each time when hanging them on the tree. A memorial ornament, then, can be a great way to remember your loved one each holiday season. You can create an ornament out of a favorite photo, have a custom one made on Etsy or purchase one that symbolizes something about them.

2. Play their favorite holiday tune
Another big part of celebrating the holidays is music. If you’re musically inclined or your loved one enjoyed singing, you might consider caroling around the neighborhood in their memory or having a family holiday sing-a-long. Or, you can simply add their favorite carols to a holiday playlist to remind you of holidays past.

3. Give back in their name
Since it is the season of giving, help spread some cheer by donating to your late loved one’s favorite charity or cause as part of your annual gift-giving.

4. Share memories of the deceased
Keep the memory of your loved one alive by purposefully finding ways to share stories of them during the holidays. Maybe that looks like asking your family to write down their favorite memories on slips of paper and then sharing them over dinner.

“You could also tell your children your favorite holiday story of Grandma or Grandpa as a holiday bedtime story,” suggests Calhoun.

5. Fix their favorite dish
One central theme of most holidays is food. So, what better way to remember someone who has passed than permanently adding their favorite dish to the holiday menu? Or, if your late loved one was especially handy in the kitchen, turn one of their recipes into a holiday staple that you bake or cook every year.

Stuhr Funeral Home is committed to providing quality arrangements to honor loved ones and family traditions. For more information about our services available, visit or call (843) 723-2524.

Traditional exercising can be hard on the joints and body the older we get. Have you considered yoga? Not only will yoga burn calories, but help improve your energy level.

Funeral Home Q&A:

When should I visit the bereaved?

The comfort of friends and family is generally desired from the survivors of someone who has passed on. But each person experiences grief in different ways. It is best to call ahead or find out from another person if it is appropriate to visit right away or later.

A reminder of how important the grief process is after a loss.

"Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand opens up about the death of his wife in a new documentary. 'I don’t think I’ve grieved properly,' said the former Reds defender. In 2015, Ferdinand’s wife, Rebecca, died aged 34 after a battle with breast cancer."

Advance care planning is like planning a road trip to an unfamiliar destination. People approach mapping their route in different ways, but your trip can be made more comfortable by planning ahead.

Coping with the Conflicting Emotions of Grief

Today we commemorate the 79th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Please help us honor all who selflessly sacrificed their lives or were injured so that they are not forgotten.

Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance - Online for 2020

J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. invites you, family and friends to join us for our "Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance" online, and from the safety and comfort of your home. We will be streaming the service from our Mount Pleasant Chapel in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Providing a message of hope for those who have experienced a loss.

Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance - Online for 2020

We invite you, family and friends to join us for our "Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance" online, and from the safety and comfort of your home. We will be streaming the service from our Mount Pleasant Chapel in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Providing a message of hope for those who have experienced a loss.

Funeral Home Q&A:

Where do I sit and what are the processionals?

A processional is a religious or ceremonial sequence of events for the deceased. Many funerals will bring the coffin in as part of the processional. Most will have an officiant lead the processionals. Once concluded the pallbearers will carry the coffin out with the family and chosen friends to follow. The first several rows are generally reserved for the family and chosen friends. Typically, reserved family seating is clearly marked off. Any other location or open seat should be an acceptable place to sit.

Some of the best classics!

Thanksgiving may look different this year, but we hope that you enjoy today with family and friends, whether you're able to be with them in-person or from afar.

While you are planning your Thanksgiving day menu don't forget about your furry family members. 🐾🐾

After Retirement, Finding a 'Second Career' as a Volunteer

Four American heroes laid to rest at Beaufort National Cemetery will full military honors

On Friday, November 20, 2020 our firm had the distinct honor to provide services for four area Vietnam War veterans, whose remains went unclaimed, and helped give them final rest at Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors. Our videographer Doug White captured these honored moments.

Their urns were brought from Dorchester County to the cemetery by military escort and the service included flag presentations, a C-17-flyover and a forget-me-not ceremony.

Veterans from all over came out to the cemetery to pay their respects.

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Stuhr Funeral Home Reflects on Veterans Day and Burial Options for the Fallen

Every November 11, Americans gather to honor all veterans of war for their patriotism, love of their country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. In the last several years, to celebrate Veterans’ Day, J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home has invited local fifth-graders to visit the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens cemetery to place flags on veterans’ graves.

J. Henry Stuhr is proud of its long history of serving veterans’ families with funerals and burials. Stuhr assists families in requesting military honors and funeral benefits. The staff is well-versed in the rules on burial flags, Presidential memorial Certificates, VA funeral benefits and more.

Stuhr offers veterans’ families choices in burials for their loved one. They can choose between being buried in a national cemetery or in a private cemetery. Benefits of having a burial in a national cemetery include having a gravesite in one of the 151 national cemeteries, a Government headstone, burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate, opening and closing of the grave, and perpetual care. Choosing to have a burial in a private cemetery offers similar benefits.

Stuhr offers its sincere appreciation of veterans, active, retired and gone, and provides more facts about Veterans Day you may not have known:

1. The first Veterans Day happened in Alabama

Before it became a national holiday, the first Veterans Day was held in Birmingham on November 11, 1947. The event, called “National Veterans Day,” was organized by WWII veteran Raymond Weeks and featured a variety of festivities, including a parade, to honor all veterans.

2. How did the name get changed?

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was once known as “Armistice Day” and commemorated the end of fighting of World War I in 1918. Originally, Armistice Day was created to recognize just the veterans of the First World War. However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress decided to replace the word “Armistice” with “Veterans” in the Act of 1938. The change was first proposed by Representative Edward Rees of Kansas and then signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1954.

3. It moved dates in the seventies

In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill created three-day weekends for Federal employees by moving four national holidays to always occur on Mondays (Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day). The bill intended to encourage travel, recreation and cultural activities as well as stimulate the economy.

However, this moved caused a lot of confusion as many states continued to celebrate the holidays on the original dates. So, President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 starting in 1978.

4. The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Although both national holidays are related to the military, Memorial Day, which is observed in May, is meant to remember soldiers who died while in military service. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all veterans – both living and dead – who have served in peacetime and in war.

Stuhr Funeral Home, a trusted name in funeral service for more than 150 years, cares for families of those whose lives have ended. Stuhr Funeral Home is committed to providing quality arrangements to honor loved ones and family traditions. For more information about funeral services available, visit or call (843) 723-2524.

This #VeteransDay, we honor and celebrate all those who have served. We are grateful to all who have dedicated their lives to this country, including those veterans who now serve here on our staff. Today and every day, thank you!

Thank you, Alex!
You were a true gentleman who came into our living rooms, inspired us, and made us smarter for over 40 years.

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"What to Send in Lieu of Flowers"

While flowers are a time-honored gift when someone passes, many families are now asking for other expressions of sympathy instead.

“Flowers are typically sent as a token to say, ‘we love you and we’re thinking about you, and those arrangements would be taken to the cemetery to be placed on the gravesite,” explains Todd Griffin, managing director of Stuhr Funeral Home’s West Ashley Chapel.

With more and more people choosing cremation over traditional burial, though, there’s often no cemetery involved at all. So, many families are now taking care of the floral tributes themselves and creating custom arrangements, such as centerpieces or a wreath for the urn, rather than encouraging other people to send them.

“Another reason may be that while mom lived locally, the kids don’t. And if they’re all flying home, what are they going to do with the flowers?” adds Griffin.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed people’s attitudes toward flowers. For months, many florists were closed and professional arrangements were inaccessible. And even now, with social distancing limiting funeral attendance, families are less keen to ask for flowers.

“We’ve seen a big difference in the level of flowers now versus just eight or nine months ago,” says Griffin. “It’s amazing how quickly people’s buying habits are shaped, and I don’t think it’s going back to normal – certainly not anytime soon.”

So, to replace traditional bouquets, wreaths and potted plants, it’s become increasingly popular for families to request a different kind of tribute in the form of a charitable donation.

“Instead of asking people to spend $50 or $100 on floral arrangements, families are saying, encourage people to use that money to do some good and rally around a cause that was important to the deceased,” says Griffin.

For example, if mom was a dog lover, the family might ask for donations to a local shelter. They might set up a scholarship fund in her name because she was a life-long educator. Or, if she passed away from breast cancer, the family could have people contribute to research in that area.

Even when a family does make an “in lieu of flowers” request, some guests still feel compelled to send flowers – and that’s okay, says Griffin.

“We have people who call all the time that say, we’d still like to send an arrangement and we accept those on behalf of the family,” he says. “Families typically know they’re going to get some flowers and just want to give tribute options. But they’re always grateful for any kind of support.”

Stuhr Funeral Home, a trusted name in funeral service for more than 150 years, cares for families of those whose lives have ended. We are committed to providing quality arrangements to honor loved ones and family traditions. For more information about our services, visit or us call at (843) 723-2524.

Funeral Home Q&A:

Is there anything that you shouldn't write in a condolence letter?

Here's what to avoid. You should not write anything that risks diminishing the value of your recipient's particular mental and emotional pain, such as “I know how you feel.” Offering advice (“You should do this”) or attempting to explain how to deal with one's journey through anguish (“You will feel this”) are also usually bad ideas; again, everybody handles pain differently. You also should avoid dwelling on the details or manner of death. Finally, shy away from anything resembling “This happened for a reason,” as it risks assigning blame and can in some instances even violate an individual's religious views.

Final thoughts. It is important to say what you truly feel. As long as you are genuine in writing your sympathy note and avoid some of the common pitfalls, you've done all you can do.

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Today is National Day of the Deployed. We are thinking of everyone deployed and their families today. We thank you all for your service. (photo by Brian Calhoun)

You are invited! Would you like to learn more about advance planning?

We are hosting a free Lunch & Learn TOMORROW, October 26th at Dockery's Resturant on Daniel Island, at Noon.

This will be a relaxed event where you can enjoy a delicious meal and learn about the advance planning process. Lunch will be provided by us! To RSVP please call Ed Selby at 843.637.1816 or email [email protected] to reserve your space.

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Have Lunch on Us!

Planning your funeral or cremation ahead of time delivers peace of mind to you and to your loved ones.

That's why we are hosting a free Lunch & Learn at Dockery's Resturant on Daniel Island, Monday, October 26th at Noon.

This will be a relaxed event where you can enjoy a delicious meal and learn about the advance planning process. Lunch will be provided by us! To RSVP please call Ed Selby at 843.637.1816 or email [email protected] to reserve your space.

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