Murray Memorial Mortuary at 5850 South 900 East has been serving the Murray community for more than five decades. Funeral Director Brandon Burningham says being a part of the community is a big priority for mortuary staff. “We are one of seven funeral homes and five cemeteries around the valley,” he says. “We are locally owned and operated. We believe in serving the community, not just the families that come to us during times of need.”
Brandon says that his staff is made up of first-generation funeral professionals who feel that helping families deal with the death of a loved one is a calling, not just a family business. This approach allows them to break from tradition and offer families more choices when it comes to funerals and memorials. Traditional funeral services are available in the mortuary. But Brandon says his staff can help coordinate services in other locations such as Wheeler Farm. Catering for services is also available.
“Tradition is great and it’s important, but we want to break away to offer our clients exactly what they need to deal with their loss,” he says. “We are open to new ideas that will allow the family to customize the service that will properly memorialize their loved one.”
Murray Memorial Mortuary focuses on three main objectives in helping its clients. First, the mortuary staff helps clients pre-plan funeral services. Brandon says it helps take the emotional factor out of funeral plans for the family left behind. Brandon’s staff can help clients and their families plan the right service that fits their needs. Secondly, Brandon says helping the family begin the healing process is a big priority for his staff and him. He says that getting families on the path to healing is part of his job and is something Murray Memorial takes very seriously.
Finally, helping the family after the service is the final part of Murray Memorial’s focus on its clients. Brandon says the mortuary has a grief library families can utilize to find comfort in their loss. Murray Memorial also holds monthly bereavement workshops on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. “We try to help people before, during and after the loss of their loved ones,” Brandon says. “It’s important to make sure the family gets the support they need.”
The mortuary sponsors several community events throughout the year. In December, the mortuary helps fill stockings for service men and women overseas. Each year the mortuary has a memorial service honoring those that have passed away during the last year. Brandon says it gives families the chance to gather together to remember their loved one. The mortuary also gives out the Caring Hands award each year. This award recognizes those who have helped families during a difficult time such as hospice workers or clergy members.
Visiting Hours: 8:00 am to Sunset Daily
Winter Schedule: October 16 to April 14 ~ Summer Schedule: April 15 to October 15