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Planning Ahead: Memorial Options

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Garden Mausoleum Reception Area
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About this event

Preparing for end of life can be an incredibly challenging concept. There are a number of decisions to consider, questions to ask, and difficult conversations to have, but by pre-planning our end-of-life intentions we can help alleviate the stress for our loved ones.

With the help of Lakewood’s Director of Family Services, Kelly Leahy, we will walk through your options, and make sense of these difficult topics so you can understand what might be best for you. We’ll touch on burial options including casket vs. cremation, the steps to take for making end-of-life arrangements, and other important things to consider as you start planning.

There will be a brief presentation, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers related to this topic.

About Your Instructor

As the Director of Family Services, Kelly Leahy leads a team of advisors that help families choose how to be remembered at Lakewood. Her passion for helping families navigate the end-of-life process led her to a degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota, after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She served as a licensed mortician and funeral director for almost 12 years before joining Lakewood in 2015 as a Family Services advisor. In 2019, she accepted a new role as the Director of Family Services where she’s responsible for leading Lakewood’s Family Services team, which provides end-of-life memorialization, planning and care to families.

The Lakewood Garden Mausoleum

This event will take place in the upper level reception space of our beautiful Garden Mausoleum. Signs will be posted directing you to the event location or click here for GPS navigation through Google Maps.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Precautions

We are offering the following safety precautions, in accordance with Minnesota State and CDC regulations, to ensure all those participating are safe:

  • Attendees must wear a mask at all times in all of our buildings.
  • Per the loosening of restrictions beginning May 28th, 2021, guests are no longer required to be spaced 6ft apart. Seats will be available in standard rows. Capacity will be limited to accommodate spacing if needed.
  • Providing hand sanitizer, face masks, and sanitizing wipes at check-in.
  • If you are feeling sick or running a temperature, we ask that you stay home. Use good judgement, if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you or anyone in your household is waiting on the results from a COVID-19 test, please stay home.

We are eager to make a safe return to indoor, in-person events, but also honor and respect that this may be difficult for some. If you need any accommodations or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to

Please know that we will continue to abide by any changes to state guidelines regarding covid safety, and will update attendees accordingly.

Ticket costs will be refunded at any point if you need to stay home for safety reasons.

Lakewood Heritage Foundation

This event is free however we invite you to make a donation to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation. Donations to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation support educational programming and the preservation and restoration of Lakewood’s landscape, art, architecture and public spaces—for the benefit of all.

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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