Bertram Funeral Home and Cremations

Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC, announces its recent expansion into Bertram, Texas with the opening of Bertram Funeral Home at 1010 East TX-29. Bertram Funeral Home is dedicated to serving the residents of Bertram, Oatmeal, Liberty Hill, Burnet, and the surrounding areas. The goal of Bertram Funeral Home and Putnam is to invest in the community and provide exceptional and personalized service during a difficult time.

This familial funeral home concept not only provides space for services and visitations, but it also provides our Bertram families and neighbors with access to the Putnam private crematory.  Putnam owns the only crematory in the Highland Lakes area and reserves its use exclusively for Putnam client families to ensure the integrity of our quality control and identification procedures while providing our families with the peace of mind that their loved one never leaves our care.  Bertram Funeral Home also offers the services of the only area Certified Celebrant.  Putnam is dedicated to the ones you love, and our caring and knowledgeable staff is here to remove as much stress as possible from the funeral process and to help you build a positive foundation for grief.

The staff at Bertram Funeral Home strives to provide excellence in remembrance. Everyone deserves a funeral or memorial that expresses how special they are. We at Bertram Funeral Home are committed to commemorating and honoring each person who enters our care.

Please call us at 512-355-8201 to schedule a tour of our facilities.

Bertram Funeral Home is located at 1010 East TX-29 in Bertram, Putnam Funeral Home is located at 145 Texas Avenue in Kingsland, and Cremation Advocates by Putnam is located at 206 Ave. H, Suite#204 in Marble Falls.

Five Centuries of Death Certificates

Reprinted with permission from the October 18, 2018, edition of the Memorial Business Journal, a publication of the National Funeral Directors Association.  Written by Carol Milano.  Photo Credit:  By Simon Burchell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

You could say death certificates were born in 1538 when the Anglican Church decided that births, marriages and deaths should be recorded in parish registers. Until that time, it was easiest to discover a death by absence; documents might refer to a man in the past tense, for example, or his name would no longer appear on lists of jurors or witnesses.

Even for the wealthy, the recording of death was relatively unimportant. When someone died, the last will and testament became authoritative, rather than any actual death record. In England, the British government displayed great interest in wills, possibly as a source of fines or land. Because civil courts had the final say in any disputed cases, references to the deceased and his property can be found easily.

Before 1538, deaths might have been noted in church service books, missals, Psalters, chanceries or heraldic records. For richer individuals, legal information related to a death could be found in probates, coroners’ records and postmortem inquisitions. The less affluent often died anonymously.  Throughout Europe, though, more records can be found about the very poor than about the rich. Since everyone had to be buried somewhere, local authorities often arranged with churches to bury the poor.

In the 16th century, under “poor laws,” churchwardens collected alms from a parish’s wealthier members and used the money to build poorhouses. The indigent, if buried in consecrated ground, received quick, anonymous burials, sometimes in mass graves to reduce expenses. Any churchyard burials were probably due to a priest’s kindness. In England, more early data exist on criminals than on law-abiding citizens, especially if they were hanged; there were court records of the trial and execution date.

The first American settlers applied British laws and customs to the recording of deaths. Before 1800, churches maintained burial records for congregants throughout the Colonies. Most early American death information is found only in church records.  Eventually, some Colonies required churches to report death events to civil authorities; some locations have both civil and church historic records. Several Colonies, mainly in New England, actually enacted laws requiring local governments to record and maintain death certificates.

By the 19th century, many British and European countries were maintaining death certificates at the national level. The United States, however, has never created a national registry and was slow to establish government mandates for death certificate regulation. Before 1880, only 14 states (and five cities) needed death certificate registration. Most states didn’t require it until after 1900. Because registration laws were passed at different times, today, states have different information requirements for death certificates.


Based on an international form adopted in 1948, then modified in the 1990s, the United States has three types of death certificates:

• Standard
• Medical or legal case
• Fetal or stillborn death.

The form usually lists the immediate cause of death, the conditions that led to it and any significantcant medical factors, such as diabetes. The manner of death is also recorded, with space for indicating that the cause of death could not be determined or the investigation is pending. “Pending” status permits time for further medical examination while allowing for a funeral.

Death certificates are also a vital public health tool. They help set public health goals and policies, identify emerging public health threats and determine which medical conditions will receive government funding. Public health departments review death certificates to find patterns that could pinpoint a problem. A cluster of cancers in one geographic area might help lead to the discovery of an unknown toxic site, for instance.

For centuries, death certificate mortality data have been the best, and sometimes only, source of information about life-threatening illnesses. In Italy, for example, death certificate analyses guide allocation of national healthcare system funds. One review of 44,000 death certificates revealed that in low-income communities, common causes of death included cirrhosis of the liver, childbirth complications, respiratory diseases and lung tumors. In more affluent areas, women had higher rates of breast cancer.

Survivors use signed death certificates to file life insurance claims, settle estates and seek death benefits. One is needed to obtain a burial or cremation permit, which is combined, in some locations, with a transportation permit.


In 1866, a scandal in New York City spurred the need to regulate death certificates. When the city’s independent Board of Health was formed, police investigating the office of the former city inspector found a supply of signed, unnumbered burial permits. The inspector had been selling them to murderers, who used them to “legally” bury their victims!

Sometimes, a death certificate is used to fake a person’s death for insurance fraud. This approach typically requires avoiding law enforcement officials and relatives of “the deceased.” In one mid-1990s scandal, official-looking fake death certificates could be purchased for anywhere from $500 to $1,000. American criminals have even used counterfeit death certificates from less developed countries.

Death certificates have also become a tool for identity theft. When a fake death certificate uses a living person’s name, officials may freeze that individual’s assets, cancel credit cards, revoke licenses and cause enormous difficulties.

Unfortunately, U.S. death certificates have a high rate of inaccuracy, which isn’t surprising since only about 12% of American physicians receive training in filling them out. Up to 29% of doctors make errors about the age of the deceased, cause of death and whether an autopsy was performed. Death certificates of minority group individuals are the most error-prone.

Which error is most common? It’s identifying the cause of death, which is different from the manner of death. Many physicians make the mistake of listing as the underlying cause the mechanism of death. “Cardiopulmonary arrest” is not meaningful as a cause of death; eventually, everyone’s heart and lungs stop. The mechanism is an alteration of physical state or biochemistry, and it does get tricky. For instance, “old age” and presbycardia (“old heart”) are considered valid causes of death. One cause of natural death is addiction, a disease. Chronic alcohol and substance abuse are considered natural manners of death. However, “acute intoxication” is regarded as an accident.

Sometimes, doctors misreport a  cause  in  order to protect a family’s reputation. They might list “pneumonia” for an AIDS death or “accidental” for a suicide. Even before the AIDS epidemic, socially undesirable causes of death were often misrepresented on death certificates. These include alcoholism, syphilis, homicide, suicide and alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. This kind of misreporting is more common where autopsy reports become part of the public record. (Some states have eliminated cause of death from publicly recorded death certificates.)


Usually, the funeral director acquires the death certificate and other needed legal documents and itemizes their costs on the bill. If a body must be shipped to a non-English-speaking country, necessary translation costs may be added. According to one major-city medical examiner, Delta, the airline used most frequently for body transport, even awards frequent-flier miles for the passage.

Funeral directors fill in the required information on a death certificate, which includes method and site of body disposition, and sign the form. Then the physician responsible completes his or her sections of the certificate, such as immediate cause and manner of death, significant conditions, details about any injury and whether a medical examiner was notified. Death certificates then go to the local or state government office that issues a burial permit. The death certificate (or its information) is sent to the state’s bureau of vital statistics and on to the National Center for Health Statistics.

However, it’s sometimes difficult for funeral directors to obtain the needed physician signature. Modern facilities such as managed-care HMOs and multi-specialty clinics may make it difficult to identify and track down the right physician. And survivors can’t bury or cremate without the signature of either an MD or a medical examiner on a temporary death certificate. A physician can sign only if a death was natural. Medical examiners must sign for cases involving potential public health threats, police action or other unusual circumstances. They can list the cause as “pending” until tests determine what it was. Usually, disposition of remains need not wait for a final autopsy report, which can take weeks.

One key purpose of modern death certificates is to prevent cover-up for murder. This can be difficult because for a non-natural death, the certificate must be completed by a trained official who has significant flexibility in determining the need for a post- mortem exam. When a physician can’t sign a death certificate and give presumed cause, a forensic pathologist or medical examiner will do an autopsy if a case requires police investigation. Ultimately, the medical examiner’s opinion will be based on all available information: medical records, the treating physician’s report, circumstances of death, investigation at the death scene, any inspection by police or fire marshal and autopsy.

In homicide cases, the medical examiner need not identify proof of intent, but he or she does have   to determine whether suicide was the method of death. Identifying the circumstances of a case really can be as complicated as forensic crime shows on cable make it seem. A medical examiner might have to figure out if tobacco use contributed to a death; the case might have involved two homeless people fighting over a pack of cigarettes.

Deaths aboard ships are handled distinctively. In England, British captains register any crew member or passenger death in the ship’s log, recording information similar to requirements on a death certificate. When the ship arrives at a British port, the captain must report the death to harbor authorities, who then investigate the circumstances.

Occasionally, autopsy, pathology or forensic findings appear well after a death certificate has been completed. In many jurisdictions, if findings become available within three years of the death, the physician who signed the original certificate can complete an amended certificate.

Procedures were so much simpler just 500 years ago!

Introducing Grief Therapy Dogs In Training – Anubis & Anput

Meet Anubis and Anput, the newest members at the Putnam family of Funeral Homes – Bertram Funeral Home, Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls, and Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC in Kingsland.  Anubis and Anput are in training to become grief therapy dogs.  Their initial training includes acclimating to various people and situations and as such, they will be rotating between the three Funeral Homes.  Anubis has already shown his aptitude as a grief therapy dog as he will sit next to anyone feeling uptight or grieving and rest his head in their lap.  Anput, on the other hand, prefers to sleep most of the day.  As the entire training process can take 1-2 years depending on the dog, a facebook account has been created to allow people to follow their journey –  At the end of their training, we expect Anubis and Anput to be available for pre need and at need funeral planning, visitations, celebrations of life, services, and for community outreach.

The Alliance of Therapy Dogs provides more information about how therapy dogs offer comfort at funeral services at  Accordingly, “therapy dogs allow those grieving to receive some comfort and relieve their stress and anxiety for a bit. This is especially true for grieving children who may not be comfortable talking about their feelings with adults. Therapy dogs give them someone to talk to and comfort them during an emotional and confusing time. Death is difficult enough for many adults to understand, let alone trying to make some sense of it for children.

Not only do therapy dogs provide comfort, they also help improve overall mental and physical health. Petting a therapy dog increases serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain, which improves our mood by lowering stress, anxiety, and depression. Petting a therapy dog also lowers blood pressure and helps those who are feeling lonely, which could be the case for someone who lost a loved one.

Therapy dogs have the innate ability to sense a person’s emotional needs and act on them with unconditional love. Since those who are grieving may experience many of these emotions, therapy dogs make the perfect companion to help ease anxiety and confusion of death. It can simply be the therapy dog’s presence that distracts from stress and grief, even if for a moment or two. The power of a therapy dog to change the mood of a room is amazing, and funeral directors are discovering how to promote healthy healing in people who are grieving the death of a loved one.

According to Jessica Koth, public relations manager for the National Funeral Directors Association, “Therapy dogs have an amazing ability to put people at ease in a very emotional and difficult situation,” Jessica says. “I’ve heard of families coming into a funeral home to make arrangements for a loved one’s funeral, and when the therapy dog comes into the room, the mood changes and the family begins to open up and share their loved one’s story so the funeral director can help them understand how to plan a meaningful funeral. She adds that some funeral homes also use their therapy dogs in the grief support groups they offer.”

Anubis and Anput are rescued Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix puppies who are very laid back and gentle.

What is Your Testament?

by Guest Blogger Chris Putnam

I awoke this morning to complete at least twenty-five tasks before passing out this evening fully exhausted. Somewhere I will fit in a passing kiss for my wife and try to graze my kids with a peck on the forehead or a sideways hug before sending them to the shower and finally to bed. The routine will end after a few reminders and maybe even a few threats to get them to sleep. To credit my wife and I, we do read to our three-year-old before the battle begins to get him asleep every night.

Many of the people reading this blog know I am a funeral director and many have sat with me describing a loved one who recently died. Over the last couple decades, I have heard “he was a hard worker” or “she was dedicated to her job or civic organization” countless times. When I follow up with a second question about hobbies or experiences of which the individual was proud, I am met with a “it was always about work” or “he/she did not fish, travel, hunt, read, etc.” Nothing! Loved ones cannot think of anything except how serious non-family commitments were prioritized over internal family commitments.

The prompt to write this blog post is inspired by two women in different situations. Top Chef contestant and star Fatima Ali announced this week she only has a year to live with or without new chemotherapy treatment. Ali, 29, recently wrote “I was looking forward to being 30, flirty and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.” She continues by describing a desperate need to “overload my senses in the coming months, … and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.”

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations announced Nikki Haley her resignation this week.  She offered no reason for the life change other than the perspective that government officials must know “when it’s time to step aside.” Clues to her future are known only by her, but she told President Trump about six months ago she wanted to take a break. Haley referred to herself in the Oval Office resignation interview as “a private citizen.”

One can only speculation how long Haley’s break will last, as the political door remains open. My wish for Haley is to live like she is dying without the dying part. To “overload her senses” as Ali described. My hope for Ali is a treatment or miracle will happen and this all turns out to be a lesson on life perspectives and what is truly important.

Both women are teachers coaching us on how to use time.  What will they say about you? What is your testament? The regret of being self-absorbed and selfish with time is short-lived only when an end of time is in sight.  However, being generous with time and living for yourself, friends, and loved ones is a gift that is priceless.  Maybe a description I hear about you is “he knew when it was time to step aside” or “she was flirty and thriving when 30 and overloaded her senses with every breath.”

©2018 Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC

Celebration of Life and Funeral Catering Services

People generally think of catering for big life events such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations. These are typically events with set dates that can be planned well in advance. Celebrations of Life and Funerals rarely fall into this category as too often a loved one passes away unexpectedly.  Losing a loved one can be an arduous time for families and Hey Diddle Diddle Catering understands completely. We are collaborating with Putnam Funeral Home, Cremation Advocates by Putnam, and Bertram Funeral Home to support you in your needs for sensitive planning & catering in the Highland Lakes area.

Relieving the Burden of Planning

Whether you are celebrating a joyous occasion or saying farewell to a loved one, food is always a key component of social gatherings. The act of breaking bread and sharing fellowship has been an integral component of ceremonies for many years. However, preparing such a desirable meal for a life celebration and/or funeral can be a difficult, near impossible task for just yourself and immediate family.  In fact, providing food and drinks for guests at the memorial service isn’t likely to be at the top of your to do list. Our professional catering staff at Hey Diddle Diddle is adept at handling all of your hospitality needs in a dignified and efficient manner. This will help relieve the family of the burdens of planning for food and drinks at the funeral and/or memorial service. Our Celebration of Life caterers take care of everything from menu planning – with your input of course – to table settings to final clean up. This allows you to attend to your own needs and the needs of family and friends struggling with the loss of your loved one.

Flexible Food Menu and Beverage Service

We offer a variety of menu and beverage service options for you to choose from or we can customize a menu that suits the needs of your family. We’ll work with you and the Funeral Home to help decide the appropriate catering service for your family and friends and for your budget needs.

Our Celebration of Life menu will cater to whatever needs your family may have. If you don’t see something you’re interested in- just ask. We specialize in special requests and would be happy to accommodate whatever you’re looking for

For more information, please contact us at Hey Diddle Diddle Catering.   We would be honored to serve you in your family’s time of need.

Serving Liberty Hill, Bertram, Oatmeal, Burnet, Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Kingsland, Tow, Llano, Buchanan Dam, Horseshoe Bay, Cottonwood Shores, Meadowlakes, Round Mountain, Spicewood and surrounding areas.

Guest blog by Michelle Devaney, Hey Diddle Diddle Catering in Burnet

Telling the Story of Those Who Served

Written by Brittany Carrington,  Life Tribute Specialist.

Although I have not yet experienced the personal loss of someone serving in the U.S. military, I have been touched by those who have. Today on Memorial Day, join me in honoring the life of Lance Corporal Travis Desiato.  Please utilize the comments section to share the stories of other military members we have lost and honor those who have served.

Travis was a humble guy who didn’t like attention, but preferred meaningful one-on-one conversations where he could look a person in the eye. He was a team player. Whether in sports or military exploits, his concern was not for himself, but for the team.

Travis’ decision to join the Marines was born of his team spirit, love for his family and country and a long-time passion for helping others. According to Sam Mendales, a family friend, ”He believed the best way to serve his family and community was to enlist in the Marines.”  Following his outstanding performance in boot camp, he was offered an opportunity to serve on presidential duty. However, he turned it down in pursuit of his desire to serve in Iraq. “He felt most needed in Iraq,” Mendalez said.

He left behind his new wife and beloved parents and siblings to embark on a courageous journey to serve his country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Desiato was killed by enemy action on November 15, 2004, at the age of nineteen while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

During this time, the Americans, Iraqis and British had joined forces to defeat the Iraqi Insurgency stronghold in the city of Fallujah. The battle, known as the Operation Phantom Fury or the Second Battle of Fallujah, took place in November-December of 2004. It was led by the U.S. Marine Corp and has been noted as the bloodiest battle of the whole war.

Before his departure into the Marines, Travis instructed his family that, if he did not return, they were to tell people that “he did his job.”

Thank you, Travis, for doing your job to protect and honor my country. You courageously fought for the American cause and gave the ultimate sacrifice. You are a true American Hero.

Because of Travis, we can all have a greater appreciation for Memorial Day and what it represents: love, sacrifice, and freedom, and most importantly…heroism.

I can think of no better way to conclude this blog than with the words of his sister, Vanessa Desiato:

“The military made my brother become the man he was meant to be. He wanted to help people and did that by joining the Marines, the only thing he felt he needed to do. My brother has shown me what dedication, honor, and respect are. He has shown me what it means to be a hero.

To me, Memorial Day is the day we remember what it means to be a hero. Heroism is deeply rooted in the soldiers we say goodbye to with our tear-stained faces, and those we welcome home with those happier tears. Memorial Day is the day we thank those who did not get the joyous homecoming, or have since been laid to rest. It is the day we remember the heroes who gave everything for the soldiers serving next to them and the people they left at home.

Memorial Day is a day we are reminded of what combat veterans have given to this country, whether it’s years of service, the first year of their marriage, or their lives. Every combat veteran has given something to this country, without asking for anything in return. Memorial Day is a day to remember these men and women for who they are: heroes, who did their job.”



“What Memorial Day means to Me” by Vanessa Desiato

“Bedford Marine, 19, is killed in Fallujah” by Jack Encarnacao

Putnam Offers Certified Celebrant Services

Written by Brittany Carrington, our newly certified Funeral Celebrant.

Many have asked me, “What is a Funeral Celebrant?”

A celebrant is a person – male or female, clergy or layperson – who seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss by providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased.

Having been in the funeral industry since 2008, I have seen my fair share of cookie-cutter funerals. You all know the type! The officiant, having had no contact with the family, comes to the funeral with a pre-formatted order of service, chats with the family for 10 minutes on what songs they will be playing, and walks up to the podium. After introducing himself, he says, “I didn’t know Mrs. Smith, but…” and then continues with an opening prayer, a few songs, reading of the obituary, message, and closing prayer.

I state this example – not out of disrespect for those who officiate services, as in some case the minister was called at the last minute and had no choice – but to emphasize the importance of the role of a Certified Funeral Celebrant.

I recently attended Funeral Celebrant Training in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the training, I sat in a room full of clergy members, funeral directors, chaplains, and other attendees from various professions. We were subjected to the good, the bad and the ugly in funeral service. We discussed some instances where funeral services caused more harm than good and other instances where they were a healing balm to a hurting soul. Obviously, it was our goal to learn how to provide the latter. By the end of the training, we had been educated on the necessary elements of a meaningful funeral service, equipped with tools from other skilled and experienced celebrants and, finally, given the opportunity to practice our newly acquired skills.

This was the frightening part.

We were split into groups of two and assigned a death scenario, such as natural causes, SIDS, cancer, accident, homicide, suicide and overdose, etc. We were to fabricate the name of the decedent, their history, family and other details. Next, we were to create a personalized and meaningful funeral and present it to the class. My partner and I were assigned one of the most difficult death scenarios…suicide.

As we began to fabricate a story about our suicide victim, my partner burst into tears and said his close cousin had committed suicide some years back and it would mean so much if we could create our celebrant service in his honor. At that moment, it became very real for both of us. We were no longer fabricating a funeral, we were honoring a life.

As the details began to unfold, we were planning a service for a 45-year-old Vietnam veteran who had experienced a life-changing event when, one day after he was transferred to a new platoon, his old platoon was wiped out. For the remainder of his life, he struggled with PTSD, guilt, depression and an obsession with danger that landed him in the hospital on several occasions and, once, an extended coma. His injuries led to an opioid addiction that controlled his life and resulted in him losing his family.

It was an extremely difficult task, but my partner and I created a service that honored a life without hiding or brushing over the truth. Instead, we created a safe place for people to feel…to express emotions when words weren’t sufficient…a place to heal.  We acknowledged the pain of those left behind with poems and words of comfort and established the significance of the beloved decedent with a video tribute (all pretend, of course).

According to Doug Manning, the founder of our celebrant training program, “When words fail, ceremony takes over.” Our hypothetical funeral included elements of ceremony with meaningful songs and military honors. All the hypothetical attendees took home a little American Flag in tribute of the deceased that they could either keep in his memory or place on his grave at a later date to show evidence of their visit.

The core message of our service was that…he mattered.

In planning this hypothetical service, my partner and I took the core elements we learned in training and applied them in a way that highlighted the significance of a life and encouraged a healing and safe atmosphere in which the family could cherish memories, express emotions and share in their grief.

My passion is to serve families on a more personal level and offer a service that will lay a solid foundation for their grief journey. It is a common misconception that a viewing and funeral bring “closure.” However, as wisely stated by Doug Manning, the grief process will consist of many “closings,” events that promote healing. There is no magical moment when closure comes and grief is gone. Grief is a process that must be walked through. Many who have been through the grief process can testify to the waves of grief. One minute you are fine and the next minute, you are crying your eyes out. This is normal and contributes to healing.

As a licensed Funeral Director and Certified Funeral Celebrant, I not only orchestrate the business side of the funeral planning process, but I also help the family create a meaningful funeral service that provides a safe atmosphere where people feel permission to grieve and express emotion through song, ceremony and participation. One that ultimately celebrates the significance of a life and honors the reality of a death.

Just like a small droplet in a large body of water will result in far-reaching ripples, each life is significant and deserves to be celebrated for its uniqueness and lasting impact.

©2018 Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC

Funeral Photography and Videography

One expects to see a professional photographer or videographer at a Wedding, Gala, or Quinceañera, but what about a funeral?  While not as common, many families are discovering that having a professional photographer or videographer at their service or celebration of life is absolutely worth it.  From personal experience I know that one of the greatest gifts my aunt gave me was bringing a professional photographer to my grandmother’s service.  My baby was only a few weeks old and had yet to be photographed, plus, this was probably going to be the last time my extended family was going to be in one place.  We were able to take photographs of generations, siblings, cousins, and friends and capture a moment in time that would have otherwise passed us by.  The photographer was able to catch some incredibly moving moments that were not posed, and in my eyes, priceless.

At the same time, it is important for a photographer or videographer to recognize boundaries, especially if photographing or taping the actual service. Families will need to establish ground rules in advance.  For example, no flash, remain unobtrusive, be sensitive and use good judgement.

If you are interested in a professional photographer for your service, Jenna Petty has experience working with Putnam families and comes highly recommended.  She is an experienced event photographer who is very sensitive to the needs of her clients and families and able to capture those priceless moments.  She can be reached via her website or email at

Our clients also find video tributes, live service feeds, and a funeral video priceless as it helps to connect families separated by distance and gives the opportunity to share a life changing event with the younger generation when they grow up.

Putnam also recommends Matt Turner Video Services for your videography needs.  He can be reached via his website at or via email at


©2018 Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC

Best Marble Falls Funeral Home 2018

Thank you to our community for voting us the Best Funeral Home in Marble Falls for 2018 in the Reader’s Choice Awards published by The Highlander and The Burnet Bulletin.  We are honored that you trust us with your loved ones and value the service we provide.  We will continue to help our families make meaning out of loss and find joy in despair.

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10 children’s books on loss and grief

When a loved-one dies, a child may be full of questions it’s difficult to know how to answer, or full of feelings they find it hard to express. Reading aloud is a wonderful way to be close and share, drawing on words and pictures for comfort and to talk about things it’s not easy to understand.

These 10 beautiful children’s books on grief and loss have been written with younger kids in mind, but explore complicated emotions with a simplicity that can be a comfort for the bereaved, whatever age you are.

The Goodbye Book

by Todd Brown (Little Brown, $17.99)

This book uses uncomplicated words and colorful pictures to describe things we think and feel when someone we loved very much dies. Among the most warm and reassuring children’s books on death to read aloud and begin a conversation with a little one, it’s told from the perspective of a pet fish who has lost his companion.

Watch Todd read his book aloud:

Waterbugs and Dragonflies

by Doris Stickney (Pilgrim Press, $18)

This classic children’s book on death has been around since 1971 and has a spiritual take the subject. It compares the underwater lives of waterbugs to our time on Earth. Each time one swims to the surface of the water, it disappears. It emerges and flies into the sunshine as a beautiful dragonfly – even though the ones that are left behind cannot see this happen.

I Miss You: A First Look at Death

by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker (Barron’s Educational, $7.99)

This children’s bereavement book helps act as a prompt to help younger ones to talk about death with a parent or teacher and express their feelings. Author Pat Thomas is a psychotherapist and counselor and her writing introduces boys and girls to the idea that grief and loss are normal feelings to have when someone dies.

When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief

by Marge Eaton Heegaard (Woodland Press, $9.99)

Young readers can help draw the pictures for this book. It explores all about when someone dies and the questions and feelings we are left with. Besides children’s books on grief and loss, author and clinician Marge Eaton Heegaard’s other art therapy titles for kids include all about living with the first stage of a serious illness.

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss

by Michaelene Mundy (Abbey Press, $7.95)

It’s okay to feel gloomy and it’s fine to cry, when someone’s died and you have all sorts of complicated feelings that you don’t know what to do with. Besides affirming that we can feel sad when we are missing people in all sorts of ways, this book for grieving children includes questions to ask and open up conversations.

The Heart and the Bottle

by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins, $10.50)

This story is about a little girl who begins to forget about the other things she loves, when someone special to her dies. Keeping her heart in a bottle will keep it safe from more hurt, she thinks, until she meets another little girl whose infectious curiosity reminds her about how she used to be. It’s among the children’s books on grief and loss with a touching and symbolic narrative.

The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic, with illustrations by Olivier Tallec (Candlewick Books, $14.99)

When a little boy wakes up to find his mommy has died, he feels sad, cross and worried that he will forget her. He decides if the scratch on his knee doesn’t go away, it will keep his mom closer. When Grandma visits, she helps him find some different ways to hold onto his mom’s love. This moving story may be a comfort to grieving children finding it hard to accept a loved one’s death, but shows that moving on never means forgetting.

Missing Mommy

by Rebecca Cobb (Henry Holt & Co, $16.99)

When we say goodbye to mommy, where did she go? The author and illustrator of this children’s bereavement book welcomed the support of child bereavement experts when she created this highly-praised book for very young ones.

What Does Dead Mean?

by Caroline Jay, Jenni Thomas and Unity Joy Dale (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, $15.95)

Why do people have to die – and is being dead like sleeping? This children’s book on grief and loss addresses 17 big questions that children have about death, with simple, truthful answers and talking points of its own to prompt further thoughts and conversation.

Where Are You? A Child’s Book About Loss

by Laura Olivieri (, $13.94)

This book conveys in simple, yet thought-provoking ways the emotional and physical ways in which we react when someone dies, from not being able to see them anymore, to feeling sad. Comforting to listen to, as well as to read aloud, it could help you both talk about the loved one you have lost and miss.