For more than 50 years the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week. This week recognizes the vital contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners to the United States of America through award ceremonies, events, and competitions.
The Putnam family of Funeral Homes is one such small business that believes in growing and innovating with our clients, while also empowering our clients in their most vulnerable moments. With 3 locations – Bertram Funeral Home in Bertram, Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls, and Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory in Kingsland – we are situated to help burial and cremation families throughout the Highland Lakes, Central Texas, and beyond. While the majority of our families come to us from Kingsland, Llano, Tow, Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Bertram, Oatmeal, Liberty Hill, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Horseshoe Bay, Spicewood, Lakeway, Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Round Mountain, and Johnson City, we also serve families in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Midland/Odessa, and outside of Texas from California to New York as well as internationally.
Being a family-owned small business allows us more flexibility than corporate funeral homes and crematories, and ensures that our dollars remain local. In fact, we donate several thousand dollars a year to local schools, non-profits, and civic organizations. And all of us are involved in the community, contributing around 2,000 volunteer hours in 2018. We do not have shareholders that focus on immediate and consistent profits, which allows us to innovate and work with our client families to forge ongoing relationships and sustainable long-term growth. We believe in supporting our community and are honored when our community supports us.
As a small business, we are also able to focus on what is best for our client families. We have on-site refrigeration and an on-site crematory, which means that your loved one never leaves our care. We do not contract out with cremation mills and we only cremate for our client families, which ensures the integrity of our quality control and identification procedures. As desired, we offer life stories and obituary writing services, have a certified celebrant on staff, have two grief therapy dogs in training, and coordinate with a variety of churches and local vendors to create a meaningful memorial or funeral service or celebration of life. We assist with preplanning and have a variety of tools at our disposal, including a licensed insurance agent, to assist you in preparing, and controlling, what happens to you after death. We sell monuments, urns, caskets, and jewelry, but we also stay alert to discourage emotional overspending. We are a member of the invitation only trade association – Selected Independent Funeral Homes – as well as the National Funeral Directors Association, the Texas Funeral Directors Association, and many more, which provide us with a network of international funeral homes that enable us to assist you anywhere in the world.
Ultimately our goal is to work as guides and advocates to help you build a positive foundation for grief. That is the beauty of being a small business and a family-owned funeral home and crematory.