Painesville Location

1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060


Why Choose Us?

How Funerals Can Help the Grieving Process

Losing a loved one can be an incredibly difficult experience. Planning a funeral service can seem like unnecessary added stress during this time. However, funeral homes and services can play a large role in the grieving process after the death of someone close to you.

Most funeral directors and funeral homes employees are trained to deal with grief and frequently deal with people who have lost loved ones. They try to make the process of planning a funeral service as easy and stress-free as possible for those in mourning. They also usually have a working knowing of grief and how it works, and are able to work with those who have recently experienced loss.

The steps of the grieving process are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Funeral directors and those working with people who have recently lost a loved one are trained to work with clients in every stage of the grieving process. While most are in the denial or anger phase of grief when they arrive at the funeral home, any one of those stages can appear at any time. Funeral homes are equipped to help those in need at any stage.

While funeral directors and staff can be helpful, not all are necessarily fully-trained in how to deal with grief. If this is the case, most funeral homes are more than willing to offer recommendations for professional grief counselors. Some funeral homes even have counselors on staff to work with clients. Additionally, more and more funeral homes are offering access to grief support groups. Some groups are led by funeral homes personnel, while others are held at the funeral home and facilitated by an outside professional counselor.

While arranging a funeral during this difficult time may not seem worth the hassle, funeral services have actually been proven to help people deal with and accept loss and cope with grief. When someone is going through the process of grieving, there are several emotional needs that person faces. These include: acknowledging death, moving toward the pain of loss, remembering the loved one who passed away, creating a new self-identity, finding meaning in the loss of this person, and receiving support from friends and family. These needs are almost guaranteed to go unmet without some sort of funeral service or end of life celebration.Ultimately, skipping out on a funeral can extend the amount of time one is faced with grief and delay the progression through the stages of grief.

While it may be difficult, it’s important to receive closure after the passing of a loved one. The start of this is to arrange a funeral service for the person and reach out to grief counselors or support groups if needed. If you’ve recently lost someone close to you, contact us today to get started on the process.

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Memorial Ideas for Veteran Funerals

Planning a memorial or funeral service can be extremely difficult. Putting together an event for yourself or a loved one after a death can bring forth many feelings, including sadness, love, and compassion. This is especially true when you’re planning a memorial service for a veteran. Veterans deserve special honors and traditions during their funeral service. How can you prepare a memorial that honors this person and the lifelong service your veteran offered on others’ behalf? Below are a few suggestions for preparing a memorial for a veteran.

Have a guest book

Guest books are a tradition for many funeral services, but a special military book is a unique way to remember a veteran’s legacy. In this type of guest book, service attendees can write condolences and well-wishes to the family.

Create a tribute video

Tribute videos are a lasting way to remember a veteran. Families can create commemorative videos that show old film of their veteran, both from later in life and from their younger days. Video clips from family or other service members they may have been deployed with are usually included in a tribute video, making it a lovely way to recount a veteran’s life and share memories their loved ones have had with them.

Plan a celebration of life

Funerals come in all different shapes and sizes, and celebrations of life are gaining popularity. These ceremonies are a great way to honor a life well-lived and remember how special this person was. Celebrations of life can be especially moving when the other service members are able to provide memories from spent during a deployment.

Military displays

Whether or not your loved one is being buried with full military honors, displaying their medals, photos, uniforms, and other achievements for their time in service is a wonderful way to commemorate a veteran. You may want to consider a display table during visitation periods or the presentation of an American flag during the service. There are many ways you can be creative in incorporating a veteran’s service to our country during their memorial.

Planning a funeral or memorial service for a veteran does not have to be hard. The possibilities are endless in ways you can honor someone who has served others throughout their life. Contact us today if you need assistance in putting together a service for a veteran. Our compassionate funeral directors will help you plan the service a veteran deserves.

Our Staff

Planning a funeral or memorial service for a veteran does not have to be hard. The possibilities are endless in ways you can honor someone who has served others throughout their life. Contact us today if you need assistance in putting together a service for a veteran. Our compassionate funeral directors will help you plan the service a veteran deserves.

Jeffrey R. Monreal


Jeff is a 5th generation Funeral Director. He has been a licensed funeral director since 2006.

Graduated from Mercyhurst College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.

Volunteer at The Miracle League of Lake County in Eastlake

Volunteer at St. Gabriel Church Fish Fry.

Runs the Jeff Monreal Funeral Home Charity Golf Outing annually to benefit Non Profit Organizations

Parishioner at St. Gabriel Church/St. Bede the Venerable Church


Read what other families have said about Jeff Monreal Funeral Home

Dorothy Walker
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“Thank you for taking the time to prepare the arrangements on behalf of our mother. We appreciate you and your staff taking the time to fulfill our special requests. Your caring attitude was truly a blessing.”
Paul and Ann Glaser
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“Thank you for making John’s funeral an atmosphere of friends and family and a true celebration of his life. Your work is truly appreciated.”
Carolyn and Joe
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“There are no words to express how grateful we are for ALL of your help. Teresa’s passing was unexpected and you and your staff treated us with kindness and compassion. God bless you!”
Chris Drepson
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“Thank you so much for your help during the funeral of Richard Drepson. Your staff showed much professionalism and class. May God bless you.”
Jeanine Powell
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“On behalf of the Powell family, we thank you for the support and service you provided for our beloved son’s funeral. You made a difficult time much easier. Thank You!!”

What to Expect From a Funeral Director

The death of a loved one can be extremely difficult. Our funeral directors are here to make this time of grieving a bit easier for you. Read on to learn a few things you can expect when meeting with a funeral director.

  • We encourage you to bring someone along with you to make things a little easier, whether it’s a relative, family friend or someone close to the deceased. This can help you during this emotional process. They can also assist you in deciding on final arrangements for the funeral.
  • When you arrive, you will be greeted warmly by our funeral director. He or she will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at ease during the meeting. This person will also give you a list of pricing for services, caskets and anything else you may inquire about.
  • After a loved one passes away, there may be some legal papers that need to be taken the funeral director can help you take care of. He or she will likely need some important documentation so that the funeral service can go as smoothly as possible. Things you may need to share are: the birth and/or death certificate, any funeral pre-arrangements, and a living will and testament. Bringing these documents along with you will help the funeral home file all necessary paperwork.
  • In order to write an accurate and detailed obituary, the funeral director may ask you for some information about the deceased. This can include names of family members, church affiliation, work history, any hobbies or interests and a photograph to share.
  • Once all of the paperwork and small details have been filed away, one of our funeral director will help you begin to make funeral arrangements. Each person is different, and so is each ceremony. Some may opt for a more traditional burial and funeral, while others may choose cremation or a celebration of life gathering. Ultimately, the funeral director will look at any pre-arrangements made and help carry those out. Or, if none have been made, he or she will assist you in choosing the best option for you and your family.

Ultimately, our funeral directors are here to make you feel at ease during this tough time. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, contact one of our funeral directors today to set up an appointment.

When Death Occurs?

When death occurs, making funeral arrangements may seem like an overwhelming process. The responsibility of taking care of a loved one’s final wishes is not to be taken lightly. This is where we come in. Contact Jeff Monreal Funeral Home at (440) 527-6294 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we will help you through the process. Here are some things you will need to begin:

  1. The name and location of the deceased.
  2. Your name and a contact number where we can reach you.
  3. The name, address, and contact number of the deceased’s next of kin.
  4. Any pre-arranged funeral arrangement information you may have.

We will set up a meeting at this time to discuss funeral arrangements. Some things you will need include:

  1. The deceased’s social security number, marital status, date of birth, state of birth, and a recent photograph of the deceased if available.
  2. Paperwork for pre-arranged funerals.
  3. Cemetery lot paperwork if pre-arranged.
  4. Clothing for the deceased.

We will help you contact your clergy, acquire death certificates, create an obituary, and we will prepare the necessary social security forms.

Some things to remember:

  • Contact family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased to notify them of your loved one’s passing. They can be of great help to you during this difficult time.
  • Consider pallbearers for burial services.
  • Delegate arrangements for the deceased such as household care (cleaning, caring for pets, turning off utilities, etc.), notifying insurance companies (car, home, life), and reviewing debts and installment payments (credit cards, utility bills, insurance payments, etc.).
  • Contact the lawyer and executor of the will of the deceased.