A Rite of Passage at Chapel of the Valley
Not many people know that Chapel of the Valley—L.B. Hall Funeral Home (2065 Upper River Road) is one of the oldest businesses in Grants Pass. L.B. Hall was actually the first undertaker in Grants Pass, opening business in 1905 in a building on 6th Street. He eventually moved the business to C Street and which was later known as Lundberg’s L.B. Hall. Slawson’s Chapel of the Valley opened in 1973, and in 2003 the two businesses combined forces.
“Chapel of the Valley—L.B. Hall Funeral Home is part of the Dignity Memorial Network, which is North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services,” said manager Leila Bradish. “Being part of this network, we are able to offer our client families many services that may not be offered elsewhere. Our values are Respect, Integrity, Service Excellence, and Enduring Relationships.”
Leila grew up in the Rogue Valley and moved back here in 2014 in order to care for her grandmother. “When I experienced the loss of my mother 20 years ago, it changed the entire trajectory of my life,” she said. “When looking for a career path I wanted to do something that would positively affect people. During this self-discovery, I was living in Dallas, Texas, and I looked into mortuary colleges. I graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and was class president in 2011.”
All of the staff live in and are part of the Grants Pass community. “We are available 24 hours a day, and we take care of all aspects of funerary services, including cremation, burial, filing necessary legal documents, and providing local, domestic or international transportation,” Leila said. “We also create tribute DVDs and personalized printed materials, all done with compassion to celebrate lives well lived. We recently lowered our direct cremation pricing in order to better serve our community.”
While funerals are another rite of passage, they are planned over a matter of days (not months), and the staff at Chapel of the Valley—L.B. Hall Funeral Home work overtime to ensure that the wishes of the families are honored with respect and in a timely manner.
“The feedback I received from families is they are impressed at how warm and inviting the building and staff are,” Leila said. “Most are surprised that all of our current funeral directors and embalmers are women. After our first meeting most families leave with a hug. We also plan and provide services at any venue the family wishes, from churches and parks to restaurants, wineries and even at a home, where we go to make sure everything goes smoothly.”
For more information, the phone number is 541-479-7581, and you can visit them at www.chapel-valley.com.