The Gaines Funeral Home is a haven of peace and solace for the bereaved, dedicated to the memory of those who have passed on to eternal sleep. At Gaines Funeral Home, they strive each day to ensure the bereavement of our families is attended to and handled with dignity, compassion and professionalism.........

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?


by Linda Ellis


Gaines Funeral Home Opens Second Location in Maple Heights:
Aims to Build Strong Community Ties and Relationships

Cleveland, Ohio –On Monday, January 25th, family-owned and operated Gaines Funeral Home will open its second location in Maple Heights, Ohio, at 5386 Lee Road. (The official grand opening will be announced soon.)

The new facility features four viewing rooms, a dining area for repasts and after-service family gatherings, as well as a full showroom with caskets, vaults, and urn displays.

Gaines understands changing times and trends that shape ideas about how families want to memorialize their loved ones, and demonstrates this awareness by offering customized services, tailored to meet the personal desires of individuals seeking alternatives to traditional options.

Their original location (9116 Union Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio) has been a neighborhood anchor on Cleveland’s east side for over 43 years.

When asked about expanding to the southeast suburb, CEO Kaye Gaines explains, “We’re in the business of helping others, and the opening of another location increases our accessibility and positions us to serve a greater number of families.”

Gaines recognizes the importance of giving back and making meaningful civic contributions, and views having a physical presence in the Maple Heights municipality is just the beginning. In fact, Gaines characterizes their community involvement as more than a mission; she considers it a ministry.

“While funeral care is our profession, our calling goes beyond the day-to-day operations of running a business. We’re here to be an active part of this community, working with local residents—especially children and seniors—to support, strengthen, and sustain the neighborhood.”

The Maple Heights location hours Monday – Saturday, 9am – 7pm, with family visitation from 6pm – 8pm. (Sunday hours are available upon request.)

For more information about either location or the services and resources Gaines offers, you can call 216-641-4802 or visit their website atwww.gainesfuneralhome.com.

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