• Honoring Life

    It's important to take the time to acknowledge the uniqueness of the deceased: the individuality of their personality, and the uniqueness of their life's path. Not just for them, but for you; it affirms the relationship, and leads to healing after loss. Honoring their life is truly an act of love - for the both of you.

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  • Grief Support

    With our online grief support you're assured of our commitment to helping you through this difficult time. You can access online counseling services, join in group grief support, or watch our interactive videos, anytime: 24/7. No matter how you feel at this moment, you have our commitment - you're never alone.

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  • Community Events

    We give every family in our community unique opportunities to learn, share, and remember. Each of our educational, grief support or remembrance events is designed to appeal to a wide age range, including adults and children. It is our intention to enrich lives, educate minds, and ease sorrows.

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  • Funeral Etiquette

    The accepted customs of dress and behavior in a funeral have changed over time, but courtesy never goes out of style. Here's what we'd like you to know about funeral etiquette.

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Helping Families Connect, Honor & Remember


  • Dear Brian and Rodney, You both made everything so special to us and so easy for us. Love you both.
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    Family of Glen Berkobien
  • Thank you so much! To say we're pleased would be an understatement. I don't believe we could have had a more perfect tribute to our dad.
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    Family of Martin May
  • Brian and Rodney, Thank you so much for all that you did for Mom. I really appreciate it. It is exactly what she would have wanted. Your family has taken such good care of so many of my family members! Thank you again so very much!
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    Family of Laura Davis
  • Dear Brian and Rodney, Thank you for taking such good care of us during this difficult time. We felt comfortable with you through the entire process and that is so important. We truly appreciate the pride and individual attention that you put into your work.
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    Louise Pohlman Family
  • Brian and Rodney, We just wanted to thank you both for everything! For answering all of our questions and explaining everything to us. It gave us peace of mind knowing that Bobby was taken care of. Thanks again!
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    Nick and Kim Markusic
  • Brian and Rod, My brother’s mother-in-law passed away two weeks after mom. Unfortunately, family members other than Bill and I opted to use another funeral home. Bill has told me often lately of the HUGE differences between your services and theirs. It’s just to say that you guys are absolutely wonderful. Bill and I both treasure the relationship that we have with you both. Your business ethics are phenomenal; the compassion and caring are beyond remarkable. You made what was a very difficult time so much more bearable for all of us. Wish there were more out there like you. Love you dearly.
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    Barb Parrott
  • Brian and Rodney, I appreciate everything you have done for Lillian's passing and making things as perfect as she had hoped for. You have been wonderful! Your services have gone far beyond any expectations. Again, thank you. God bless.
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    Kristen Lake, family of Lillian Seder
  • Wakeman Funeral Home has always been the choice for when a death has taken place in our family. I have family members who remember your father, Harold, and the compassion and family service you provide in the time of a loss of a loved one. My mother, Sharon Talley, felt nothing but trust when she pre-planned her funeral. I felt nothing but trust when we lost her almost five years ago. My sister and I were surrounded by both of you as we planned her funeral. I, myself, asked to help dress my mother for her showing, and although you were concerned that it could be too much to deal with you supported the fact I wanted to and you assisted me. I will not forget the peace I felt as I fixed my mom's hair and watched as you got her ready. This would be the last thing I could do for my mom as she had done so much for me. I felt her spirit there and it gave me peace. Wakeman's is about family, and when a family loses a loved one, support and kindness is what they need to surround them. As long as I can remember, when a loss has happened in my family, Wakeman Funeral Home is the family we have turned to.
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    Kim Talley Rowan, The Guttowsky/Talley Families
  • Thank you Brian and Rod. Your kindness and support are very much appreciated by my family, and especially by me. Thank you seems not enough.....I love you guys!
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    Lisa Austin, daughter of Meredith Austin

Our Community Events

  • The Harold and Judy Wakeman Scholarship - GIVE TODAY!
    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    The name Harold Wakeman conjures up wonderful and heartfelt memories for many people. He served others by demonstrating his unique talents and personality through his life's work as a respected funeral director in our community. His kindheartedness spread deeply throughout his work to uplift those who sought his help. He was a strong and loyal leader, a caring and sincere gentleman, a down-to-earth friend and a person who gave of himself for the benefit of others. Above all, he was a loving family man. His impact throughout his life was felt immeasurably by countless people. It was because of his exemplary life that his unexpected death on March 17, 2008, was shocking to all that loved him and whom he loved. To help honor his memory, we have set aside a special opportunity for you to continue his tradition of helping others by giving a gift today! The Harold and Judy Wakeman Scholarship was established in 2008 with the Valley Lutheran High School Foundation in Saginaw, Michigan. Dad and mom felt strongly about the need of a Lutheran high school in the region. They worked passionately with other "first families" of the school to turn it from an idea into a brick and mortar facility. This dream was realized in September 1977 when Valley Lutheran opened its doors for the first time, beginning the tradition of filling the classrooms with dedicated teachers who thrive on teaching our children about Christ and challenging them for their next stage in life. The impact these first families have made on the school is unmistakable. They have volunteered years of service as booster supporters, worked to establish today's annual fundraisers, served as school board leaders, provided legacy gifts to help the next generation of students, and are some of the most vocal cheerleaders for the school around our community. Their level of commitment has spread throughout today's parents, making Valley Lutheran High School renowned throughout the region for its quality education and student excellence. Our family is taking this opportunity to reach out to you with the hope that you may join us in giving a gift to the memorial scholarship fund in remembrance of Harold. Money raised for the scholarship fund is earmarked to help students with their tuition costs. On behalf of our mother, Judy, and the rest of our family, THANK YOU! -- The Wakeman Family Please make your gift in the name of: "Valley Lutheran High School Foundation" You may send your gift to: Harold and Judy Wakeman Scholarship Valley Lutheran High School 3560 McCarty Road Saginaw, MI 48603 On the check memo please indicate: "Wakeman Scholarship" The Valley Lutheran High School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. Read more

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