Testimonials

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Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.

If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

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“From the first call to the graveside service, Mark and John demonstrated complete compassion for Father Jim Kiernan and for our family. Being a Catholic funeral home allowed for the upmost reverence during the rosary, prayer vigil and funeral. The services were remarkable due to their attention to detail and never once did the family have a concern or a worry. Our family has used this funeral home since the early 1900’s and impeccable service, quality and Catholic tradition continue to be demonstrated without exception.“ Family of Father Jim Kiernan

Peter Kiernan

October 04, 2016

Professional, sympathetic, and attention to detail are words that come to mind when describing the staff at Caldwell & Raddatz. They made it easier to handle the planning and completion of services following the passing of our Father. Planning a funeral is not an activity that one does on a regular basis and is usually done at the most unexpected time when one’s emotions are running high. The staff at Caldwell & Raddatz, Mark and John Parrish, made the process less painful and uncomfortable. The first contact I had with the brothers was when I learned that my father was not expected to live and I was traveling from the East Coast to the Midwest to be with my father. My father was not in his hometown and we needed guidance as to what we would need to do to get his remains back to Des Moines. The funeral home informed us that they had contacts in the Chicago area that would assist in having our father’s remains returned to Des Moines for services. Two days after the passing of our father we returned to Des Moines and met with Mark to plan our father’s memorial service. The funeral home is a beautiful building and does not have a gloomy feeling. As the memorial service was not to be for several weeks and we had to return to our homes across the country it was comforting to know that Caldwell & Raddatz staff would be there to assist in all steps. We provided them the obituary, photos and what our father would want as far as a service. While we were continuing to talk with Mark, his brother, John, prepared the obituary for our approval and contacted the cemetery to schedule the service. We returned to our homes feeling that our father’s service was in excellent hands. During the next several weeks Mark communicated with us via phone and email to inform us of the status of the service plans. The funeral home arranged a service with military honors. The afternoon following the service our family requested that we have a celebration of our father’s life for his friends to come and share. Caldwell & Raddatz stepped in and informed us that they would be at the celebration to assist. We returned to Des Moines and met with John the day prior to the memorial service. We reviewed the order of the service and the celebration. We were provided the death certificates and shown the pamphlet that had been prepared for the services. The pamphlet was beautifully laid out. The memorial service/celebration went smoothly. The family did not have to worry about any of the planning or implementation as Caldwell & Raddatz had it all organized. It was of great comfort not to be distracted with these points during this time. Mark and John made this life transition for our family much easier than it could have been without their professional experience and understanding. We are grateful for their expertise during this difficult time. The Hawley/Wintermeyer Family

Dr. Laverne W.

August 25, 2014

My mom passed away on July 5, 2014. She was 58 years old. She slowly began losing her muscle mobility for the past year and a half. Four months prior to her passing, we found out that she had ALS. Our family was very close and loving. This entire process was a difficult one. When we visited Caldwell Raddatz to make arrangements for her funeral, we were greeted with sympathy & compassion. The process was explained clearly, though our heads were so cloudy. We chose how we wanted the service to go & everything went smoothly according to plan. My dad & I worked closely with Mark, & his communication with us was professional, and all of our questions were answered promptly. Help was there from the beginning to end on this uncomfortable journey. Empathy isn't something you see very often, but it was generously given. We are very happy for the referral from my moms nurse, and will recommend this business in the future. Hildie Lefler

Kelani Piilani T.

August 25, 2014

Mark did an excellent job keeping the family peace while making arrangements for my son. John also did a great job of expediting the required changes on my son’s death certificate so we could get the proper paperwork filed. Overall, the experience was the best it could be under such poor circumstances. Thank you!

Penny Q.

The Parrish brothers were great to work with. They are part of our family now.

Diane M.

I changed my mind on several little things. They never were any problem and happened very quickly.

Lynn S.

The Parrish brothers were wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend their services and I have.

Julie L.

I was very impressed with your professionalism and helpfulness when calling regarding crematory services for my son, Ryan Spray. All was in order in advance and went well. Thank you, again, for your significant part in fulfilling his last wishes.

Lisa F.

Mark provided service that was most consoling to both me and my family. Your professionalism and caring made all the difference. Thank you very much.

Lois B.

I appreciate the kindness shown during a very difficult time. You help simplify a very confusing and traumatic situation. Thank you.

Dolores M.

This was a very difficult time for me and continues to be – but the staff did everything they could to make it easier for me.

Marilyn L.

Caldwell Parrish handled cremation and funeral for our mother and father, and we were extremely pleased with attention to detail and kindness that both John and Mark provided.

Jim and Sandi M.

We were extremely pleased with the services of Mark and John. Their kindness and caring attitudes were most appreciated. Thank you

The Schnoor and Byers Family

Even though all we had was a cremation, you were very kind and helpful. Thank you. P.S. Your pricing was also a godsend for our family, because my brother didn’t have very much money. We told several people about your funeral home. I wish you continued success.

Mary W.

Mark took care of everything for me. He was very supportive and kind to me and my family.

Joan H.

My family and I were wonderfully cared for during this sad, sad time. Blessings always on your caring service to others. Best Regards Mark and John.

Gayle D.

We lost grandma and my mom in less than a month last year.  They helped my family through a very tough time by taking some of the burden planning off our shoulders. Very professional. Genuine. Compassionate.

Sara K.

My mom passed away on July 5, 2014. She was 58 years old.  She slowly began losing her muscle mobility for the past year and a half.  Four months prior to her passing, we found out that she had ALS.  Our family was very close and loving.  This entire process was a difficult one.  When we visited Caldwell Parrish to make arrangements for her funeral, we were greeted with sympathy and compassion.  The process was explained clearly, though our heads were cloudy.  We chose how we wanted the service to go and everything went smoothly according to plan.  My dad and I worked closely with Mark, and his communication with us was professional, and all of our questions were answered promptly.  Help was there from the beginning to end on this uncomfortable journey.  Empathy isn’t something you see very often, but it was generously given.  We are happy for the referral from my mom’s nurse, and will recommend this business in the future.

Hildie L.

The most compassionate, caring young men you will ever encounter in this industry.  They took exceptional care of us when our sister suddenly passed away.  They are so professional yet make you feel like they are taking care of their own family.  I highly recommend them.

Julie F.

Howard’s death was such a shock. I am so grateful that we chose Caldwell Parrish. Mark was phenomenal to work with in all aspects of this difficult process.

Terri S.

I was very pleased with the owners of Caldwell Parrish, they were so pleasant and helpful. I would highly recommend Caldwell Parrish.

Ella H.

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