Founded in 1835, Forever Oak Hill Cemetery has been an integral part of the growth of Kirkwood and surrounding communities for almost 170 years. Yet the cemetery is more active today than ever in its history. While the cemetery is a rich source of area history, it is also leading the industry into the future with its unique LifeStories™ technology.
Since taking over ownership of the outdated cemetery in 2001, Forever Enterprises has restored and refurbished historic buildings and gardens throughout the park. New roads, garden signs, and water features are now completed as well as several major construction projects. A grand chapel with a community mausoleum and a full-service funeral home has been conveniently established on the cemetery grounds. Today, Forever Oak Hill is a jewel in Kirkwood’s crown.
Forever Oak Hill is the oldest cemetery in St. Louis County and one of the first rural cemeteries in St. Louis. Forever Oak Hill Cemetery, with its 55 acres of rolling hills and carefully selected trees, had become the cemetery of choice for families moving to the blossoming suburbs of Kirkwood and Webster Groves after the Civil War. Dozens of Dogwood trees became a renowned spectacle each spring, bringing hundreds of sightseers to see these blooming trees plus Ash, Hickory and a variety of Maple trees providing breathtaking color in the fall.
By the early 1900s, a wide variety of stone monuments and sculptures filled the gardens, honoring the loved ones of some of the area’s pioneering families. Among the notables buried in Forever Oak Hill are Benjamin Gratz Brown, Governor of Missouri from 1870 to 1872, Lieutenant Colonel John Knapp who led his Union regiment at Camp Jackson in 1861, Confederate General Daniel March Frost, and Captain Lorraine Farquhar Jones who served in the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia. The names of many familiar Kirkwood and Webster Groves families are engraved on its tombstones, including Sappington, Leffingwell, Edwards, Bopp, Trembly, Joy, Warren and Kendrick.
Forever has also installed unique LifeStories™ touch screens throughout the park which feature thousand of LifeStories™ of area residents. Made from photos, film clips, written and spoken words, these LifeStories™ are stored permanently in a digital archive, and made available through interactive computer touch screens throughout the park.
What’s the big deal about a cemetery and funeral home in one location?
Funeral, interment and cremation services require smooth coordination of several services. We provide and coordinate everything you and your family will need for a valuable and seamless memorial experience. This ensures that a very important day is not entrusted to different companies attempting to work together. At Forever Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, we provide more than expected for our families.
Hostess serving freshly baked cookies ~ A part of the exceptional Forever service philosophy is providing refreshments to family members during the arrangement conference. Continuing this philosophy throughout the visitation, hostess/ servers and staff offer homemade cookies, fresh coffee, and tea while maintaining the refreshment area.
Parking assistance ~ Uniformed individuals provide parking assistance to all visitors and family members. As guests leave a visitation, these families are given a thank you card with a mint on behalf of the family.
Laminated keepsakes ~ The personalized bookmark program features a memorable full color laminated keepsake with the obituary on the reverse side. Also, prayer cards and/or service folders are laminated and given to the immediate family.
Crypt side/Grave side ceremonial services ~ Pallbearer ceremony, family keepsake floral tributes, special services for veterans.
Obituary Program service ~ A family’s heritage is better preserved with an obituary service. The obituary is posted online for family and friends to visit. This is a continual service allowing the information to be preserved on the website as a part of a family’s heritage.
Messages ~ offers friends and family an online forum to leave messages of condolences which are preserved on the website as another part of a family’s heritage.
Services ~ Family and friends may have access to preserved Forever Tributes, personal comments, eulogies, and funeral services.
Forever Tribute ~ Memories are extremely fragile. In time, they fade. Details are lost. That’s why people collect photographs and family albums, and record major life events on film and video tape. A chapter captures a special memory or moment in time, a priceless keepsake provided to every family honoring the life of your loved one. Hotel/Airline bereavement discounts ~ Family members and friends from out of town are provided assistance securing discounts with airlines and hotels.
Photograph keepsakes of floral tributes ~ Forever captures digital photographs of all floral tributes received for the family and provides color pictures to assist the family with writing personalized thank you notes.
Event planning ~ Forever specialists assist from floral tributes and food options to personalizing a funeral service with musicians, eulogy planning and special ceremonies.
Forever Cemetery Interment Set Up ~ The personalized interment funeral service is complimented with bottled water, an outside speaker system, and complimentary floral arrangements.
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