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2016 IMPACT Regional Business FINALIST

Wages & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematories is a finalist

for Gwinnett Chamber’s IMPACT Regional Business Awards


Gwinnett County (METRO ATLANTA) GA – WAGES & SONS FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORIES has been recognized as one of the leading organizations in metro Atlanta as a finalist for the 2016 IMPACT Regional Business Award, presented by BB&T.

The Gwinnett Chamber will honor exemplary organizations located in Gwinnett and across the metro Atlanta area at the IMPACT Regional Business Awards, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Infinite Energy Forum.

“We are lifelong residents of Gwinnett County. We are honored to be of service to so many families in the community and to be a finalist for the Gwinnett Chambers’ IMPACT award.” Jeffrey Wages, Owner.

“The IMPACT Regional Business Awards recognize premier organizations in critical industries that are driving economic development and job creation, while enhancing our quality of life,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “In 2015, we launched this pivotal program and received a great response with nearly 500 nominations. Bringing together leaders across these important industries is another example of how the Gwinnett Chamber can fulfill its mission to serve as a community forum.”


Honored with 2015 Pursuit of Excellence Award

Wages & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematories is one of 155 funeral homes nationwide to receive the prestigious National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) annual Pursuit of Excellence Award, NFDA announced last week. The award is presented by NFDA to firms that have demonstrated a commitment to superior funeral service through adherence to the highest form of ethical and professional service to families and communities.

“This award represents the outstanding service we provide to families,” said Jeffrey Wages, President of Wages & Sons. “I am proud of our staff and I appreciate this recognition for our efforts.”

The 2015 Pursuit of Excellence Award will be presented at NFDA’s International Convention and Expo’s All-Star Recognition Ceremony on Monday, October 19 at 4:15 p.m. in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN

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About National Funeral Directors Association

The National Funeral Directors Association is the world’s leading funeral service member group dedicated to education, information, and advocacy for the funeral service industry, serving over 19,700 individual members and 10,000 funeral homes worldwide. NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity. For more information, visit http://nfda.org/.



We are honored to have received feedback from many families about our services and staff. Below are just a few for your review.

We found it very beneficial to have a sanctuary on-site. The staff was very understanding when adapting to our spiritual needs and rituals.

– L. Banner

 Very caring and courteous from beginning to end. The facility was awesome. I felt comfortable from the time I walked through the door until I left. Everyone I came into contact with were simply amazing.

– P. Patterson

Hank was very patient and understanding. A pleasure to work with. Treated us with love & kindness. I have known the Wages my entire life having grown up in Stone Mountain.

I recently attended a grief support group led by Barb Kennedy. She is a guardian angle to the community. I can’t thank you enough for her services to the grieving community.

– A. Howard

5 Tips to Making a No Regrets Plan

Wages and Sons Funeral Home 5 Tips for Planning AheadPlanning for yourself or a loved one is easier than you think.  These helpful tips will make you feel more prepared when you decide to take the first steps.

1) Make your decisions in advance. If you have not made any decisions, your family will be left guessing what you would have wanted and be forced into crisis mode.  They may even make choices you would not have wanted.  Learn more about planning ahead.

2) Select a funeral home with solid connections to the community.  Surprisingly, many firms in our area are owned by large corporate chains or by out of state individuals who don’t even live in the community. Wages and Sons is owned by Jeffrey & Susan Wages, who are lifelong residents of the community they serve. Learn more about the Wages Family.

3) Visit the funeral home. Many local funeral homes may not have everything your family may require from technology to adequate space for your gathering.  Some funeral homes do not even own a crematory.  Our facilities will accommodate services of any size or type and we have on-site crematories at each of our locations. Learn more about our building and tour the facilities.

4) Make sure the funeral home will get it right. Some facilities may not be able to honor your culture, religion or service requests. Our expert staff is familiar with many faiths, traditions, and cultures. You have a right to plan a service that is tailored to serve the needs of your family and heritage. Everyone is welcome at Wages and Sons.

5) Choose a provider who will support you through your time of need and beyond. Some companies are really only interested in fulfilling as many contracts as possible. At Wages and Sons, we believe you are becoming a part of our family and extend to you the support you need in the months and years ahead with personal grief experts and annual events for families.  Call to talk with Dr. Holly & Barb Kennedy our Grief Counselors who are always here for those who need them.

Planning today ensures your loved ones you have a sense of peace and your loved ones are left with no regrets. Call now to talk with us 770-277-4550.

Honoring Mom

Honor MomMother’s Day

…is a special day set aside for loving and honoring our Mothers, but for those who have lost their Moms, it can be a difficult day and painful reminder of her absence.

There are still ways to honor her even though she may be gone from sight. You might put together a photo album, or a scrapbook of treasured memories.

You could plant a flower, bush, or tree that might bloom annually around Mother’s Day.

Donations to charities to whose causes she may have related would be welcomed.

Recognizing other women in your life who have been special to you – a grandmother, favorite aunt, a friend’s mother, a lonely widow – a card for “one like a mother to me” may make their and your Mother’s Day special again.

As difficult as the day can be, giving thanks for the years you had her and the treasured memories you have of her may just be the most comforting way for you to spend the day.

Light a candle, go for a walk, hold her in your heart – she will always be found there.

BarbKennedyWe support people beyond just the days following the loss of a loved one.

Contact us about our grief support sessions: 770-277-4550.

Jeffrey Wages Elected President of National Organization

We’re pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wages has been elected to serve as President for a national organization, FAMIC (Funeral and Memorial Information Council) in the funeral profession.  This is a volunteer post which will allow him to help funeral professionals better communicate with the people they serve.

aDSC_9322“As a lifelong Gwinnett County resident, family and the people of this great community are important to me.

Members of FAMIC are caring professionals who hold this same level of commitment to the communities they serve.

As President, it’s my honor to lead the members of this organization and to bring awareness about how people can strengthen relationships and “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” with a loved one”, states Wages.

Wages brings a wealth of experience to the post as FAMIC President. He is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, National Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America.  He has also served on numerous OGR committees, facilitated a casket discount program with Aurora Casket Company on behalf of OGR, and was on the board of directors for seven years— including his term as president. He has also served as OGR’s liaison for FAMIC for the past several years.

To learn more about how to have the talk of a lifetime with your loved one, click here or call us today.

Wages & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories Nominated as a Top Business by Gwinnett Chamber

Wages & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories Nominated as a Top Business

by Gwinnett Chamber

May 13th IMPACT Regional Business Awards to celebrate premier organizations
driving economic development and job creation

Gwinnett County (METRO ATLANTA) GA – Wages & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories has been recognized as one of the top businesses in metro Atlanta with a nomination for a 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award, presented by BB&T.

Designed to be reflective and unique to Gwinnett and across the metro Atlanta area, the Gwinnett Chamber will honor and celebrate exemplary organizations from the community at the IMPACT Regional Business Awards on Thursday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center.

aDSC_9322“We’re honored to be nominated. We support and appreciate all the Gwinnett Chamber does,” Jeffrey Wages


The IMPACT Regional Business Awards recognizes Gwinnett and metro Atlanta’s best-in-class organizations in the following areas:

  • Builder
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur (Established and Pre-Venture)
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • International
  • Nonprofit
  • Service industry
  • Small business

An overall Impact Regional Business Awards recipient will be selected from one of the above category winners.


“The IMPACT Regional Business Awards celebrate premier organizations in critical industries that are driving economic development and job creation, while enhancing our quality of life,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “They represent the creativity, determination, and engagement of our business community and are examples of the enormous contributions of Gwinnett businesses and their employees.”
Contact Gwinnett Chamber Programs & Events Manager Cally D’Angelo at 678.957.4958 or CDAngelo@GwinnettChamber.org with questions.

New Session Starting…

New Session Starting…

Barb Kennedy2Our next support group will start April 16th from 1:00 to 3:00.

The group will meet for a total of 8 weeks, finishing June 4th

This one is a daytime group which is rarely offered, so sign up now to reserve a space.

Meetings will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church – in Loganville
Call Barb Kennedy: 678-427-4116


The Spirit of Giving..

We are honored to be a sponsor of KidStuff-USA which recently held the Santa Toy Run that provides KidStuff with funding and toys that are used in many Children’s Christmas events.

Susan Wages, serves on the KidStuff Board of Directors. Before the holiday the Wages family attended the Gwinnett Foster Children’s Christmas Party.

It was a great event that provided a fun morning of entertainment and refreshments for foster children in Gwinnett County. All of the children not only received gifts, but were permitted to select a Christmas gift to give to their foster parents on Christmas morning.

Jeffrey, Kirsten and Susan Wages all worked to be sure the toys were wrapped for each child.

“Susan and I are grateful to have met, married and raised a family in Gwinnett County. We believe family is important and really enjoyed being a part of this event to bring the spirit of giving to these wonderful children,” said Jeffrey Wages.


Have the Talk of a Lifetime

Have the Talk of a Lifetime

People talk about many things with their loved ones: from day-to-day details to big events. Sharing stories with those who matter most isn’t just important today; it will be especially significant when it’s time to commemorate a life. Wages and Sons is proud to announce its participation in Have the Talk of a Lifetime, a national effort to encourage families to have conversations about life and what matters most. These discussions can help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones.

Through meaningful memorialization – that is, taking time to reflect on the unique life of a loved one and remember the difference they made – families and friends take an important step in the journey toward healing after death.

Individuals and their families have more options than even before for memorializing their loved one at the end of life. From simple to very elaborate, there are a variety of ways a family can honor their loved one in a personal and meaningful way.

“Memorialization is so much more than it used to be,” says Jeffrey Wages. “It can reflect a person’s life story – their values, interests and experiences – and be transformative, healing and comforting. Meaningful memorialization starts when loved ones talk about what matters most: memories made, lessons learned and how they hope to be remembered.”

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Annual Holiday Memorial Service

Annual Holiday Memorial Service

You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Holiday Memorial Service.

Gwinnett Chapel: December 4th 7:00 PM

Stone Mountain Chapel: December 7th 3:00 PM

For those who RSVP

A personalized crystal snowflake in memory of your loved one will be provided. One per family, additional crystal snowflakes may be purchased.

Please RSVP No Later Than Tuesday December 2

Gwinnett: 770-277-4550

Stone Mountain: 770-469-9811

Please call between the hours of 9am and 5pm to RSVP

Please invite all family members and close friends to this service.

Community Feedback

Client Family Feedback

Staff was helpful, thoughtful, compassionate, “a friend”, very informed. The facility excelled in size and cleanliness, the arrangements fit our need perfectly. Everyone was so compassionate and very helpful. I felt that each director, assistant and employee was there for “us”. My loved one was handled in a very kind and dignified manner. I felt every detail was perfect.

-Sandy H.

Your staff is excellent and I would recommend your facility to family and friends, all staff are very friendly and professional. My husband was very ill for over 10 years. Wondrous job on his appearance it was easier on all of the family to see him. Our family members called and received respectful interaction no matter what they asked. Thank you.

-Libbie H.

We have lived in Stone Mountain for 45 years and appreciate local businesses and try to show support whenever possible. Thank you kindly for the snowflake ornament in honor of my husband. It is very special.

-Winifred C.

I attended a friend’s funeral and was pleased with the funeral home. I promised myself that this was the right place for the future. I have also already recommended you to others and will do so again, well pleased. Thank you.

– Flora R.

We had a complication of having an elderly relative out of state. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and led us through this process and made it as smooth and low stress as possible. Your explanation of the cremation process helped us understand what would happen since this was all new to us.

– Fred H.

I really liked the information we got, the checklist of who to notify was a huge help to us. I had forgotten an item and you generously gave us one and refused to charge us, that was so kind of you. The location has a very nice atmosphere. Thank you.

– Lisa C.

We were treated as if we were part of the Wages family and your kindness and support were much appreciated. My family has used Wages for many years.

– Louise P.

This was the 3rd family funeral I have planned with you. Everything has always been outstanding. Everyone is easy to work with. It was like talking with a friend, yet very professional. I recommend your funeral home to others without hesitation.

– Joan B.

Thank you for what you do and the services you offer. Not many people realize and/or appreciate how you (individually or as a company) contribute to the lives of others and the families that have lost loved one — but i do!

– Cabarubio G.

The funeral director could not have been better.  I recommend Wages & Sons to all family members and friends.  You were great.

– Gerald H., Stone Mountain, GA

You made everyone comfortable during a very sad time.  The facility is beautiful and we have chosen you for a lot of our family.

– Cundi W., Ellijay, GA

Everyone is helpful and professional. The staff is caring and compassionate.  Thank you Jeffrey, for making a very difficult time better.

– Sheila M., Suwanee, GA

Everything was handled efficiently and professionally.

– Robert M., Portage, WI

The staff is extremely cordial and accommodating. They make everything easy during a difficult time.

– Dee P., Lawrenceville, GA

Completely satisfied with the staff and all the advice and recommendations that they provided. The memorial service and reception were excellent.

– Jerry S., Dacula, GA

Wages & Sons has taken care of several of our family members and each time it has been a positive experience.

– Ann L., Danielsville, GA

The staff is very nice and understanding.

– Brenda O., Snellville, GA

The staff went above and beyond! Extremely friendly during a difficult time.

– Doug B., Cocoa Beach, FL

The staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable.

– Kathy M., Johns Creek, GA

You really helped make the process move smoothly. You did an extremely great job during such a difficult time. Thank you!

– Kim A., Stone Mountain, GA

Everyone was very nice, that made it all easier.

– Lisa T., Lawrenceville, GA

They were genuinely interested in our families’ wants and needs.

– Lori S., Lawrenceville, GA

You exceeded my expectations. I chose Wages & Sons because of the professionalism displayed by the staff.

– Lucie M., Lawrenceville, GA

Great staff – very helpful and considerate.

– Robert N., Lawrenceville, GA

My family received very personal assistance and the entire staff was wonderful!.

– Susan C., Lawrenceville, GA

I chose Wages & Sons because of their professionalism, attention to detail and communication.

– Sylvia K., Lawrenceville, GA

Everything was handled beautifully. Thank you.

– Joyce L., Monroe, GA

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