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‘I needed to thank you again for making my mother Rachel G.’s arrangements so professional and caring. You had done my Dad’s so many years ago. My one call to you put everything in place from Florida to New York. You gave my Mother the respect she deserved. We will be “eternally” grateful.’Joyce & Steven S., Bayside, NY
‘… Losing a loved one, whether expected or unexpected, is a heartbreaking experience. Even when all the arrangements are planned in advance, it is still devastating and nearly impossible to handle.
Our story is similar to so many. My father-in-law was not well and in anticipation of his needs, my husband, father-in-law and I took care of his final arrangements, down to the wording on his stone. We were certain that we could handle everything when the time came. How wrong we were.
When the time came, we were emotionally devastated. Dad died in Florida, where my husband and I live, and he needed to get to New York for his final resting place. We needed to get ourselves and our family to New York, alert friends and family, write our eulogies and a myriad of other things.
Thank goodness for Steve Kleinberg of Eternal Light NY! Fortunately for us we, as a family, agreed to use Steve as our consultant and representative. During the final months I spent many hours speaking to Steve on the phone. He “held my hand” across the miles and answered each and every question I had.
Steve was like my best phone friend. We talked about lots of things besides the funeral. We talked about my father-in-law’s life. We talked about the grandchildren and other family members. He was caring, kind, sympathetic and even reminded me to find the laughter in our lives during the very sad moments that we were facing. He reassured me numerous times that we had nothing to worry about. He would take care of everything. And He Did! Everything!
Once dad passed, Steve had the reins. From the logistics of Hospice, Florida airports, New York airport, funeral home preparation, cemetery, Rabbi, limousines, and now footstones, I have had a partner that has had my back every step of the way. When I needed something and Steve wasn’t the person responsible, he found who was and got me in touch with them.
I will never be able to adequately thank Steve for all he did for me and our family. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have him in our life.’
‘… We spoke on the phone a few times and emailed each other a few other times and everything was set. I chose the casket from a website and verified vital statistics that would be used to complete my father’s death certificate via email. Steve notified me as soon as he had my father in his care. One of the nicest things about Steve was he made it clear that he was available if I needed him for anything.’Gail K., Plainview, NY
‘… I had never handled funeral arrangements before my dad died. Steve Kleinberg managed every aspect of my dad’s arrangements – both before and after his death. He guided my brother and me through the process seamlessly and with no fuss. It’s easy to work with Steve. Despite my endless questions, he never showed impatience and always clearly explained everything. I have now secured pre-arrangements for my mom through Steve and have been treated with the same respect and care. Thank you Steve Kleinberg for taking this daunting responsibility and making it so manageable!’Shelly B., Aventura, FL
‘When life’s tragedy strikes and a loved one dies and you are overwhelmed and don’t know who to turn to call ETERNAL LIGHT.
From personal experience Steve Kleinberg, the director, was a phone call away.
When our niece died suddenly his number was in my phone and the first person I thought of. Within the hour he made all the important phone calls i.e.: cemetery, coroner’s office to claim her body, giving instructions for no autopsy etc. He conferred with us many times by phone to discuss all the details regarding the funeral. In our case it was a graveside service. He provided seats for those people who found it hard to stand and umbrellas to shade us from the sun, He was there with all the paraphernalia needed for a proper funeral.
In the end it was Eternal Light and Steve Kleinberg who took all the details out of our hands leaving us to our grief and mourning. We are grateful to have Steve Kleinberg in our life.’
‘Some things like saying a good word about a great friend, and a good person, come easily.
Steve Kleinberg and I have known each other for well over twenty years as a result of us both being EMT members of a volunteer ambulance company.
Steve is a good listener as well as a good talker resulting in us learning enough about ourselves, our families and our interests as to cement our friendship.
Obviously, I learned about his ideas in how to prepare any family, including mine, in how to ease the emotional, financial and painful concerns relating to the burial of loved one. That made it easy for me to turn to Steve for his services on the passing of my beloved wife. My family and I were grateful for his care, efficiency and obvious concern for our well being during what was an emotional time for us.
In fact, I was so pleased with his very personal and professional assistance that, weeks later, I turned to Steve and told him that I would want him to conduct my funeral when that time came so that I would be comforted by the knowledge that my family would not have to concern itself with the completion of my wishes. This is a great relief to me and my children.
Steve and I recently had lunch together and, without wishing to sound morbid, I have no problem in telling my friends that “I just had lunch with my undertaker”.’.
‘When my mom passed away, I not only had to deal with the emotions of losing someone I loved dearly but I also had to navigate the practical issues of burial, which were made more complicated for me and my family by having an out of state funeral. Steve was fantastic every step of the way. He not only dealt with me with great compassion, he walked me through the process so that I was comfortable with every aspect. He personally arranged to have my mom flown to California, coordinated with professionals there to facilitate my mom’s final resting place and followed up to make sure everything was done to his high and caring standards. It is hard to find words to express my gratitude for everything he has done for me and my family.’David W., Atlantic Beach, NY
‘I was referred to Mr. Kleinberg and Eternal Light to handle the transportation and burial arrangements for my dear mother. Mr. Kleinberg called me and took care of all the arrangements for the transfer of my mother from Texas to New York.
He kept me informed and handled every detail from the time that we first spoke until the end of the funeral. Mr. Kleinberg called me with information along the way is it was comforting for me to know that my mother was getting the best care. Mr. Kleinberg was compassionate, caring and professional. Under the difficult circumstances Eternal Light funeral met the needs of my family.’
‘Steven Kleinberg was located in Brooklyn and took the time to drive to upper Manhattan, where I was staying with a family member, to meet with me. During that meeting, Steven, very patiently and kindly, explained the process and costs for cremation…’Marion V., Vero Beach, Florida
‘…How fortunate was I to have found Steve. He recommended a NY approved prepaid funeral in order to reduce the strain on a disabled cousin having to deal with her father’s funeral. When her father died a few years later all I had to do was call Steve and he handled everything…’Neil W., Palm Beach Gardens, FL
‘I also want to tell you how WONDERFUL Steve at Eternal Light was. I can’t thank you enough for recommending him. I recently recommended him to my close friend in NY’.Charna B., San Francisco, CA
‘Mr. Steve Kleinberg is a consummate professional who by intensive study and training, vast experience and sterling character stands out in his chosen field. He understands that as the chief guide in the practical aspects of laying a loved one to rest he is fulfilling a calling, rather than merely being engaged in a business transaction. This approach is reflected in the manner in which he serves families, including keeping charges as reasonable as possible.
He further comprehends that the American Jewish community is pluralistic. Steve is equipped to meet the needs and religious sensibilities over the wide spectrum of current Jewish practices, from the most traditional to the least.
His sensitivity, indeed empathy, and exquisite attention to detail are extraordinary.’