By: Pastor Joel Lindman, Bell Creek Community Church
I first met Tom Rost when we attended the same church in Southfield, Michigan. But I really got to know Tom after I went to seminary and became a pastor. Running R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Tom needed pastors to perform funerals. He would often ask me.
From there, our relationship has only grown, as has my respect for what Tom does at Harris Funeral Homes.
I’ve performed many funerals at numerous funeral homes over the years, and I can confidently say that Harris Funeral Homes is the gold standard. They don’t lack anything. Their professionalism, their care, and their integrity are second to none.
When you walk in, one of the first things you notice is the facilities. They’re pristine. Just when I think, “Tom, you can’t do anything else here,” he’s upgrading or he’s painting. Tom doesn’t spare any expense – he puts his money back into his business to care for people.
You also immediately notice the professionalism of the staff. And the dress code is a critical piece of that. Tom didn’t implement a dress code in order to impress the grieving families that he serves but to honor them. The way the staff is dressed sends the message: “We are dressed up for you. We don’t do things in a half-baked way. And we don’t do things that could possibly distract from your care, because we know you’re going through a tough time.”
That’s why I find it so hard to believe that the dress code is what has landed Tom and Harris Funeral Homes at the U.S. Supreme Court. If more people understood Tom and what he does at Harris Funeral Homes, I know they would find it hard to believe, too.
Everything that Tom does is for the glory of God.
Tom sees each person that walks into his funeral home as made in the image of God, regardless of what they believe. And he knows by serving them with excellence, by treating them well, he’s representing Christ.
That’s why so many people walk away from Harris Funeral Homes saying, “This guy treated me like no one else has treated me.”
As the police chaplain and a local pastor, families often ask me for recommendations on funeral homes. I always recommend Harris first.
Early in my ministry at Bell Creek Community Church, a couple lost their six-week-old baby. God had prepared them as much as you can be prepared for a tragedy like that. They knew their baby was not going to recover. So this couple came to me and asked, “Where do we go? What do we do?” I recommended Harris Funeral Homes. And they were very pleased with the professionalism and care they received.
I’ve also experienced the excellence of Harris Funeral Homes firsthand. Tom has done funerals for my father, mother, and aunt. And each time I felt true compassion.
That’s why Harris Funeral Homes has such an exceptional reputation in the community. Tom has a long legacy of serving people with excellence as they go through one of the most difficult times in their life. The staff at Harris Funeral Homes truly cares about each and every person that walks through their doors.
The government shouldn’t punish them for that.