South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: Heartland Funeral Home

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Heartland Funeral Home is a 2019 award winner for funeral homes and services in South Dakota!

If you’re looking for the right funeral home in Brandon, look no further than Heartland Funeral Home.

Heartland Funeral Home has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.95 stars, earning them wonderful Rating Score™ of 87.47 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 funeral homes in all of South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We had no worries after talking to Todd; he took care of everything, which was a great comfort to our family during this difficult time in our lives. We couldn’t believe how beautiful and at peace our grandmother looked during the visitation. The end of my grandma’s journey was a wonderful experience thanks to Todd and his staff. We couldn’t have asked for a better funeral home.” – C.K.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

Todd Winkel, Funeral Director and owner of Heartland Funeral Home, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about his award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation.

The first question we had for Todd was what sets Heartland Funeral Home apart from the many other funeral homes in South Dakota. Here’s his response:

“I have a lot of experience. I am affordable. I encourage people to compare prices. My prices are often significantly less than my competition. I am not as big as the other companies, but that is why we can charge our customers less. I am involved in the community. We have a more personable/small-town feel.”

Todd went on to add:

“Dollars do not have to equate to dignity.”

Building Success by Satisfying Clients

Todd attributes Heartland Funeral Home’s strong online reputation to their commitment to ensuring their clients are satisfied and told us that their reputation speaks for itself.

When asked how Heartland Funeral Home has gotten their name out there outside of building a powerful online reputation, Todd told us that around 80 percent of his clients are referral-based and that word of mouth is their best advertising source. He went on to tell us that they advertise in Coffee News and they work with a marketing subcontractor who helps them with SEM (search engine marketing), including SEO (search engine optimization).

There are so many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Heartland Funeral Home has. Here’s Todd’s expert advice for them:

“Try something for at least three months. If that doesn’t work, move on to something else. Figure out what works for you, but recognize that it won’t change overnight.”


Congratulations to the team at Heartland Funeral Home for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Todd, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Wight and Comes Funeral Home is a 2019 award winner for funeral homes and services in South Dakota!

For compassionate, professional funeral services in Watertown that can cater to all faiths and cultures, there’s no better option than Wight and Comes Funeral Home.

Wight and Comes Funeral Home has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 88.33 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 funeral homes and services in South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I’ve gone to so many viewings at different funeral homes in the last 10 years. The directors at Wight & Comes consistently do the best job at making deceased friends and family look really good. My family was very impressed with how professional and caring the staff was when my father passed away. I highly recommend this funeral home.” – Jamie V.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

In order to learn a little more about this award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation, we took a few minutes to talk with Michael Wight, Funeral Director and owner of Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel.

The first question we had for Michael was what sets Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel apart from their competition in South Dakota. Michael points to the fact that they’ve been around for more than 100 years and have established a reputation in their community for respected services and quality customer service.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Wight and Comes Funeral Home and how they work to make the world a better place. Michael told us that they aim to help families and make the burden of loss easier, as well as to follow through on wishes.

Building Success Through Social Media

Michael attributes Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel’s strong online reputation to the social media presence they’ve built up over the past year by doing promotions on Facebook to get more likes and traction.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel has gotten their name out there through advertisements in the radio and newspaper, as well as regional sponsorships.

There are so many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. When asked what advice he has for those business owners, Michael emphasizes the importance of having a Facebook presence and said:

“Referral business and word of mouth are most important.”


Congratulations to the team at Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Michael, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Visit their website today!

Kansas’ Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes and Services Award Winner: Kansas City Funeral Directors

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Kansas City Funeral Directors is a 2019 award winner!

As one of the top three funeral homes and services in the entire state of Kansas, Kansas City Funeral Directors has earned a 94.86 Rating Score and a 4.89 average star rating. Their service to their community has also earned them tons of positive reviews from families in the state. Here’s just one example:

“2018 was supposed to be the happiest year but ended up becoming the saddest. It was a process to send our loved one home (internationally) for final burial. From day one, Kansas City Funeral Directors never stopped working our case, truly going above and beyond expectations. Communication was excellent; our director was very transparent about their process and potential problems with our situation. Even when our case was out of their hands and they could say that their job was done, they still cared to follow up that our loved one actually did make it home without issue.” -Reggie D.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

Thad Rogers, the owner of Kansas City Funeral Directors, took some time to chat with our team about his business’ outstanding online reputation.

The very first thing we wanted to know was how Thad and his team differentiate themselves from other funeral homes in the area. He told us, “Number one, we’re a family-owned business. Family owned and operated. Everyone who works here is family. That we again offer impeccable service to our families. We have some of the best prices in town for funeral services.”

Thad and the Kansas City Funeral Directors team take immense pride in providing funeral solutions for people of all backgrounds. “Our mission with our business is number one to offer funeral services to all people regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation,” he told us. “So we offer our funeral services regardless of any external factors. We offer low-cost funeral services especially to those families are economically challenged at a very good rate. We offer our services regardless of who you are, what you are, how much money you have. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to have a great service regardless of any of those factors. We pride ourselves on being very neutral when it comes to people of different faiths, different genders, different sexual orientations, different religions. We offer the great service regardless.”

Building Success Through Good Service

According to Thad, the Kansas City Funeral Directors secret comes down to how well they treat people. He told us, “People like us because we offer good service. You can’t have anything without good service because people just won’t come back to you. We’ve built a reputation on offering families good service at good prices. That’s our secret.”

Here’s Thad’s advice to other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Focus on service, number one. That’s the biggest thing anyone could ever do is to focus on your service and to make sure your employees are on the same page as you are. You can offer those services and once you have your services in line than you can focus on your social media. Without the support of your community and without continued word of mouth, you won’t be able to grow your business at all. So, you really have to concentrate on the basics before you can do anything and that basic in the funeral business is being of service.”


Congratulations to the team at Kansas City Funeral Directors for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Thad, for taking the time to speak with us!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes and Services Award Winner: Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is a 2019 award winner!

“My brother passed away on Tuesday the 15th of May… [The team at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service] has been a huge help in our difficult time. I would highly recommend their funeral home. They are caring and respectful, even when we are falling apart and lost. [We] never imagined having to go through this, being that my brother was only 38 going on 39. [We were] having so much trouble coping. [The] staff are being very patient with me and my family. They have been helpful. May God always continue to allow them to help those of us in need… [I] wish we met them under better conditions. But, they are a blessing to us and my brother.”

Reviews just like this have helped Wintz & Ray earn a 90.27 Rating Score™, a 4.63 average star rating, and a spot among the top five funeral homes in South Dakota.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

Steve, the funeral director at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, took some time to chat with our team regarding the business’ outstanding online reputation.

According to Steve, the thing that really sets Wintz & Ray Funeral Home apart from others in the area “Funerals are difficult. There is much to process and so many details. It’s a one-time thing, you need to use someone that you can trust and get it right.”

“Our mission is to serve families in a time of need, families that call on us during a difficult time to ease their stress. Working with us allows people to look back and know they did the right thing. We provide families comfort during a difficult time.”

Building Success By Keeping Up With The Community

According to Steve, the key to the company’s success is communication. He says they maintain their reputation by, “Keeping up on facebook and consistent website development.”

The following is Steve’s advice to other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Be active, professional and ethical in everything in you do. Educate the people online that are looking for your services.”


Congratulations to the team at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Steve, for taking the time to speak with us!

South Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: Backus Funeral Home

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Backus Funeral Home is a 2019 award winner for funeral homes and services in South Carolina!

Backus Funeral Home in Florence has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 92.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 funeral homes and services in South Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“They are a group of wonderful young people. They are very professional and believe in prayer! Mrs. Woodberry and Mr. Myers are very good at what they do, and they love to help people! Backus Funeral Home continues to be encouraged and do the best!! [They had] awesome teamwork!”- N.B.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

Miranda Woodberry, Office Administrator at Backus Funeral Home, sat down with us to tell us a little more about this award-winning business and its impressive online reputation.

The first question we had for Miranda was what makes Backus Funeral Home stand out compared to the many other funeral homes in South Carolina. Here’s her response:

“We’re professional, and we give it our all. When you come in, you’re family, and we treat you that way!”

Miranda added:

“We are a faith-based business. God is our head, and we allow Him to give us the strength that we need. When you follow His lead, the doors will open!”

We also asked Miranda what their mission is at Backus Funeral Home and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“We attend community events to give back to the community. We make sure to support the church, youth and senior organizations, and sponsor events. We want people to know that we are here for them.”

Building Success by Asking for Feedback

Miranda attributes Backus Funeral Home’s strong online reputation to their commitment to doing the best they can with their services and asking for reviews.

When asked how Backus Funeral Home has gotten their name out there outside of building a powerful online reputation, Miranda said:

“We don’t put ourselves out there too much. Our work speaks for itself. When you do an excellent job, everyone else will speak for you!”

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Miranda’s expert advice for them:

“Always remain professional. Communication is the key! Support your community as a family, too, and be there when they need you!”


Congratulations to the team at Backus Funeral Home for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Miranda, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Backus Funeral Home. Visit their website today!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes and Services Award Winner: Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery is a 2019 award winner for funeral homes and services in Minnesota!

If you are looking to create and design a healing experience to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one, we recommend working with Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery in Hermantown, Minnesota!

Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery has received dozens of reviews on verified sites with an average rating of 4.60 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 86.45 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 funeral homes and services in all of Minnesota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[The provided a] great service and honored all our family wishes. They worked well with our family, and took all the hassle away and made it easy. They truly helped [to] preserve the memory of Warren. Thank you! -Mitch S.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

We wanted to learn a little more about this award-winning business and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Bart Porter, the owner at Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery.

The first question we had for Bart was what sets Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery apart from their competition in Minnesota. Here’s his response:

“[We’re the] only funeral home/cemetery in Hermantown. [It has] been in the family for a long time. [We] have a beautiful building!”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Bart had to say:

“[We] sponsored an app called Vitalite. [Our goal is to] help people live longer.”

Building Success Through Marketing

When asked about the Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery’s secret to a strong online reputation, Bart said:

“[By having] a great Facebook Page. [We focus on] a lot of different avenues to drive traffic to our website. We have used Yext and also work on video conferences.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery has gotten their name out there through the newspaper, radio advertisements, and Yellowpages.

There are so many business owners who would love to build the kind of online reputation that Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery has. Here’s Bart’s expert advice for them:

“Be consistent, and work on it every day.”


Congratulations to the team at Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Bart, for taking the time to speak with us! Visit their website here!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: Hutchison Funeral Home

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hutchison Funeral Home is an award winner for funeral homes & services in 2019.

If you are in need of a respectful and compassionate funeral home in Detroit, look no further than Hutchison Funeral Home

Hutchison Funeral Home has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.67 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five funeral homes & services in Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[These] professionals were excellent partners in handling my loved one’s final rights. [They were] very professional and top-notch service was provided all the way around. The beautiful main chapel was just the right place for the memorial service. Pricing seemed quite reasonable… [They had] ample parking, a well-maintained facility, and expert staff. I highly recommend [them].” – Paula B.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Hutchison Funeral Home is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Funeral Home

We were excited to learn all about how Hutchison Funeral Home has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Mr. Joseph Hutchison Sr. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Hutchison Funeral Home stand apart from their local competitors. Joseph says:

“We are a family-owned funeral home and have been in business for almost 40 years. We are very active in the community. We try to take care of everything for our families and allow them to grieve with respect. We listen to families and take care of their needs.”

He believes that treating people with respect and using sincerity as a cornerstone business model is their secret to having such a strong reputation.

Building Success Through Experience

Outside of building such a strong reputation online, Hutchison Funeral Home has marketed their business by participating in speaking engagements and advertising on TV, radio, and billboards.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Hutchison Funeral Home has managed to. We asked if Joseph could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what they had to say:

“You need a strong marketable product/service to sell and to become an expert in that field.”


Congratulations to Hutchison Funeral Home for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Joseph for taking the time to speak with us!

South Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: Goldfinch Funeral Home

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce Goldfinch Funeral Home is a 2019 award winner for funeral homes and services in South Carolina!

Honor the life of your loved one with Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway.

Goldfinch Funeral Home has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.88 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 92.77 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 funeral homes and services in South Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“At the worst time of my life, Goldfinch came and made the process of saying goodbye a much less painful experience. I cannot say enough good things about them. They will be the last stop for all of my family members, pets or humans.” – Robin P.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

In order to learn a little more about Goldfinch Funeral Home and its impressive online reputation, we sat down with Steven Barfield, a Funeral Director at Goldfinch.

The first question we had for Steven was what sets Goldfinch Funeral Home apart from other funeral homes in South Carolina. Here’s his response:

“We’re really good at accommodating our families’ wants and needs. Whether it’s a beach-style funeral, a military-style funeral, a small and private funeral or a large and catered funeral, we try to give families exactly what they want.”

Steven added:

“We believe in serving people with integrity, and make a healing experience for our families. We have aftercare programs to help ease suffering after a funeral, including our grief therapy dog, Murphy!”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Goldfinch Funeral Home and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Steven had to say:

“[Our mission is to] do our best to serve families the best that we can at their most difficult time. Not all families’ needs are the same. We make sure that the experience is as easy as possible on the family during the most difficult time in their lives.”

Building Success by Putting Families’ Needs First

Steven credits Goldfinch Funeral Home’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always putting the needs of the families they service first:

“The first thing we do is try our level best to make every family pleased with our services. We put their needs first. Once we’ve done that and established a rapport with them, we ask them to share their experience with others.”

When asked what Goldfinch Funeral Home has done to grow the business outside of building a powerful online reputation, Steven said:

“We have a director that is in the community getting our name out there so folks know what we can provide. We did a theatrical re-enactment of the death and burial of Abraham Lincoln that was well attended by our community! We try to find unique ways to educate people and do things for the community. All of our funeral directors are involved in humanitarian clubs in the community, where we give back our time and efforts. We do a lot of advertising on Facebook. Outside of our posts, and we do run some ads.”

As an important part of this award-winning business, Steven has a lot of knowledge to share when it comes to growing an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many business owners out there:

“I think the most important thing is honesty, integrity and sincerity. Everyone is trying to make money, but you’ll get repeat business when people see that you’re honest and are trying to do your best by them.”


Congratulations to the team at Goldfinch Funeral Home for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Steven, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway. Visit their website today!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Homes & Services Award Winner: A Better Place Funeral and Cremation

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that A Better Place Funeral and Cremation is an award winner for funeral homes & services in 2019.

If you are looking for, a funeral home that will offer you personal attention and transparent pricing options, look no further than this award-winning company!

A Better Place Funeral and Cremation has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 92.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five funeral homes & services in Colorado!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Simply awesome! [They were] caring and compassionate and came to my home to assist me with my husband’s final arrangements. [They] made the whole process as painless as possible, which was so important given that his death was sudden and shocking. Additionally, the cost of the service was beyond reasonable and did not drain my financial resources. I am so lucky to have found them and am grateful for their help during this terrible time. Thank you so very much for your compassion and outstanding service!” – Tracey M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that A Better Place Funeral and Cremation is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Funeral Home

We wanted to know more about A Better Place Funeral and Cremation and how it has been able to establish itself as such an exceptional local business. We sat down for a chat with the owner, Jennifer Castillo, to talk about her business’ success. The first thing we were curious about was exactly what it is that makes A Better Place Funeral and Cremation stand out from the competition. Jennifer shared with us that hers is a family-owned and -operated business who make themselves available to their clients 24 hours a day. They are transparent about their pricing, and never turn down any cases. Jennifer said that they work with families who are going through bad situations, and it is important for their business to let these families know that they are there for them.

Building Success Through Personalization

A Better Place Funeral and Cremation has certainly built an impressive reputation for themselves online, so we were curious about what Jennifer had to say about how she markets and grows her business. Jennifer let us know that she hosts lectures in assisted living centers to help people to be prepared and to have the knowledge they need to make decisions. With her efforts in the community and their online reviews, word of mouth referrals have been vital to the growth of A Better Place Funeral and Cremation.

We asked Jennifer what advice she has for other businesses looking to stand out and build their reputations the way A Better Place Funeral and Cremation has. Here’s what she had to say:

“Personalization is everything, as is not having a ton of people handling cases. Be very transparent with pricing!”


Congratulations to A Better Place Funeral and Cremation for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jennifer for taking the time to speak with us!

Kansas’ Top Rated Local® Funeral Home and Service Award Winner: Cremation Center of Kansas City

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Cremation Center of Kansas City is a 2019 award winner!

“I was very happy with my experience with the Cremation Center of KC. They were sympathetic and understanding during the loss of my husband. They were helpful on details that I needed to take care of. I felt they were professional, caring and knowledgeable. I would recommend them to other people.” -Deborah S.

Reviews just like this have helped Cremation Center of Kansas City earn a 92.00 Rating Score™, a perfect five-star average rating, and a spot in the top five funeral homes and services in the entire state of Kansas!

A Caring and Compassionate Company

We got a chance to speak with Doug Gorham, the owner of Cremation Center of Kansas City, about the business’ success both online and off.

During our conversation with Doug, it became abundantly clear that he and his team are dedicated to providing the families they serve with personalized and compassionate service. When asked what it is that sets his business apart from others in his area, he pointed to just that, saying, “It’s important that you control your own cremation environment. I am there every single day to oversee the cremations. Having concern for the families is tremendously important.”

We asked Doug about his mission. He said it’s “To take excellent care of families who are experiencing a hard time. Dignity, compassion, and caring are vital.”

Building Success Through Integrity

Of course, we were particularly interested in finding out what Doug considers to be his secret to success. He said, “We’re family owned and operated and own our own crematory. You have to always treat your families with compassion and care.”

Doug offered us some wise words to share with other businesses that are working on their online reputation. Here’s what he said:

“Do everything with integrity, honesty, and outstanding customer satisfaction. Focus on division of work processes – every customer at every level of the process needs to be provided with a lot of care. Smooth and seamless.”


Congratulations to the team at Cremation Center of Kansas City for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Doug, for taking the time to speak with us!