A MESSAGE to our Families and Guests

Updates due to the current Health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have always been dedicated to personal family services and this was a complex decision for us to make. We have always had at heart, our families, guests, community and staff. As you are accustomed to, we want to continue to help protect and care for the families we serve.

Per the guidelines issued by the President of The United States, the CDC recommended practices, the Governor of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Health, we have enacted the following regulations to take place immediately:


FACE MASK ARE REQUIRED: Effective July 27, 2020.


Services offered during COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Funeral Arrangements are being conducted via telephone, and through email as much as possible.  
  • We are offering  visitation/funeral services with 250 people (Maximum - TOTAL) or less in the building per visitation/funeral. This includes all funeral home staff and supporting staff. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING REGULATIONS still apply (6 feet apart).  
  • Cemeteries are enforcing the social distancing and limited gatherings. 
More Useful Information:

  • If families opt to have their loved ones obituary placed on our website, please take advantage of signing the online guest book, leaving condolences or lighting a candle. 
  • Death Certificates- the time frame for us to obtain these are taking longer than usual (approx: 2 to 3 weeks). We are mailing out death certificate applications and request to the health departments and waiting for them to be mailed back to us.
  • We are a TOUCH FREE ZONE at this time. Our staff and funeral directors would like you to know this, because we are used to shaking hands and offering hugs.
  • Our Lounge is CLOSED. Please do not bring food or beverages into the funeral home. 

These temporary guidelines/regulations will help protect our families and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please understand that these regulations are only temporary until the threat of COVID-19 has eased and regulations recommended by the White House, CDC, Governor of Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health have been lifted.

As always the safety and well-being of you, your family, and your friends is of the utmost importance. 

We thank you for placing your trust in Jessen Funeral Homes & Crematory.

Thank you for visiting us today; we invite you to explore our website. On this site, you can take a tour of all of our facilities, review our quality merchandise, and examine our prices. Our website is filled with helpful information and answers. However, if you cannot find what you need, feel free to contact us.

Jessen Funeral Homes are designed with a homelike atmosphere to reflect our commitment to personal service. Upon entering each facility, families are greeted by pleasant décor, comfortable furnishings, and fireplaces, at both locations. All of our chapels are designed for an intimate and comfortable funeral service. All of our facilities offer areas for the families, or other groups, to bring light food and refreshments. We also have areas for the children to be entertained, comfortable parlors, and clean restrooms. We offer full service facilities, and will help you in any way you need. We will be glad to provide information about cemeteries, flowers, local hotels, transportation, and any other service that we do not directly provide. There are many companies that we partner with to give you better options and value.

Jessen Funeral Homes are pleased to offer specialized staff. We have three fulltime Funeral Directors, a Pre-need Specialist, a Chaplain, a Monument Consultant, and an Aftercare Specialist. The Pre-need Specialist can help you and your loved one to pre-plan and subsequently, be prepared for all of your funeral needs. The Chaplain is available to preside over your loved one’s service or for spiritual/grief counseling. The Monument Consultant can help you design and purchase your loved one’s monument and finally, the Aftercare Specialist will meet with the family for follow-up, support, and paperwork assistance. We even provide various written materials that are designed to help you and your family, through this difficult season of life.

John Jessen is proud to be a fourth-generation funeral director. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in 1994. John has been a funeral director for over two decades. His wife, Suellen, serves by his side. She is the office administrator and co-owner. Together, they opened Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, in November of 1999. They have now added one other locations, in Franklin. Their daughter, Erika Woodrum is an office assistant and the Monument Consultant. Their son Zach, oversees building and ground maintenance. In addition to their family, they have five other dedicated funeral professionals, to meet all your funeral needs. John’s philosophy is simple, “We want our family owned and operated funeral home to be a great asset to the community we serve”. John, his family, and their staff are honored to be able to serve the families of our community, and surrounding area, in their time of need by giving them excellent personal attention and quality service.


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