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News: Most local funerals are going virtual

It’s one thing to grieve a loved one’s death. It’s another to grieve their death during a pandemic.

With the increasing spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against domestic travel, preventing out-of-state families to join together for a funeral. Services are also being held in groups of 10 or less while 6 feet apart when togetherness is vital in times of loss.

Now funeral homes are tasked with figuring out how to follow guidelines suggested by the CDC while still honoring the life of the deceased.

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News: We are a Flag Disposal Site

Do you have a flag that’s seen better days?  There are right and wrong ways to dispose of them.  One correct (and free) way is to let us do it for you.  We have the honor of taking care of many Veterans here at Charlotte Memorial.  When a Veteran’s family chooses cremation, we ask the family if we can cremate a flag with that veteran.  Sometimes, actually several flags.  We are able to do this because our crematory is right here at the funeral home.  This means that once a loved one is taken into our care, they never leave our care.  So – bring us your flags.  They can be Old Glory, service branch flags, club flags – whatever.  If you are not able to get to us, give a call and we will send someone to you.  Just one more way we would like you to “Discover all the ways we can serve your family”.

News: Donate your old flags at museum for veteran cremations

"We started retiring flags at Charlotte Memorial about five years ago. We put up a couple signs in town and we were just overwhelmed; it was unbelievable the amount of flags people were bringing in. When the [Military Heritage] museum moved here, it just seemed a natural extension for the flag retirement program."

That's our own Rick Tuss talking about the great collaboration to help those in our community to retire flags. Thank you to Gary Butler at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda! Click here to read the article for all the information.

News: Volunteers create masks

Twice a year, we host a Memory Bear workshop where volunteers help the families we serve sew a bear from the clothing of a loved one they've lost. We unfortunately had to cancel our March 2020 event, but our volunteers began sewing masks instead of bears.

We learned that while our volunteers had spent hours of time making masks, they needed some assistance determining who needed them beyond their neighbors. With the help of one of our funeral attendants, George Pence, who has volunteered his time, we decided to reach out to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. They are so grateful for our contribution to their staff's protection.

We also have delivered masks to our local post office, the Punta Gorda Police Department and Port Charlotte Hospice. We are so proud to help out our community and for all of the volunteers who donated their time and talents!

Memory Bear Workshop

Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 9:00am (Volunteers must arrive at 8:30am)
Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery - 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Please join us for another Memory Bear Workshop! It will be taking place on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 9:00am. Families will need to bring in a loved one's shirt or blanket to make the bear.

We are also looking for volunteer sewers that will need to arrive by 8:30am. Volunteer sewers will need to RSVP by the 13th and families do not have an RSVP deadline. Volunteers and families interested must RSVP to Amanda Rossy at 941-639-1171 or

This is a free, first come/first serve event. Space will be limited to the number of sewers available to volunteer and a light breakfast and light lunch will be provided, while supplies last.

Wreaths Across America 2022

Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 10:00am
Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery (FLCMFH) - 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

REMEMBER the Fallen. . .HONOR those who Serve. . .TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

On December 17, 2022, at 10:00 am, Wreaths Across America-Punta Gorda (FL0499P) will be helping Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.

Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

Thank you so much for supporting the Wreaths Across America-Punta Gorda (FL0499P) and Wreaths Across America!

To sponsor wreaths and to volunteer, please visit:

Valerie's House Musical Bingo Fundraiser

Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 6:00pm-9:00pm
Charlotte Memorial Reception Center - 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Help us put the "fun" in fundraising!

Benefiting Valerie's House of Charlotte County
The mission of Valerie's House is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Their vision is that No Child Will Grieve Alone.

$25 includes:
- Dinner: 6:00pm
- Music Bingo with Mr. Gameshow
- Three Games: 7:00pm

Prizes awarded for each round. 100% proceeds will go to Valerie's House.

For more information about Valerie's House or to reserve your spot, please visit

Contact: Richard Bock at 407-451-5282

2022 Memorial Day Events

Monday, May 30, 2022

Charlotte Memorial

  • Memorial Service beginning at 9:30am
  • Raising of the Flag with American Legion Post #103
  • Ceremonial folding of the Flag
  • Honoring our fallen Veterans with the playing of Taps

Memory Bear Workshop

Saturday, May 7th, at 9:00am

Remember a Loved One in a Special Way

Families are invited to attend a Memory Bear Workshop taking place on Saturday, May 7th at 9:00am at Charlotte Memorial.

  • The Memory Bear Workshop is hosted at the funeral home.
  • There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. 
  • Lunch will be provided. 

For more information, please call Richard Bock at 941-623-4411.

Senior Health & Wellness Expo

April 25, 2022 from 12 PM – 3 PM

Don’t miss Local Health & Wellness providers offering complimentary screenings and educational materials at Parkside Assisted Living and Memory Cottage - 2595 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952-6732

Free Giveaways and Raffles!

Donate Blood - “One Blood” will be onsite from 1-4 pm.

Seaview 104.9 will be broadcasting “live” from 12-2 pm.

For more information please contact Richard Bock, Prearrangement Advisor at 941-623-4411.

Preplanning Seminar

October 5, 2021 and October 7, 2021 at 6:30pm

Laishley Crab House, Punta Gorda, FL


Why Making Final Wishes Planning Is One of the Best Acts of Love You Can Provide for Your Family.

What You'll Learn:
- Common questions and concerns your family will be asking should you pass without a plan in place
- Why prearranged planning substantially reduces the stress and expenses for your loved ones
- 3 easy prearrangement steps you can quickly implement
- Prearrangement options for U.S. Veterans and their spouses
- Cremation - What are your options?
- Stories from our clients about preplanning with Charlotte Memorial

Limited seating available; to RSVP call (800) 898-3572 with RSVP #422328 or online at

Lunch & Learn Seminar

August 25 and 26, 2021 - 11 AM

Cass Cay Restaurant & Bar
3200 Matecumbe Key Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33955

You're invited to join us for a complimentary lunch and learn seminar!

Choosing a funeral provider for your end of life arrangements is an important decision for you and for your family. You probably have a lot of questions. We’re here to help.

In our session, you’ll learn:
Who we are: We’ve been serving our community for decades
What we offer: We will walk you through your options and how to fund them
How it works: We’ll cover the 3 steps of pre-planning your arrangement
When you should plan: Learn when the best time to plan is for you.

Plus, ask questions: You’ll be able to ask us any questions you have about planning ahead. Join us and you’ll walk away confident in your decision to take control of your final wishes.

Spots are limited, call us at (941) 623-4411​ to RSVP. We have two sessions available: August 25 or 26 at 11 AM at the Cass Cay Restaurant & Bar.