Here at Brooks Memorial Chapel , it’s a “Family Affair!” Our family is eagerly awaiting to make your family apart of ours.
Our friendly staff goal is to treat everyone we service with the Respect, Dignity, Courtesy and Love we would want for ourselves and family.
Stop by today or call our office to make an appointment to see how our staff can be of assistance during your time of grief.
Owner and licensed funeral director & embalmer
As a young girl, the self-proclaimed “Tomboy,” Kreshauna Brooks-Rogers always knew she wanted to work in the health field. She earned her CNA license from Olive Harvey Community College but couldn’t take the site of blood from people who were alive, so she never pursued that. However still wanting to work in the health field and help people, she decided a different course and that was Mortuary Science.
While growing up, in school she was always an “A-B” student in all subjects except art. She remembers that she could never master art, but Mortuary Science is a science and an art. The art part comes in when she can restore what a person looked like prior to death, especially if they had been extremely ill or was victim to something not considered natural (i.e. homicides, car accidents, etc.). Kreshauna feels “this is my A in art!”
Even as a little girl she can remember while all the other children were out playing, she would find herself looking for dead birds and insects, so she could bury them and make them make-shift headstones. “I didn’t realize at the time, it was God cultivating me for what I was destined to be.”
So, with the desire to still be in the health field and this inside feeling of “this is what I am supposed to do,” Kreshauna enrolled herself into the Mortuary Science program at Malcom X College. Kreshauna worked multiple jobs and attended school all while taking care of her children: Jerome, Jessie, Keyona and Kierra. You would have never known she was juggling so much because despite having a lot on her plate she still managed to be a part of her children local school council, volunteer and stay active at their school, while excelling in school herself.
At Malcom X she was her class president, did work study and was very instrumental in the program starting evening classes, this allowed those who wanted to enroll in the Mortuary Program but schedule didn’t permit them to attend classes during the day. Kreshauna was a recipient of the 100 Black Women in Funeral Service award and won several scholarships. In 2004, she graduated Class President with honors.
After school Kreshauna worked as a contracted Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for many years for multiple Chicagoland firms. Until 2008, when she stepped out on faith and started Brooks Memorial Chapel . “I was tired of working for people who took advantage of the fact that they knew I love what I do and the passion I have for this and my desire to give back and help the families. They didn’t appreciate my worth and it was time to start getting what I was worth. God told me it was time for me to take control and help my families in a manner I felt they deserved. So, I was obedient and I haven’t looked back. Owning your own business is never easy but with God and doing what you do from your heart it will show. Then to see the grieving families smile, even if its momentarily, cause their loved one looked so natural or because we made this process much easier for them, makes it all worth it!”