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Why Choose a Family-Owned Funeral Home?

June 15, 2021

There are important differences between a funeral home owned by a local family and one run by a large corporation. A Family-Owned funeral home has roots in the community and can focus on the quality of care of the family in need and not the profits of the shareholders.

“Some people believe that all funeral homes are the same. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Many Family-Owned funeral homes have been part of the community for 100 years or more. The owners and staff live in the communities they serve and have a deep connection to their towns. They are oftentimes the glue that hold the social fabric of their towns together. By serving on non-profit boards, sponsoring youth sports, and supporting local fundraising efforts they both help and nurture a community,” said John Keohane, Co-President of Keohane Funeral Home. “Today, more than ever, this type of stewardship is needed as we come out of the pandemic and begin to live and work in new and different ways.”

Benefits of a Family-Owned Funeral Home

Some of the advantages of using a Family-Owned business, such as Keohane Funeral Home, include:

A family-owned funeral home gives you and your family the personal attention and compassionate care that you deserve in a time of need as well as additional support, even after the funeral is over. At Keohane, we provide an annual holiday memorial service for families who have lost someone over the past year to remember their loved ones during the holidays, which can be an especially challenging time for those grieving a loss.

Funeral homes that are family-owned don’t have the pressure to perform for shareholders or keep up quotas to meet bottom line profits. We take the time to personalize funeral services to honor each individual person at Keohane Funeral Home. We cater only to our local families and not to corporate headquarters, which can be located out of the state, or their shareholders focused on profitability.

“To me, working for a family owned and operated funeral home is important, as it allows us to truly focus on providing the highest quality of care to the family. Additionally, I’m proud to be part of a team that places such an emphasis on community commitment,” said Maureen Aronson who oversees bookkeeping at Keohane.

A locally owned and operated business is part of the fabric of the community and cares about the health and wellbeing of the residents. Keohane Funeral Home sponsors many community-oriented events, such as our annual Plant.Grow.Share. program which encourages backyard gardeners to donate their home-grown produce to local food pantries during the growing season and our annual coat drive for neighbors in need during the holiday season.

Even national corporations know that people feel more comfortable dealing with someone they can trust and who has connections to their own community. When a funeral home is bought by a corporation, the sign often stays the same, so it can be hard to know if a funeral home is actually family-owned or not. To make sure a funeral home is family-owned or corporate-owned, ask if they are owned by a national chain of funeral homes or if they are a publicly held company.

For more information about the benefits of a Family-Owned funeral home or to speak with one of our knowledgeable funeral directors, please contact us at any of our locations or call our main office at 1-800-Keohane (800-536-4263).


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