“Since 1935, the Gibbons Family has been taking care of your family”

Since 1935 the Gibbons Family has been there for our families in Chicago. Chicago became the destination for so many of the Irish Families arriving in America. When Grandpa Gibbons established the first location on the west-side of Chicago, it was a generations long commitment that the Gibbons Family would be comforting families for many years to come. That same pride for the city is felt today at Gibbons Family Funeral Home.

Tom and Rita Gibbons were the second generation to receive families at 5917 W. Irving Park Road. Today Michael and Kerry Gibbons are the 3rd Generation of the family to welcome your family when you need our assistance. The Gibbons continue to be very active and connected to the families, the parishes, the clubs and the neighborhoods. And when a neighbor passes away, the family comes together at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, where, as Rita promises, “come home to us and we’ll take good care of you”.

For at-needpre-planning or any questions you may have, contact Gibbons Family Funeral Home at 773-777-3944 or gffh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year for our families.

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5917 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634, USA

OUR PRECAUTIONS WITH THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

Dear Family and Friends,
With the heightened awareness and concern over the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we have taken additional steps to prevent
its spread at Gibbons Family Funeral Home. We realize how important the visitation, memorial and funeral services are to
families and those who wish to comfort families, celebrate life and pay final respects. We have taken as many precautions
as we can to ensure the safety of those visiting us as we can.


Upon request, Gibbons Family Funeral Home can record and video stream visitation/memorial services, funeral masses
and cemetery services.
Here are some of the many precautions we have taken at a heightened level

• We are regularly disinfecting any door handles, knobs, push panels or other entry surfaces.
• We have ample supply and locations of disinfectant lotion at the entrance to our gathering spaces and chapels.
• We have provided ample space for “social-distancing” in any lines or seating space in our chapels.
• Every flat surface is being regularly addressed with disinfectant cleanser or polish throughout the day and evening.
• All of our furniture and chairs are wiped down continuously with anti-bacterial hygienic cleansers, mists or other treatments
to ensure disinfectant surfaces.
• Our staff is welcoming all of our families and guests with a non-physical contact gesture (this is a hard one but we
understand how important it is, and encourage everyone to do the same)
• We have advised our entire staff to immediately alert us if they feel symptomatic of this virus or any other, so they can
immediately recuse themselves from any contact.
• If any family or guests are feeling any symptoms, we know families will understand the need for them not to be in a
public space. We encourage you to go to our website http://www.gffh.com/old-obituaries/ or to our Facebook page
where nearly every obituary is posted https://www.facebook.com/gibbonsfamilyfuneralhome/ and take advantage
of the memorial tribute wall or leave a Facebook post with your message of comfort. Families will understand and
appreciate your comforting messages.


We are fully dedicated to taking care of each other during this especially difficult time in our communities. We fully
grasp the need for extra caution. If we can answer any questions or be of any additional help, please contact us at
http://www.gffh.com


Together we can comfort families and one another!
The Gibbons Family Funeral Home

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls. – December 2020

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls.

The Lives We Celebrated in

December 2020

Please go to our website obituaries or contact us for any information about Memorial Services for Loved Ones planned in the future. 

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls. – October 2020

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls.

The Lives We Celebrated in

October 2020

Please go to our website obituaries or contact us for any information about Memorial Services for Loved Ones planned in the future.

www.gffh.com

 

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls. – September 2020

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls.

The Lives We Celebrated in

September 2020

Please go to our website obituaries or contact us for any information about Memorial Services for Loved Ones planned in the future. 

www.gffh.com

Technology Has a Place in Assisting Families

Sometimes age old traditions seem at odds with technology. When it comes to funeral arrangements and visitations, the Gibbons Family has added technology to make things a little easier for families who place their trust and confidence in us with their loved ones.

 

When you visit our chapel for a visitation, electronic screens with the image of your loved one will provide easy directions to the visitation chapel. Family and Friends may register using our electronic guest book. This guest book ensures the family has a full record of all of those who came to offer comfort; no issues reading hand-writing, or accidentally missing a guest on the page with incomplete information, etc. When the services are complete, families are provided with pre-addressed envelopes of all visitors along with cards for acknowledgement. We’ve heard many times that the most difficult phase for families is working through the process afterwards to thank people. The worries that someone will accidentally be missed creates anxious moments. The electronic guest book makes this process so much easier and the thank you notes can be sent very promptly.

 

Joe Wright, our vendor and developer of the software and a longtime friend of the Gibbons Family had an opportunity to see his work in practice when a member of his family had passed away. He was relieved to see his work solving precisely the kind of problems he designed it to solve. “Michael Gibbons is always open to anything that makes this process easier for the families, and that helps a lot” states Joe. He adds, “His concern throughout is that it’s easy and user-friendly”.

 

For additional information about Pre-planning, At need planning or any questions you may have, contact us, 24 hours a day at Gibbons Family Funeral Home 773-777-3944 or visit http://www.gffh.com

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“You come home to us, we’ll take good care of you”.

Since 1935 there has been a Gibbons Family Presence in Chicago. Chicago was the welcoming port for so many of the Irish Families who came to America. When Grandpa Gibbons established the first location on the west side of Chicago, there was no doubt that the Gibbons Family would be comforting families for generations to come. The same feeling and pride for the city that was now home to generations of families and millions of immigrants is felt today at Gibbons Family Funeral Home.

Tom and Rita Gibbons were the second generation, raising their family for a time above the funeral home at 5917 W. Irving Park Road. Today Michael and Kerry Gibbons are the 3rd Generation of the family to welcome your family when you need our assistance. The family remains very active and connected to the families in the community, the parishes, the clubs and the neighborhoods. And when a neighbor passes away, the family comes together at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, where, as Rita promises, “we’ll take good care of you”.

For at-needpre-planning or any questions you may have, contact Gibbons Family Funeral Home at 773-777-3944 or gffh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year for our families.

 

To Connect with Gibbons Family Funeral Home:

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What would mom really like?

Kathie Warta makes an important case about why Pre-planning might be helpful for families. As a daughter, she felt a tremendous obligation to do everything her mom may have wanted. She had wished her mom had made some very important choices of her own so she could be honored in the most appropriate way possible.

Gibbons Family Funeral Home makes this process available and as simple as possible for families. Getting everything down on paper is a huge help to loved ones who are tasked with making very important decisions, often during an emotionally difficult time. “Removing the doubt is a big help,” says Michael Gibbons, adding, “you can see and feel the relief of families when they have the direction their loved one created”. An option to pre-pay through a separate, independent financial instrument is available. This policy is transferable if locations or circumstances change. Financial Planning professionals have been adding this for several years now to act as an inflation hedge against rising costs.

Gibbons Family Funeral Home is here 24/7/365 to serve you for Pre-Planning, At-Need, or simply answer any questions you have, with no obligation.
For any questions you may have about At-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or http://www.gffh.com

 

To Connect with Gibbons Family Funeral Home:

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Gibbons helped bring dad home from North Carolina to Chicago. The Chicago Fire Dept. provided a motorcade to Gibbons Family Funeral Home

Chicago Fire Dept. Lieutenant Leonard passed away in North Carolina while receiving treatment. It was necessary to bring him home to his real home; The Northwest side of Chicago. Michael Gibbons made the phone calls to coordinate with the funeral home in North Carolina to bring Lt. Leonard home, working with son, John Leonard here in Chicago. What John did not know was that upon arriving at the airport, Michael would bring the hearse directly onto the tarmac at the airport and be greeted by Fire Trucks with crossed ladders and dozens of Chicago Fire Fighters in Dress Uniforms standing at attention honoring the arrival of their brother Fire Fighter and Officer. With Lights on, the Fire Dept. provided a motorcade back to Gibbons Family Funeral Home on Irving Park Road. “It was something we didn’t know about, didn’t expect and really very cool”, recalls John Leonard, regarding his father’s arrival.”.

Michael knew. Because First Responders have a special place at Gibbons Family Funeral Home and always have. “We have a history and a tradition of taking care of the families of the men and women who serve our citizens in Chicago” says Michael Gibbons. Both the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department consider their members to be family, and that tradition and camaraderie starts when a member passes away and extends through to the moment when they say good bye to a fallen brother or sister and send them home…not quietly, but triumphantly.

For the Gibbons Family, it is an honor and a privilege to be among the people who Chicago’s families choose for this responsibility. There’s no effort too great to take special care of the people who protect us every day.

 

To discuss at-need or pre-planning or any questions you may have, contact Gibbons Family Funeral Home at 773-777-3944 or gffh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year for our families.

To Connect with Gibbons Family Funeral Home:

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Carrying Out Special Funeral Arrangements – First Responders

When a First Responder from the Northside is called home, they’re likely to go through Gibbons on the way.

Fr. John McNalis served as a Chaplin for the Chicago Fire Dept. If there is such a thing as “Irish-ness”, well, Fr. John is all of that and proud of the heritage of the service so many of his fellow Irishmen chose in public service. While attached to the Fire Service at the hip, the good-humored Chaplin extends his good feelings to Police, Public Works, and all manner of hard-working Chicagoans.

“There is a lot of ceremony involved with these kinds of visitations and funerals, and the Gibbons Family knows what to do and how to manage these arrangements”, says Fr. John. Chucking a little bit, but very seriously, he adds, “If you don’t do it right, word gets around, you know what I mean?” In addition to the religious rites, there are official rites and commendations, family recognition- that includes the men and women a loved one worked beside. Often the number of paying their respects can be very large, at the funeral home, at the church, at the cemetery, and perhaps elsewhere afterwards. The processions themselves can be a logistical plan worthy of days of study and preparation.

According to Fr. John, “The Gibbons Family is outstanding. Every generation of them. That’s the word that’s gotten around, so they take care of a lot of our members”. Michael Gibbons states clearly, “Our Family has always been extra proud of being able to serve so many First Responder and Veteran families here. They deserve every bit of the special treatment we can provide. It’s a honor to serve the people who’ve served”.

For any questions you may have about At-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com

To Connect with Gibbons Family Funeral Home:

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Gibbons Family Funeral Services Chicago – It Felt Like Home

It was important for my father that people felt like our space felt like home for our families. ~ Michael Gibbons 

 

For Tom Gibbons, the most important thing you could do for a family grieving was to provide a space for them that ‘felt like home’. As a little boy growing up above the funeral home, it was natural for Michael Gibbons to think of the space this way because it was home to his family.

 Updating, redecorating, always focusing on the experience of the family and their guests at Gibbons Family Funeral Home has always been and continues to be a strong focus for Michael Gibbons and his family.  When Katie Sweeney’s grandmother passed, her mother made a very specific request that her services be at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, because it was pretty, and it was comfortable, and it felt like home. Katie confirmed that the warmth of this environment was a big help to her family. “It was such an inviting place for our family and friends. During a difficult time when we were there for hours on end, the comfort and the warmth were always there for us”, adding “It made things a little bit easier for all of us”.

 At Gibbons Family Funeral Home, we look for every way we can to make the process of celebrating the life of your loved one an experience that families can share in an environment that makes it accommodating to your family, your friends, and neighbors. It’s among the most meaningful and purposeful thing we do to continue serving generations of families who entrust us with their loved ones when it matters most.

For any questions you may have about At-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com

 

 

To Connect with Gibbons Family Funeral Home:

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