There’s a very good reason the families of Police Officers, Firefighters, Municipal workers and the hard-working class of the northwest side of Chicago choose Gibbons Family Funeral Home to help them with their funeral arrangements more often than not. It feels right. The place. The people and the tradition of helping send our heroes home in a way that befits their service to the world and our communities.
These services include a bit more ceremony than some others to allow the rank-and-file friends who are referred to, and treated as, “family”, to pay their final respects. It’s important that a funeral home understands the ceremony and tradition. The Gibbons do. When a member of the first responder family passes, on duty or off, retired or not, a huge debt of gratitude is in order. There are official rites, religious rites and nearly always very large crowds paying respects to a fallen member of the extended fellow officer and servant family of these heroes.
“If the funeral home was not good at accommodating these services, word would get around quickly” chuckled Fr. John McNalis, Asst. Chaplin for the Chicago Fire Department. He adds, “The Gibbons Family is outstanding, and that word that’s gotten around. They take care of a lot of our members”. Our heroic First Responders and Veterans deserve the special treatment they’ve earned with their public service.
“My family is honored and fully understands the privilege of taking care of first responder families”, says Michael Gibbons, adding “We want them to know and feel like we will always be here for them”.
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”.
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”.
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
Kathie Warta shares the experience of her family when preparing arrangements for her mother. Her mom suffered from memory loss and was not able to help. The family wished they spent a little bit more time discussing what her mom would have liked before her memory loss occurred. Kathie shares with people in similar circumstances that it is important to have some discussions before these decisions need to be made so the family has the peace of mind of knowing for sure that they are truly honoring the wishes of their loved one. Having those discussions when loss is not imminent makes it easier. Every family will face loss at some time. Fulfilling the wishes of a loved one is enormously rewarding to a family. Whether it is knowing apparel choices, songs, readings, remembrances or other elements offuneral planning, the direction to family members from a loved one creates an expression of love in itself that they can carry out. Families want to know they are honoring and celebrating a life in the manner in which it would be most appreciated.
Eileen O’Grady Newell refers to little details that make a great big difference. She understands how much stress grief causes. She understands that there are only a few days to account for everything that matters for a loved one who has a lifetime of important moments to consider.
“I feel like they knew what we wanted before we said it.” And the Gibbons Family does know. Mostly because they listen. Something that is “important” and something “that would be nice” are things they pay close attention to so they can ensure those things occur, In Eileen’s case, when entering the cemetery, her father observed that it would be so nice after driving past the house, it would be so nice for them to pass his daughter’s resting place as well. In the blink of an eye the procession passed the children’s section where his daughter resting place was. It was a little thing that meant so much because a family listened to a family they were serving. That’s what a family owned business does. They treat you like family. Because you are.
For just a little while, this is “home” for the families the Gibbons Family serves.
This place needed to feel like home to all of our families. “It was important to my father that people felt this way” says Michael Gibbons. “This was our home. We lived upstairs.”Katie Sweeney confirmed that this warm environment was home for the days they needed it to be. It was so inviting during a difficult time. “It made it a little bit easier here” Katie shares.
At Gibbons Family Funeral Home, we look for every way we can 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.