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Unclaimed Cremated Remains Laid to Rest on Nov. 14

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium collaborates with Mt. Calvary Cemetery to offer a “home” for unclaimed cremated remains. A public mass to honor and accept the unclaimed remains is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Calvary Chapel, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester, NH. The public mass comes after All Soul’s Day, commemorated byRead more

November 12 Caregiver Event Goes Virtual

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium will host a free caregiver Continuing Education  online seminar on Thursday, Nov. 12, to commemorate National Family Caregivers Month. The topic of the 2020 Living with Grief® program is Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss. The virtual program will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Professional caregivers, RSVP here. Read more

Funeral Financing Loans Now Available

While the majority of Americans agree funeral planning is a good idea, in reality most of us do not make end-of-life arrangements while we’re healthy and of sound mind. Unexpected deaths – even expected deaths – bring financial stress to those paying burial or cremation expenses. Many people aren’t aware that funeral financing loans canRead more

Scholarships Now Available for Mortuary Students

Scholarships for mortuary science students attending a New England mortuary college are now available from the non-profit Phaneuf Family Foundation.  “I am excited to support the next generation of funeral directors,” said Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf, President of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. Phaneuf also serves as a trustee and Chairman of the Board ofRead more

Cremation retort maintenance and Phaneuf renovations

An important aspect of serving our customers is continually updating our facilities and performing maintenance including a cremation retort. What is a cremation retort? It’s the chamber where the actual cremation of the body of the deceased takes place. Due to the high temperatures used in the retort during the cremation process, maintenance or repairsRead more

FTC Funeral Rule Demands Cost Transparency

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) inspected funeral homes in five states to test compliance. Seventeen of 90 funeral homes failed inspection. The FTC Funeral Rule was established to protect consumers  shopping for end-of-life services and merchandise. The FTC Funeral Rule was enacted on April 30, 1984 and was revised in 1994. It mandates that funeralRead more

Funeral Homes Reopen in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced that funeral homes can reopen for public services on Monday, June 15, 2020, at  50 percent capacity. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium did not cease operation during the pandemic, but services and visitations were limited to fewer than 10 attendees at a time. “Given what we have seen inRead more

The comparative effects of coronavirus in New Hampshire

As of this writing, New Hampshire has 4,197 reported cases of COVID-19 and 210 deaths, while there are more than 1.6 million reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 98,191 deaths related to the coronavirus. This post looks at the effects of the pandemic in New Hampshire compared to other states. The firstRead more

Phaneuf Prepares as Coronavirus Affects NH/VT

Phaneuf Funeral Home served the community through the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. Today, we are making  daily adjustments to the way we conduct business and support local families during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a frightening reality for all of us, though it is heartening to see residents in New Hampshire, Vermont and neighboring statesRead more

Coronavirus and the funeral industry

Like most small businesses in the country, we’re actively discussing and taking precautions for COVID-19 a.k.a. the Coronavirus. Your wellbeing is always a top consideration at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, so we thought it was a good idea to share where we are on the Coronavirus and funerals subject today, including information from theRead more