In a world that has become fast and impersonal we chose a different path.
The Path of Caring
Our philosophy at the Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home has been the belief that a funeral should be
a celebration of a life lived. As such, each service can be a well thought out tribute to the deceased persons life.
We offer our families the use of memorial photograph boards, signboards with the individuals picture and all the
information concerning the calling hours, service or mass. We also allow families to bring in music that was cherished
by the individual that is then played through all the rooms in our home. We offer a varied range of calling hours for
different family needs. Additionally, we offer a selection from eight memorial register books to choose from.
We offer a vast selection of memorial prayer cards and many verses to choose from on the back of the cards.
We include all cemetery information on all our cards. We also offer our families the choice between white or
black professional cars. We were the first to have a white hearse in New England. We believe that if a man is
left with the choice of color of the hearse, he seldom selects black.
With that in mind, these are the kinds of services we offer.
A Chapel Service for the morning of the funeral, whether it be a complete service in our home or a prelude to a
church service. At this time we offer our client families the opportunity to read eulogies, participate in a special
event or time to sit in reflection and celebrate the life of a lost relative or friend. The families may desire to
first meet at the home and then go on to the church in procession, this gives family and friends an opportunity
to bid their final farewell.
A Church Service is a religious experience that some families may welcome as a sign of their religious beliefs.
A Graveside Service is the last of our services with the deceased. This is a simple service at the
graveside with clergy, family and friends gathered around.
An alternative service is a Memorial Service. This is held after a burial or cremation. This too may be
individualized to the families wishes of celebrating the life of a loved one.
Any of the services above may be used in planning a tribute when cremation is preferred. The significant
change would be that the deceased is not present in body form. In a Catholic Church setting the mass would be a
Memorial Mass as opposed to a Mass of Christian Burial.
In the Protestant Church, there is nothing to prohibit a service without the deceased being present.
Whatever you may choose, we will assist you with the personalized tribute for your loved one.