Funeral Planning in Forest Hills Queens NY- Guru Guide

Overview: Forest Hills, Queens

This area of Queens, NY is home to a predominantly upper-middle class. Although historically a Jewish area, it now caters to all faiths and features multiple funeral homes and cemetery options in close proximity.

Funeral Homes

If you plan to have a traditional funeral service with the body present (regardless of whether you choose to bury or cremate the body afterwards) you must work with a funeral home to make your arrangements. Most in this area are family-run and can work within your budget.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Location

Fox Funeral Home, Inc.

Highly Recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Forest Hills

Glascott Funeral Home

Recommended

Low

All Faith

Forest Hills

Hillebrand Funeral Homes Inc.

Recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Rego Park

Leo F. Kearns, Inc. Funeral Homes

Recommended

Low

All Faiths

Rego Park

Michael’s Funeral Home

Recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Middle Village

Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapel

Recommended

Medium

Jewish

Forest Hills

Crematories

The choices below are direct cremation companies and tend to be less expensive than working with a funeral home.

Name

Typical Price

All Faiths Burial and Cremation

Low

Bergen Funeral Services

Low

New York Cremation Service

Low

Cemeteries

You will work directly with the cemetery to arrange for a plot and the burial, but many of the details like buying a casket and body transportation will be coordinated by the funeral home you choose.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Location

Calvary Cemetery

Recommended

Low

Catholic

Queens

Cypress Hills Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

Brooklyn

Mount Hebron Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Jewish

Queens

Saint John Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Catholic

Queens

Woodlawn Cemetery

Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Westchester

Funeral Homes – Complete List

Recommended Highly

Fox Funeral Home Inc.
9807 Ascan Avenue
(718) 268-7711
www.foxfuneralhome.com

This truly exceptional funeral home run by the Baxter family works with families of all faiths. There are multiple chapels, which are spotlessly clean and have been recently renovated in a tasteful manner. The Baxter’s are highly professionally and work tirelessly to ensure a positive experience for all families.

Hillebrand Funeral Home
6317 Woodhaven Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11374
(718) 639-5511
www.hillebrandfuneralhomes.com

Located right on Woodhaven Boulevard, it’s not surprising that this is a favorite funeral home among the locals. The directors at this location, Tara and Ted, are incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable and happy to assist families of all faiths in their time of need.

Recommended

Glascott Funeral Homes Inc
102-03 Metropolitan Avenue
Flushing, NY 11375
(718)268-4466
www.glascottfuneralhome.com

The staff at this funeral home works with families of all faiths and is dedicated to creating memorable tributes at affordable prices. This location has been family-run and serving the community since 1926.

Leo F. Kerns Inc. Funeral Home
61-40 Woodhaven Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 441-3300
www.Kearnsfamily.com

Conveniently located on Woodhaven Boulevard right off Dry Harbor Road, this is a large family-owned and operated funeral home. We were impressed by how their inclusion of child-friendly areas; they had rooms next to the chapels for the children and a play-area downstairs equipped with games and a television.

Michaels Funeral Home Inc
7922 Metropolitan Ave
Flushing, NY 11379
(718) 894-5500
www.michaelsfuneralhome.com

This home is owned and run by a compassionate and professional husband and wife duo that are very involved with the community. Their website is significantly more comprehensive than any other in the area, offering information about their home and local resources. The facilities are lovely as is the separate area for children complete with toys.

Schwartz Brothers Jeffer Memorial Chapel
114-03 Queens BLVD
Forest Hills NY 11375
(718) 263 - 7600
www.sbjmemorialchapel.com

Although this SCI-owned funeral home has services on Saturdays, and is happy to assist families of other religions, Schwartz Brothers predominantly caters to a Jewish clientele. It’s a large place and the professional staff can assist with any needs.

Simonson Funeral Home Inc.
9807 Ascan Avenue
Flushing, NY 11375
(718) 847-0300
www.simonsonfuneralhome.com

Since 1887, the Simonson family has been assisting families during their time of need. John Sommese continues to direct funerals out of Fox funeral home in Queens.

Cannot Recommend Yet

Parkside Memorial Chapel
9860 Queens BLVD
Rego Park NY 11374
(718) 896-9000
www.jewishfuneral.net

Direct Cremation Companies

All Faiths Burial and Cremation
(347) 227 - 2016
http://www.queensfuneralservices.com/

This company performs cremations at a very reasonable cost. If you need it done quickly they can use their facilities in Queens; for those who don’t mind waiting a bit longer, they offer cremations in NJ for around $300 less.

Bergen Funeral Service
(718) 738-8383
http://bergenfuneral.com/queens_cremation_services.html

This staff was quite kind, efficient and helpful on the phone and offers the same reasonable price range as the others.

New York Cremation Services LLC
(718) 887-8168
www.allborocremation.com

With a more modern website than others, this company seems the most modern. Like the others they are affordable and professional.

Recommended Cemeteries

Calvary Cemetery
49-02 Laurel Hill Boulevard
Woodside, NY 11377                      
(718) 786-8000
www.calvarycemeteryqueens.com

This Catholic cemetery has a large chapel on the grounds which celebrates the Eucharist in honor of the over 1,750,000 buried within the Calvary cemetery. There are multiple options for both in ground and crypt spaces.
 

Cypress Hills Cemetery                           
833 Jamaica Avenue
New York, NY 11208                                                                                     
(718) 277- 2900
www.cypresshillscemetery.org

This well-maintained 225-acre cemetery was started as a non-profit and non-sectarian. It’s connected to Mount Carmel, Salem Fields, B’nai Jeshurum, Beth El, and National Cemetery and offers plenty of different options for interment.
 

Mount Hebron Cemetery
130-04 Horace Harding Expressway
Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 939-9405
www.mounthebroncemetery.com

This Jewish cemetery has been serving the community since 1909. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained and they offer a lovely new columbarium for ashes.
 

Saint John Cemetery
80-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village, NY 11379
(718) 894-4888 
http://www.cathcemetery-bklyn.org/

This is an official Roman Catholic burial ground, which is very well maintained and features an exceptionally kind staff. There are multiple options for interment including niches and community mausoleums. Many late politicians and organized criminals chose to make this their final resting place.
 

Woodlawn Cemetery
517 East 233rd St  
New York, NY 10470
(718) 920-0500
www.thewoodlawncemetery.org

The 400 acres of this national historic landmark are truly stunning.  There are a number of notable “residents” and many of the 1300 mausoleums were designed by notable architects.

Other Cemetery Options:

Although getting buried in Manhattan is nearly impossible there are a number of beautiful cemeteries in close proximity.  All of these cemeteries have spots that would make lovely final resting places. 

QUEENS, NY:

Calvary Cemetery
(718) 786-8000
www.calvarycemeteryqueens.com

Cedar Grove Cemetery
(718) 939-2041
www.thecedargrovecemetery.com

Mount Zion Cemetery
(718) 335-2500
www.mountzioncemetery.com

Mount Lebanon
(718) 821-0200
www.mountlebanoncemetery.com

St. Michael’s Cemetery
(718) 278- 3240
www.stmichaelscemetery.com

BRONX, NY:

St. Raymond’s Cemetery
(718) 792-1133
www.straymondparish.org/cemetery

WESTCHESTER, NY:

Ferncliff Cemetery
(914) 693-4700
www.ferncliffcemetery.com

Gate of Heaven
(914) 769-3672
www.gateofheavenny.com  

Greenwood Union Cemetery
(914) 967 – 0095
www.greenwoodunion.org

Kensico Cemetery
(914) 949 – 0347
www.kensico.org

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
914-631-0081
www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org

Westchester Hills Cemetery
914-478-1767
www.swfs.org/cemetery

Hotels:

Although there are many hotels in Queens, there are not too many right in the Forrest Hills area. Here’s a selection of choices that are in close proximity to some of our selected funeral homes. If you would like to travel a little further, your options will greatly increase.

$                up to 150
$$             151 to 250
$$$           251 to 350
$$$$        351 and up

Holiday Inn Express LaGuardia
113-10 Horace Harding Expressway
Queens NY 11368
(877) 320-8454
www.hiexpress.com

The convenient location, amenities, and cleanliness of this hotel make it an ideal choice.  Guests are quite pleased by the free transportation to and from the airport, complimentary breakfast, and overall kindness of the staff.  $

Pan American Hotel
79-00 Queens Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11373
(800) 937-7374
www.panamhotel.com

This hotel is conveniently located on Queens Boulevard, close to multiple funeral homes we have recommended. Moreover, it’s reasonably priced, close to LaGuardia Airport and they offer free transportation to those flying in and out.   $

Paris Suites Hotel New York
109-17 Horace Harding Expressway
Queens, NY 11368
http://thelittleritzhotel.com

This hotel (also known as “The Little Ritz Hotel”) is conveniently located near LaGuardia Airport. Described as “vintage” in style, it’s a favorite hotel among tourists.   $

 

Restaurants

While there are numerous restaurants near Forest Hills, you should always contact your desired choice before showing up with a large group; not only do you want to be certain that they can accommodate you, but they also might have a special event private room and/or menu.  These are just a few ideas for restaurants that are close to some of the recommended funeral homes. Also, you might want to consider a favorite local restaurant or a deli such as Mario's Meat & Gourmet Deli to cater a Shiva or lunch at your home.

Abbracciamento's Restaurant  
62-96 Woodhaven Boulevard Rego Park NY 11374
Phone: 718-478-6463

This restaurant is so accustom to post funeral luncheons that they actually have a special funeral menu for a very reasonable price.

London Lenny’s
63-88 Woodhaven Blvd, Flushing, NY 11374
(718) 894-8084
www.londonlennies.com

This fantastic well-known and much loved neighborhood premier seafood restaurant is more than able to assist with gatherings and parties.

Woodhaven House
63-98 Woodhaven Blvd, New York, NY 11379
(718) 894-5400

This quintessential Irish pub is great for group gatherings and they have a backroom for private parties.

Other Restaurant Options

Chalet Alpina
9835 Metropolitan Ave, Flushing, NY 11375
(718) 793-3774

O'Neill's Restaurant  
64-21 53rd Dr, New York, NY 11378
(718) 672-9696

Portofino Restaurant
10932 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 261-1239
www.portofinonewyork.com

Zum Stammtisch  
69-46 Myrtle Ave, New York, NY 11385
(718) 386-3014
www.zumstammtisch.com

Other Helpful Local Resources

Goodwill
3236 Steinway Street
Queens, New York 11103
(718) 932-0418
www.goodwill.org/locator

This is a favorite donation center among locals because of its convenient location. They are mostly interested in clothing but will gladly accept housewares.

Instant Replay
7220 Austin Street
Forest, NY 11375
(718) 544-3556

This awning-less thrift shop on Austin Street is a favorite among those in the know. There’s plenty of clothing and jewelry squeezed into this tiny space.

Salvation Army Family Store
7129 70th Street
Glendale, NY 11385
(718) 881-9081
www.salvationarmy.org

When it comes to donating clothing and home goods, you can’t go wrong with a Salvation Army store.

Maspeth Thrift Shop
59-01 Maspeth Avenue
Maspeth NY 11378
(718) 326-4098

This small thrift store in Maspeth donates all its proceeds to benefit Martin Luther High School.