Funeral Planning in Greenwich, CT- Guru Guide

Overview: Greenwich, Connecticut  


Greenwich is an extremely affluent town in Fairfield County Connecticut. Located an hour from New York City, this part of Connecticut borders Westchester County. Knowing that their customers demand the best, the funeral homes in this area are top-notch. Clients should be prepared, however, to pay a high price for services in Central Greenwich.

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.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Location

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

Highly recommended

High

All Faiths

Central Greenwich

Castiglione Funeral Home Inc.

Recommended

Medium

Catholic

Central Greenwich

Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home

Recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Central Greenwich

Crematories

The choices below are direct cremation companies and tend to be less expensive than working with a funeral home. NOTE: In Connecticut, there is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period before a body can be cremated.

Name

Typical Price

Affordable Cremation of Connecticut

Low

Cremation Society of New England

Low

Hartford County Direct Cremation

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

Kensico Cemetery

Highly recommended

High

Jewish

Westchester

Greenwood Union Cemetery

Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Westchester

Putnam Cemetery

Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Greenwich CT

Saint Mary’s Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Catholic

Greenwich CT

Temple Israel Cemetery

Recommended

High

Jewish

Westchester

Funeral Homes – Complete List

Recommended Highly

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home
31 Arch Street, Greenwich CT. 06830
(203) 869-1513
www.dignitymemorial.com/leo-p-gallagher-son-funeral-home-greenwich

This is the SCI location in Greenwich. The funeral home, centrally located right off Greenwich Avenue, is airy, well decorated and very clean. Jackie greets the families and is beyond welcoming. We believe families will be pleased with this funeral home and the clients will be treated with dignity. They also have a comprehensive website.

Recommended

Castiglione Funeral Home Inc.
134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich Ct. 06830
(203) 869-0894
www.castiglionefh.com

Family owned and operated funeral home since 1946. There are three chapels that can be structured to accommodate different size funerals. There is ample parking and greenery outside. It’s necessary to call and make an appointment.
 

Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home
267 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich Ct. 06830
(203) 869-0315
www.greenwichfuneralhome.com

This independent funeral home is located directly on Greenwich Avenue.  It’s impeccably clean and both Nick and Matthew are very professional. Although there’s not as much parking and it might be a bit tighter feeling than other funeral homes in the area, the prime location cannot be beat. 

Direct Cremation Companies

Affordable Cremation of Connecticut
(855) 347- 2736
www.affordablecreamtionct.com

This company offers cremation at a very economic price (can be done for under $1,000). The staff is kind, professional and one can expect to get the ashes returned within a week.
 

Cremation Society of New England
(877) 801-8168
www.newenglandcremation.com

This is a top choice for cremation in Greenwich Connecticut. Unlike many other cremation companies, this one is got an A+ ranting from the Better Business Bureau, which is a true rarity in this industry. The staff is very kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Families can expect ashes back within six days.
 

Hartford County Direct Cremation and Burial Society
(860) 229-9006
www.shakerfuneralhome.com

This company is based in Hartford County and there will be a slight additional fee for picking up from Greenwich Connecticut. Even with the added expense, however, this is a very reasonably priced service.

Recommended Cemeteries

There are numerous cemeteries in northern Westchester close to Greenwich. Here are just few options for places nearby. 

Greenwood Union Cemetery
215 North Street
Rye, NY 10580                                                                                     
(914) 967- 0095
www.greenwoodunion.org

This beautiful well-kept 14-acre cemetery dates back to 1837.  This not-for-profit cemetery has a very natural feel to it with trees, streams, and rolling hills.

Kensico Cemetery
273 Lakeview Ave
Valhalla, NY 10595
(888) KENSICO (536-7426)
www.kensico.org   

An extraordinary cemetery set on over 400 acres in Westchester. Many late celebrities reside here.

Putnam Cemetery
35 Parsonage Road
Greenwich, CT 06830                          
(203) 869 - 4828

This truly gorgeous cemetery has been the chosen final resting place for multiple distinguished people. This is a large, centrally located, non-denominational cemetery.

Saint Mary’s Cemetery
399 North Street
Greenwich, CT 06830                          
(203) 869 - 7026

This beautiful cemetery is owned and operated by the Diocese of Bridgeport Connecticut. It is the most centrally located Catholic Cemetery in Greenwich and a division of the popular Putnam Cemetery. Multiple notable people have opted to make this their final resting place.

Temple Israel Cemetery
388 Saw Mill River Road
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-1343
www.templeisraelnyc.org/cemetery.html

This cemetery is comprised of 16 beautifully maintained acres in Westchester. The plots are generously spaced and depending on where the clients select, they might even have the option to customize the landscaping in their area.  Note, you must be Jewish to be buried here.

Hotels

Although Greenwich is not necessarily a tourist destination, there are enough hotels close by to please everyone. There are chain hotels, boutique options and bed and breakfasts. Keep in mind, hotels in Westchester County and Stanford Connecticut are just a short drive away. The follow are a few good options near some of our recommended funeral homes.

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

Delamar Greenwich Harbor
500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 661-9800
www.delamargreenwich.com

This luxury boutique hotel is located on the harbor. The hotel is conveniently located and the customer service is above par; they offer complimentary tea, coffee and sweets in the lobby throughout the day.  $$$


Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
(203) 637-1234
www.greenwich.hyatt.com

Less than a 10-minute drive from all funeral homes in Greenwich, this would be an ideal hotel for travelers looking for the comfort of a large chain hotel. This location offers large clean rooms, a modern gym, an indoor pool and a business center.   $$


J House Greenwich
1114 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich CT 06870
(203) 698-6980
www.jhousegreenwich.com

This is the ideal place for those looking for a unique, trendy, and very modern hotel. There is an award winning restaurant, a heated outdoor pool, and even a “Chocolate Lab” located on the premises. All the amenities are top of the line.  $$$


The Stanton House
76 Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT06830
(203) 869-2110
www.stantonhouseinn.com

For those opting for a bed and breakfast rather than a large hotel, this is an optimal choice. This 100-year-old mansion was converted and is now a favorite among visitors in this area.  $$

Restaurants


There are numerous restaurants in Greenwich. Here are just a few options for venues that are close to the funeral homes that we recommended and can accommodate a group. If you opt for another restaurant, just be sure to call ahead and ask if they can hold crowd your size; the restaurant might have a special event private room and/or menu. Also, you might want to consider a favorite local restaurant or a deli such as Firehouse Deli or Garden Catering to cater a Shiva or lunch at your home.

Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant
18 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 983-6400
www.barcelonawinebar.com/greenwich.htm

This is a trendy Spanish restaurant centrally located in Greenwich. This is an ideal place for a large party as they have a private room that seats 60 people and special menus and family-style servings for groups. They also offer catering.

The Ginger Man
64 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 861-6400
www.gingermangreenwich.com

This very popular restaurant located directly on Greenwich Avenue would be a wonderful place for a gathering after a service. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting and the food is equally appealing. If the main room isn’t big enough, there are equally comfortable private rooms available upstairs, which overlook Greenwich Avenue. There are special group menus available as well.

L’escale
500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich CT 06830
(203) 661-4600
www.lescalerestaurant.com

This upscale French/American restaurant is a top pick for residents. The food is delicious and the restaurant offers a room that can accommodate up to 200 people, or smaller private rooms, all of which overlook the waterfront. L’escale has special menus for group and also offers catering.

Other Helpful Local Resources

Goodwill
1 West Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 363-5228
www.goodwill.org

Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop
199 Hamilton Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 863-3933
http://www.greenhosp.org/directions/greenwich-hospital-auxiliary-thrift-shop

All proceeds from this store go directly to support Greenwich Hospital.

Salvation Army Thrift Store
34 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 939-1620
www.salvationarmyusa.org

Second Chances
103 Mill Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 769-5006

This is a thrift store that specializes is used designer clothing, jewelry, furniture, and paintings.