Funeral Planning in Westchester NY- Guru Guide

Overview: Westchester County, N.Y. 

Located in close proximity to New York City, some areas of Westchester County serve as commuter towns and range in affluence. The cost and opulence of the funeral homes in the area run the gamut. There’s something for everyone, but be aware you might have to look outside of a specific town to find what suits you best.

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

Cox & Graziano Funeral Home

Highly recommended

High

Christian / All Faiths

Mamaroneck

Fox Funeral Home Inc.

Highly recommended

Medium/High

All Faiths                       

Larchmont

Graham Funeral Home

Highly recommended

High

Christian / All Faiths

Rye

Westchester Funeral Home

Highly recommended

Medium

Christian / All Faiths

Tuckahoe

Flynn Memorial Funeral Home /Weinstein Memorial Chapel

Recommended

Medium

All Faiths / Jewish

Yonkers

Fred H. McGrath & Son Inc.

Recommended

Medium/Low

All Faiths

Bronxville

Riverside Memorial Chapel

Recommended

High

Jewish

Mount Vernon

 

Crematories

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

Name

Typical Price

Affordable Cremation Services of NY

Low

Bryn Mawr Chapels, Inc.

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. Note: Westchester has a number of beautiful cemeteries. They are known for their natural and hilly landscapes; for some you might have the option to be atop or at the base of a hill or near a brook or lake.

Name

Rating

Price

Religion(s)

Location

Ferncliff Cemetery

Highly recommended

High

Non-Sectarian

Hartsdale

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Highly recommended

Medium- High

Catholic

Hawthorne

Kensico Cemetery / Sharon Gardens

Highly recommended

High

Non-Sectarian / Jewish

Valhalla

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Highly recommended

High

Non-Sectarian

Sleepy Hollow

Mount Eden

Recommended

Medium

Jewish

Hawthorne

Funeral Homes – Complete List

Recommended Highly

Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home
767 East Boston Post Road
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
(914) 698-5968
www.CoxandGraziano.com
This home is beautiful, clean, technologically advanced and centrally located in Mamaroneck. The live plants, inviting music, comfortable chairs and beautiful décor make this funeral home incredibly inviting; it neither looks nor smells like a funeral home. The staff is competent and kind.

Fox Funeral Home Inc.
2080 Boston Post Road
Larchmont NY 10538
(914) 834-0144
www.jjffh.com
This conveniently located and well maintained home has been family-run for four generations; the large portraits on the wall watch over as current funeral director Ed Fox upholds the family values. They are dedicated to working with all religions and making each family comfortable.

Graham Funeral Home
1036 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967- 0129
www.GrahamFuneralHomeRye.com
This a gorgeous independent funeral home is centrally located on Boston Post Road yet still has ample parking in the rear. The building was originally a bed and breakfast and Gene has kept the charm (and the original oak floors) to make this location warm and inviting. There is plenty of space and I feel that families would be quite pleased here.             

Westchester Funeral Home
190 Main Street
Eastchester NY 10707
(914) 337-4585
www.WestchesterFuneralHome.com
While this family owned and operated funeral home is lovely and warm, the best part about it is the staff. The Benedict family is beyond inviting and helpful. They add lovely details to the home that make it stand out -- numerous products in the bathroom, a helpful planning book, and a seasonal memorial Christmas tree. Families will be very pleased with this funeral home and their robust website.

Recommended

Flynn Memorial Funeral Home
Weinstein Memorial Chapel

1652 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 963-5178
www.FlynnMemorialHome.com
This family-run, reasonably priced funeral home is also the location of Weinstein Memorial Chapel. Unlike other funeral homes that just have multiple licenses, there’s an actual separation of these two funeral homes under the same roof. If the family is Jewish, the funerals are done by James Weinstein. Jack Flynn handles any other type of funeral. James and Jack are both professional and help families create their ideal funerals. There is a large chapel that can either be used for sizable funerals or closed off and divided into smaller rooms for more intimate gatherings.

Fred H McGrath & Son Inc.
20 Cedar Street
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 337-6770
www.McGrathandSon.com
Located in the heart of Bronxville, this is a very nice family owned and operated funeral home in Westchester. The building is beautiful both internally and externally. There are even large oriental carpets to make the location homier. The staff is professional and kind.

Riverside Memorial Chapel
21 Broad Street West
Mount Vernon NY 10552
(914) 664-6800
www.RiversideMemorialMountVernon.com
This is the SCI flagship location of Westchester and caters to a Jewish clientele. It’s well run and the staff is professional and features a large and small chapel. Although the location is Mount Vernon, this funeral home is so well renowned families are willing to travel to it. It’s a bit more expensive than some others based on its SCI-ownership.

Cannot Recommend Yet

Craft Memorial Home Inc.
40 Leicester Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 939-0131
www.craftmemorialhome.com

Farenga Brothers Inc.
899 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
(914) 237-5800
www.farengabrosfuneralhome.com

Harrison Funeral Home
329 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, New York 10528
(914) 835-0284
www.harrisonfuneral.com

Direct Cremation Companies

Affordable Cremation Services of New York
(516) 712-6942
www.affordablecremationservicesnewyork.com
A complete cremation will cost under $1,500. To operate in Westchester, they add $3 for every mile outside of the NYC border. (Call in advance to find out what the exact cost will be.) They operate the crematory on their property, which means your loved one is physically moved less and tracked better. All answers can be found on their informative website. I was, however, not pleased with the follow-up call I received even though I asked not to be contacted and hadn’t even left my number. 

Bryn Mawr Chapels, Inc.
(914) 965-0033
www.brynmawrchapels.com
We were very impressed by how kind, helpful, and easy-going the staff (especially Steve) was at this location. The cremation takes place at Woodlawn crematory and the ashes can be returned within 36 hours. Although the price can fluctuate a bit, it can all be done for about $1,300, which is very reasonable.

New York Cremation Service
(877) 274-5152
www.nycremation.com
The staff at this family-owned and operated business were consistently a pleasure to speak with. Unlike other companies, they weren’t prying for information or trying to sell us on anything we did not want. Their website definitely needs an update, but that shouldn’t sway your decision to use them. If you have any questions, just call and they will be more than happy to help you. The cost is also about $1,300.

Recommended Cemeteries

Ferncliff Cemetery
280-284 Secor Road
Hartsdale, NY 10530                                                                                     
(914) 963-4700
www.ferncliffcemetery.com    
Founded in 1902, this non-sectarian cemetery has three separate and distinct mausoleums. Many notable deceased have opted to make Ferncliff their final resting places. This cemetery also specializes in customizing interments.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens Avenue
Hawthorne, NY 10532                                                                                     
(914) 769-3672
www.gateofheavenny.com
The Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral purchased this property in 1918 and developed it into a Gothic style cemetery that still stands proudly today. Since then over 190,000 Catholics have been interred in their graves, mausoleums, crypts or cremation niches.

Kensico Cemetery
273 Lakeview Ave
Valhalla, NY 10595
(888) KENSICO (536-7426)
www.kensico.org  
This is an extraordinarily beautiful cemetery set on over 400 acres in Westchester. The gatehouse looks like a country club and the grounds -- complete with hills and lakes -- resemble a nature preserve. Many late celebrities reside here.

Mount Eden Cemetery
20 Commerce Street
Hawthorne, NY 10532
(914) 769-0603
www.mountedencemetery.org
This is beautiful hilly cemetery and has a shockingly natural feel to it considering how close it is to New York City. Vistors can take advantage of the fact that it is convenient to the MetroNorth station. For non Jewish customers, Mount Pleasant is linked to this cemetery. 

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
540 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591                                                                                     
(914) 631-0081
www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org     
This Nationally Registered Historic non-sectarian cemetery is known not only for its namesake legend, but also for its natural beauty. Numerous notable residents fill their traditional cemetery, gorgeous natural burial grounds and community mausoleum. If interested, visitors can take guided tours.

Other Cemetery Options:

Here are a few more nearby cemeteries that would also make lovely final resting places.

Dale Cemetery
Ossining, NY
(914) 941-1155
www.dalecemetery.com

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

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
New Rochelle, NY
(914) 654-1934

Mount Hope Cemetery
Hastings-on-Hudson
(914) 478-1855
www.mounthopecemetery.com

Temple Israel Cemetery
Hastings-on-Hudson
(914) 478-1343
www.templeisraelnyc.org/cemetery

Hotels:

Although Westchester isn’t necessarily a tourist destination, there are enough hotels close by to please everyone. While most are chain hotels, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets. The follow are a few good options that are nearby some of our recommended funeral homes.

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

Crown Plaza White Plains
66 Hale Avenue
White Plains NY 06870
(914) 682-0050
www.cpwestchester.com
This chain hotel is most recognized for its convenient location; in the heart of White Plains right next to the Westchester Mall. This hotel offers large clean rooms, a modern gym, an indoor pool, a business center, multiple restaurants, and free transportation from Westchester Airport.  $$

Doral Arrowwood
975 Anderson Hill Road
Rye Brook NY 10573
(914) 939-5500
www.doralarrowwood.com
This 473,000 square-foot property is quite impressive. Not only are the rooms spacious, clean, and modernly decorated but also the extra amenities are numerous. On the 114 acres of land, this hotel offers multiple tennis, racquetball and squash courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a golf course, a driving range, and three restaurants.  $$

Renaissance Westchester Hotel
80 West Red Oak Lane
West Harrison NY 10604
(914) 694-5400
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hpnsh-renaissance-westchester-hotel
Recently redesigned, this hotel is modern, clean and comfortable. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, fitness facilities, and multiple restaurants. $-$$

The Ritz-Carlton Westchester
3 Renaissance Square
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 946-5500
www.ritzcarlton.com
This is the most luxurious hotel in the area.  It’s “modern and sophisticated yet warm and inviting.” Guests can enjoy the rooftop, fitness center, spa, pool and award-winning high-end restaurants. $$$-$$$$

Restaurants

There are numerous restaurants in Westchester. 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 Venetian Delight or Mrs. Green’s to cater a Shiva or lunch at your home.

City Limits Dinner
200 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY
(914) 686-9000
www.citylimitsdiner.com
This is an upscale American diner-style restaurant. The diverse menu combines the coziness of comfort food with upscale high-quality ingredients. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a bar menu. The restaurant has a variety of event menus and private rooms and the staff can work with any of the clients’ needs for events or catering. They also have a location in Stanford.

Racanelli’s Original Pizza & Brew
85 Knollwood Road
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 946-5211
www.pizzaandbrew.com
This cozy family restaurant with great food has been a local favorite for years; families rave about everything from the pizza to the fancier veal scaloppini. This restaurant frequently entertains large gatherings and has a private room and multiple event menus.

The Rye Grill & Bar
One Station Plaza
Rye, NY
(914) 967-0332
www.ryegrill.com
This restaurant prides itself as, “accessible and comfortable for everybody with the overall effect of an elegant, upscale country inn with a down-to-earth spirit.” They have a separate space for events and feature multiple options -- everything from a bar menu to full lunch or dinner options -- to suit a gathering at anytime and have. 

The Tap House
16 Depot Square
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
www.thetaphouseny.com
This restaurant combines multiple atmospheres each one unique and wonderful in its own right. The main gastro-pub offers multiple beers on tap and bar snacks, the dining rooms offer delicious food in a cozy environment (fit with a fireplace), and there’s also a private dining option upstairs.

Other Helpful Local Resources

Goodwill
ShopRite Plaza
8 Joyce Road
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 633-0964
www.goodwill.org
There are other Goodwill locations in the area as well.  Check their website to find the most convenient location for you!

Golden Shoestring
149 Larchmont Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-8383
www.jlwos.org
The Junior League of Westchester runs this high-end “nearly-new” shop. All proceeds go to supporting community projects and scholarships. They are organized and passionate and have a Facebook page to show off some of their items.

Salvation Army Thrift Store
745 S. 3rd Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10055
(914) 664-0800
www.salvationarmyusa.org
There are a few other Salvation Army stores in the area as well.

The Maizie Consignment Boutique
511 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 723-8354
www.themaizieshop.com
This is an upscale consignment shop. They will buy clothing that is 1-2 years old and is not damaged.  They are only open a couple of days a week and require appointments for consignments so make sure you contact them in advance.