McElvarr Funeral Homes, Inc.
1415-17 E. Susquehanna Ave
| Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel: 1-215-739-1473
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Hubert M. McBride Funeral Home
2357 E Cumberland Street
| Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel: 1-215-426-8989

A letter to our Valued Clients, who are like family to us:

We would like to address our limitations and position as it pertains to this current crisis, the pandemic COVID-19.

Under the definition stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, funeral homes are considered essential personnel. Thankfully, we are still able be here for you if the need arises. In the words of funeral director, Thomas Lynch, “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and living where they need to be.” This is our intent, in spite of these uncertain conditions. We are still able to ensure that a private burial or cremation is carried out with care. We can still get our loved ones where they need to go. Our priority now is keeping the family left behind safe, along with ourselves, clergy, and our own families at home. Home for us includes those of our staff who reside in the funeral homes.

The Pennsylvania Funeral Director’s Association have established the following guidelines. “Funerals or anything connected to them must be limited to ten people or less and arrangements should be done by phone, fax, email, skype, or Facetime where possible". These steps are necessary to help reduce the severity and spread of the virus among humans. This is also in accordance with the “stay at home” order that has been issued by Philadelphia County and the surrounding areas.

We understand how this will make an already difficult situation even more unbearable but please know that we are committed to being there for you every step of the way to ensure that your loved one is honored in the most beautiful way. We are here 24/7 for your questions and to assist you if the need arises. We are offering private funerals in our funeral home and also direct burial or direct cremation. Once things return to normal, we will be here to assist you in arranging the proper memorialization for your loved one. We are dealing with uncharted territory and things are changing quickly. We will continue to keep you updated as things progress. We appreciate you, we love you, and our hopes are that this pandemic will resolve in the near future if we all do our part


Lisa; I want to thank you and your staff for the time spent with our family and for your attention to every detail (down to the dress, jewelry, shoes, makeup, nail color etc). Our mother (Arline Kidd) knew how she wanted things to be for her funeral and she conveyed this information years ago to your funeral home. What a relief to find out you still had that information and that we were able to do things exactly as she wanted. Thank you also for arranging for our mother to be taken to the church. Having the funeral at the church she attended for many years was important to our family. The services and care that you and your staff provide for those who are grieving is very special and important; it allowed us be able to focus our attention on our family knowing you would be taking care of everything else.

Tracey Hayes
January 25, 2020

Lisa did such an amazing job coordinating my father’s service. She was so professional and went above and beyond to ensure everything was taken care of. I can’t thank her and McBride’s funeral home enough for the beautiful tribute to my father.

Lynn Hertensteiner
April 12, 2019

I would like to thank Lisa and her crew for the great job that they do they are the best

Michael Tanczak
January 3, 2019

First of all want to say I sorry for not posting this message sooner. I would like to thank Larry McElvarr for all his help with my husband Jim’s Services. You took the time to explain services that my husband was entitled to because he was a veteran and my family and I had no knowledge of and because of these services my husband had a beautiful service and is laid to rest at a beautiful cemetery. Thank you Larry my husband would have loved the arrangements, I know my children andI loved them. Also thank you to your staff for their kindness. Larry, I just found out about your brother’s passing and even though my family and I didn’t know him we want to express our condolences to you. It’s very hard loosing a loved one but especially hard during the holidays. You’ll be remembered in our prayers.

Nonie Mahan
December 29, 2018

My Condolences to Larry and Tina and all Steve's McElver Family and Friends. He was a good friend to me and will always remember the good times we shared. R.I.P. Steve.

Edward Glaser
December 18, 2018

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Lisa and her staff. I am so grateful that they were able to handle everything for me. I am an emotional wreck over the loss of my life long friend and you have been so helpful. Thank you.

Rosemarie Reynolds
September 15, 2018

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