Serving Greater Lowell and Southern New Hampshire including Chelmsford, N. Chelmsford, Tyngsboro, Westford, Dunstable, Dracut, Lowell, MA and Hudson, NH with funeral, burial and cremation needs.
Dolan Funeral Home is a full-service, family-run funeral home serving the needs of Greater Boston communities since 1974. At Dolan Funeral Home, our primary purpose is to serve the community which is comprised of diverse religions, beliefs and philosophies which must be respected. The Celebration of one’s life can be religious, spiritual, humanistic, or just celebrating the happy, fun or just plain silly memories we have of our loved one. Let us help you celebrate and honor the life of your loved one with dignity and compassion by providing a professional funeral service as distinctive as the families we serve.
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Our newly renovated, state of the art facility is one of the largest in the area with spacious off street parking, handicap accessible entrances and a comfortable, peaceful, home-like atmosphere for your family, friends and guests. We provide a comprehensive list of services including cremation services and traditional funeral services which can be held at our facility or at a cemetery, church, temple or synagogue.
As part of Dolan Funeral Home's commitment of service to the community, we have provided this website as a resource to help community members cope with the traumatic experience of the loss of a loved one. We hope you utilize this website to its fullest potential and look forward to serving your needs in the future.
Some helpful information on cremation.
Cremation has returned as a common form of final disposition. Cremation is not a new concept. It was practiced in ancient times and has been gaining favor in today’s world. Choosing cremation for your loved one or yourself does not limit the funeral services, it actually increases the service options you have. You could have a wake with the urn and / or picture of the decease or a traditional funeral with the body present, church service, committal prayers at the graveside / chapel with the casket before the cremation. Keep in mind everything is a choice, not a requirement or expectation. It’s what you and your family wants nothing more, nothing less.
The remains of the cremation are referred to as cremains or ashes. Again there are many options available. The ashes may be kept in a decorative urn, shared with other family members using smaller urns or jewelry or combined with the ashes of another loved one. Other options include burying the ashes in the cemetery, placing in a columbarium for people who prefer above ground over burial, comingle ashes with a spouse’s or another loved one’s ashes, placing the ashes in the casket of a love one being buried, scattering the ashes or burying them in a private yard; please note, one needs to check with the local authorities regarding any local restrictions of scattering or burying on private land.
Cremation does have requirements. The legal next of kin must grant permission. Forty eight hours have to pass from the time of death for cremation to take place. The deceased has to be in a cardboard box or casket that is sturdy and combustible. The Medical Examiner must examine the deceased and grant permission. A final disposition permit has to be granted by the local authorities.
As always, our staff is here to discuss all of the options with you.