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Who Owns What


Did you know that many funeral homes and cremation providers in Tacoma-Pierce county are owned by large chains and multinationals? 

This remote ownership can be hidden because, when a conglomerate takes over a funeral home, the name is often left unchanged. 

The same cannot be said for the service. Under the disguise of a family firm, prices are usually increased, cremation services are contracted out and employees are trained to upsell merchandise. In other words, the focus becomes profit, not service. 

Despite the flurry of takeovers in recent years, Gaffney Funeral Home remains independently owned and operated. We are resolved to stay that way. After all, we have been serving families in and around Tacoma for over 130 years, and a wealth of experience has been handed down through four generations of the Gaffney family. Neither our knowledge nor our links with the community can or should be transferred to a faceless owner located in a distant state. 

The level of compassionate care that we provide can only be given by a family-owned funeral home. With Gaffney Funeral Home, you have a wider range of options and the highest level of personal attention. Why? Because we remain accountable to you and your family, not far away stockholders and investors. 

If you are looking for funeral directors you can depend on, choose Gaffney Funeral Home.

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Why Independent Ownership Matters

If you still unsure of the importance of independent ownership, take a moment to consider the following:

  • Gaffney Funeral Home cares about your community because we are part of your community. That is why we consistently receive the highest praise from those that we have cared for. Testimonials from many tell us we could not have done anything better. 
  • By working with a family-owned funeral home, you are supporting the local economy. All our staff are from the area or graduated from local schools, and we proudly support regional events. 
  • Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most difficult challenges you will face, so it is important to choose a funeral home that you can trust and that you feel comfortable working with. A family firm can offer you the reliability and understanding you need. 
  • The Gaffney family owns and operates the only crematory in the city of Puyallup. This unsurpassed level of control gives you options that other providers cannot offer and the assurance that your loved one is not handed over to an unknown third party. 
  • Because we own and operate our own equipment and facilities, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You will find we respond instantly to your requests and achieve in hours what it takes other funeral homes to achieve in days. 
  • You can be confident of receiving a first-class service because we offer a written Service Guarantee.

Discover who owns the funeral, cemetery and crematory providers in your area

Stonemor Partners LLP
Stonemor Partners LLP (STON) hails from Trevose, Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest cemetery/funeral/crematory conglomerates in the USA, with 321 cemeteries and 90 funeral homes in 27 states and Puerto Rico. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Northstar Memorial Group
Northstar Memorial Group has its headquarters in Houston, Texas. It owns 75 funeral homes and cemeteries in 11 states.

Dignity Memorial
Dignity Memorial, also known as Service Corporation International (SCI), is based in Houston, Texas. It is the world’s largest funeral/cemetery/crematory conglomerate chain, with over 2,000 locations. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Foundation Partners Group
Foundation Partners Group hails from Orlando, Florida. It claims to be reinventing the funeral industry. It owns over 100 funeral homes and cemeteries in 17 states.

In the South Sound region, Stonemor Partners LLP owns:

  • Oakwood Hill Cemetery

In the South Sound region, Northstar Memorial Group owns:

  • Mountain View Funeral Home
  • Mountain View Memorial Park
  • Smart Cremation

In the South Sound region, Dignity Memorial owns:

  • Cascade Memorial
  • National Cremation Society
  • Neptune Society
  • Mills & Mills Funeral Home
  • Mills & Mills Memorial Park

In the South Sound region, Foundation Partners Group owns:

  • Curnow Funeral Home
  • Edwards Memorial
  • Funeral Alternatives of Washington
  • Hill Funeral Home
  • Piper-Morley Funeral Home

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