Simple, Quality Solutions: Funeral and Cremation in Philadelphia

Murphy Ruffenach Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Homes is one of the experienced funeral home and cremation providers in the country. In 1897, we started assisting families with their needs during the difficult times of losing a loved one. We handle as many of the details as possible so you can focus on what matters most to you. Contact us at (215) 334-1578 or visit us at 2237 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

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There is no question when the need arises for funeral and cremation in Philadelphia, PA, that the options might feel overwhelming. At Murphy Ruffenach Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Homes, we understand this time of grief and tenderness, and we stand ready to lift and serve and bless our clients however we can. Our professional staff is carefully trained to help ask clarifying questions and guide you through the process and many decisions that are part of this experience.

We are a full-service funeral home provider, and as such, we can automatically streamline many things for you since we can help you get all you need through one location. We offer many types of services to plan, including funeral services, memorial services, burial, or cremation services. And we can help when choosing the right necessary equipment such as caskets, vaults, and urns. We are here to help you find the right fit for your budget and desires.


History Says We are Here to Stay

Initially established in 1894, we have been a fixture of this community for many, many decades. Yes, our name has changed from time to time, but our commitment and the pride we take in our long history of service to our area has not changed. You can count on us. We have stood the test of time.

We offer competent, compassionate, high-quality service for those in need of laying their loved ones to rest. Our caring staff is ready to make this process simple. We handle as many of the details as possible so you can focus on the next steps of healing as you learn to navigate your grief. We like to think we help ease the stress of this tender time and make it just a little bit easier to manage.


Understanding Funeral and Cremation in Philadelphia, PA

Many people are learning about the options for services upon death for the first time when the need is immediate. This can add a layer of complexity because of the emotional toll that is being experienced by our clients when we first meet them. We will take the time to teach you the different options you have available without making it more difficult than it has to be.

We will encourage you to have some type of service, whether it be graveside, funeral, memorial, or otherwise because we want you to be able to move forward in the healthiest ways as you are ready. And experts recommend this type of procedure (even a simple and small one) is incredibly supportive to the grieving loved ones. With that said, we will support you in the decisions you make.

Funerals are generally held with the body present. Memorials are often held after the body has been interred or cremated. However, your circumstances might suggest we do things a little differently, so please talk with us about your desires, and we can custom design a specific service with these in mind.

We hope to help our clients create unique and meaningful services that reflect the life of their dear one. While this time is colored by the loss you feel, we want to give you and those who loved the departed an opportunity to remember the joyful times.

Please explore our website to see some of the things we have helped our clients create to honor their deceased in meaningful ways. Share your thoughts with us, and we can creatively work together to utilize the resources of our time to make a tribute of which you are proud.

We have a clear understanding of relevant resources and all applicable laws; we will take care of the details so that the grieving loved ones can focus on getting what they need out of the services. When faced with needing funeral and cremation services in Philadelphia, PA, let us make your part simple as we give you information and support to move the process along.


Prearrangements Can Help Ease the Process

Pre-need arrangements can be started even if you expect to live many years into the future. Some choose to think of this as selecting necessary insurances, taking care of yourself through annual physical exams, or retirement planning. It just makes good sense to take a little time to think about what you might like your services to look like.

Simple tools like our online pre-planning form and our pre-planning checklist can help you get an idea of how these decisions can be made before the need arises. This is a thoughtful way to help your loved ones after your death. When you have clearly certified your wishes with a prearranged plan, they don’t find themselves guessing what you might have liked.

The option also exists to prepay for the services you select, which additionally supports your loved ones after you depart and makes financial sense for you since the price is locked in at our agreed-upon amount and hedges against the rising tide of inflation.


Call or Stop by Today

At Murphy Ruffenach Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Homes, we welcome you to call or stop by our beautiful facility today if you are ready to look at your options for funeral and cremation in Philadelphia, PA. We are conveniently located at 2237-41 South Third St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 and can be reached by phone at (215) 334-1578.

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Funeral & Cremation FAQ’s

What is the purpose of a funeral?

The funeral helps people to recognize and respect their loved ones in a special way. It serves as a central meeting place for family and friends to give each other emotional support. It encourages mourners to face the pain of their loss and to share their thoughts and feelings. Learn More.


What is a life tribute?

A celebration of life is typically built around items that were kept close to the heart of the deceased; a favorite color, a cherished song, and where they felt most at home. Learn More.


Can I organize my own funeral?

A DIY funeral helps you to put together a personal and special funeral for your loved one, and gives you more control over the organization of the type of service or celebration, dedication and other aspects such as transport, music, flowers, coffins or caskets that you feel right. Learn More.