I have had many experiences at Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc. Some of which include the loss of my parents, both my in-laws and both of my brother-in-law's parents. Each of their wakes and services was beautiful, memorable and touching in their own unique way. Most recently, the loss of my brother Michael, at the age of 59, took my family and me by surprise. I personally had the honor and privilege of assisting in the arrangements for someone who was not only my older brother but my best friend. Of course, there was only one person in my mind to call and that was Tommy Flynn. As the decision was being made to take him off of life support, I knew that it was time to call Tommy. His son, Brendan, answered the phone and was nothing but compassionate, caring and helpful. Their immediate response and concern was very comforting and gave me a sense of peace. After my brother passed, I expressed to Tommy how important it was to me that my brother not spend one more night in the hospital, and certainly not in the hospital morgue. Unfortunately, they had to cross the state line, and the hospital was not competent enough to do the proper paperwork. Nevertheless, Tommy made sure that Michael was picked up that night and brought to a funeral home that would keep him safe overnight. The next day he sat with me and my nephew and to make the arrangements. He was patient, kind and understanding. He gave us sound advice, and not for one moment did it seem like he was just doing his job. He rather showed a compassionate and caring side for a family who was in a time of great mourning. Cremation was the choice that was made. I told him that I needed to see my brother to make sure that it was him and to say a final goodbye. He quickly said, "give me a few minutes." Within about 15 minutes she allowed me to view my brother's body. He took the time to lay a beautiful blanket over him, placed rosaries over him, lit some candles and allowed me, my nephew, and my daughter to say a proper "good-bye." He patiently waited for us to say our “farewell and happy trails,” a line that my brother used every day. Tommy made the suggestion about going to the crematory, and I jumped on it. I went and it was sad, but I was so happy that I did because I didn’t want Michael to leave this earth on his final journey alone.
I will never forget everything that Tommy, Brendan and his staff did for me and my family. They made the whole horrible process bearable. They worked through every detail as if Michael was one of their own family members. They arranged for his transportation from the hospital, cremation, helped find the perfect pictures for the prayer cards when the choice was difficult, the priest and services, the honor of a military salute, the bagpipes, the graveside service, the beautiful releasing of doves and even made sure the that the headstone was engraved before the service. This was something that is not normally done, but he knew that it was extremely important to me and Tommy made sure it happened.
The service was perfect, it was beautiful and a true honor to a humble and kind man that lost his life way too early. During the service Tommy took a few minutes to speak about my brother and his words were not only inspirational but they were personal and heartfelt. He spoke of a man that he barely knew, yet was right on target of the man Michael was. He touched each and everyone in a packed filled room of family and friends. Family, new friends and old dear friends some who traveled for miles to pay respect to a man that touched so many lives in all different ways.
I will never forget the way Tommy, Brendan, and his staff went above and beyond to honor my brother. It seems to me that this is Tommy’s calling and that he was put on this earth to ease the pain of all who have to endure the loss of their spouses, family, and friends. It also seems to me that it must run in the family because Bandon, his son, is following in his father’s footsteps. They are truly angels from Heaven and we are lucky to have them as part of our community.
I will never find the perfect words to express how grateful I am to Tommy, his son Brandon, and the wonderful staff at Flynn Gannon Funeral Home. Their empathy, kindness, and compassion were truly what got me through a horrible time in my life. It is very obvious that they not only take pride in what they do, but they are dedicated and committed to everyone who comes through their door on their way to their afterlife.
In my opinion, if you have the needs for a funeral home for a loved one, Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc., is where you need to go in order to ease your mind and proceed with services in a professional yet personal manner. Tommy, Brendan, and his staff will help you through every painful step.