Funeral Home Cremations Island Park NY

A Long History of Service for Funeral Home and Cremations in Island Park, NY


We are one of the best funeral homes that provide funerals, cremations, and burials in Island Park, NY, and the neighboring areas. Macken Mortuary have been family-own and operated for over 100 years and our longevity can attest to our superior service as we look forward to helping you in your time of need. Our facilities offer the largest viewing chapels in the area, yet they are intimately decorated so that we can accommodate families of any size. We’re here to help you create a service that is truly unique to you or your loved one. For all your funeral and cremation needs, give us a call at (516) 766-3300 or (516) 431-7800.


Island Park, NY Funeral Home And CremationsWith roots dating back to 1909, Macken Mortuary Inc has become a fixture within the surrounding communities. We have been able to help so many wonderful people as they have faced challenging times. It is a pleasure to lift and serve in this way. With people as our focus, we can guide you through all of the steps to create meaningful services for funeral home and cremations in Island Park, NY.


Through the years, we have stayed connected to advances in technology and current trends. At the same time, we honor traditions that can be comforting and meaningful to some families facing loss. As times have changed, our service offerings have evolved and expanded to meet the needs of our diverse clientele. The expert staff and funeral directors here will give you information regarding different styles of services while allowing you to make the selections that best fit your needs and desires.


What Types of Services are Available?


Understanding funeral home and cremations in Island Park, NY, begins with understanding service types. Funeral services can be unique or completely traditional. As a rule, funeral services are held within a few days or weeks of the actual death. This is practical since one purpose of the funeral is to gather loved ones together to pay final respects to the departed. Having the opportunity to say goodbye one last time can be extremely helpful as the bereaved begin the road to healing and accepting this new reality.


Memorial services are similar to funerals in that they create an opportunity for gathering among those who are mourning a loss. Unlike funerals, the body of the decedent is not usually present for this service. If cremation has been completed, the resulting ashes could be part of this service if preferred.


Cremation references how the remains are going to be prepared for their final disposition. Cremation itself is NOT a final disposition. Final disposition refers to the final resting place of the deceased individual. Cremation services can be paired with add-on services if desired. Cremations can be held after funeral services are completed. They might be held prior to a memorial service as well.


A Brief Etiquette Guide for Funeral Home and Cremations in Island Park, NY


If you are attending the services of someone you love, you may have some questions. We all mean well when it comes to honoring the dead and respecting grieving loved ones. It can be helpful to review a few courtesy reminders to help bring comfort at this time.


  • Dress Code: If at all possible, find out if there is a dress code for this event. If that is not practical, choose a conservative dress that shows respect for those who are mourning. Avoid calling attention to yourself with your selections.
  • Religious Customs: Again, if you can ask beforehand about any special considerations regarding religious observances or practices, it may be helpful. If you aren’t sure what to do, watch for the group's actions as a whole and let that guide you.
  • Power Off Electronic Devices: As a show of support, your presence will be one of the kindest gifts you can offer. Keep your phone put away during the services. If turning it off is not an option, at a minimum, silence or set the ringer to vibrate.
  • Sending Flowers or Gifts: Support can be felt when donations are made, or memorial gifts or flowers are ordered to be sent to the family.
  • Offering Condolences: It can be difficult to know just what to say. Expressing heartfelt sympathy is appropriate. “I’m very sorry for your loss,” “I’m thinking about you,” or “You are in my prayers” are all sentiments that are typically seen as supportive and comforting.
  • Sign the Register: Write your full name and, if there is room, how you are connected to the deceased. This will help the family have a record of who came.
  • Follow Any Posted Rules: If you are attending any services at the burial place, be sure to follow any rules that are publicly posted.
  • Respect Graves: Avoid touching headstones or monuments as the natural oils in our fingers can damage the finishes. Also, it isn’t thought to be respectful of the departed persons who are honored by these monuments to touch them.
  • Use Soft Tones: Even though you are outside, this is a space of mourning. Avoid loud laughter, unnecessary conversations, or boisterous movements.
  • Look After Children: If you bring children, keep them close to you and help them to understand the importance of using soft voices, no running, and no climbing on the headstones.


Call Macken Mortuary to Learn More


Whether you find yourself needing to plan for funeral home and cremations in Island Park, NY, or to attend the services of a loved one, call us at Macken Mortuary Inc to get answers to your questions. Our knowledgeable, compassionate staff will be glad to serve you.

Funeral Home and Cremations FAQs


What is the difference between cremation and direct cremation?

The main difference between traditional and direct cremation is the timeline between death and cremation. With traditional cremation, the body will be prepared for visitation and funeral service before cremation while in direct cremation, the body is cremated right away after death without preparing or embalming. Learn more about cremation services.


What should I expect from a funeral director?

A funeral director is expected to guide you through the available funeral service and memorial options, music selections, coordination with a church and cemetery, and much more. They also provide meaningful information when you pre-plan your funeral. Learn more.


Is there a morgue in a funeral home?

In some funeral homes, the morgue can be found within the family, most oftentimes in the same room, or directly adjacent to, the specially designed ovens known as retorts that are used in funerary cremation. Some religious organizations dictate that, should a body be cremated, the family must witness its incineration. Learn more.

Macken Mortuary, Inc. - Rockville Centre | (516) 766-3300
52 Clinton Ave Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Macken Mortuary, Inc. - Island Park | (516) 431-7800
3930 Long Beach Rd Island Park, NY 11558

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