A few weeks ago, we, with the help of the Maher family, buried my father, Billy Spellman (or Liam 134 - the 134 an indication of the pride he took in his life’s work).
The night before meeting at the funeral home to make the arrangements, I was nearly sick with worry about the toll that act alone might take on our mother, a woman fighting her own battle with cancer. With great relief, I can say that Phil and family could not have made that process any easier on her (and all).
Combining the appropriate respect for our grief and a welcoming good nature, the Maher’s could not have been more accommodating - from providing our mother with a place to rest when needed, to preparing the picture slide show with accompanying music we simply needed to send their way, to allowing any request we made in order to send my father off in manner befitting his unique personality and life.
Our’s is one of those outsized (in number and personality) South Side Irish families that has waked dozens of our own at funeral homes around the city, but the Maher’s and their facility in Tinley Park - from the accounts of more than I can possibly recall that took the time to comment on what they witnessed - have created a truly special environment that has earned both our admiration and loyalty.
Thank you so very much Phil and the Maher family.
Sean (son of THE man).
Thank you one and all for the compassion, love and most of all the family feel you offered to our family through this most difficult time. We so much appreciate all of your support in helping make Bob's final departure this earth with dignity and grace. Much Love, Kathie, Dan and Jamie.
Dear Mr. Maher and Staff
There just are no words to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for what you did for my brother David, his children, my father and all of his siblings. You blessed our family and David with a beautiful, dignified funeral that we could never have done for him, without you and your staff.
God used you to answer our prayers. I have told the story of your kindness many times already. The first reply of everyone is "What an amazing God Thing". There would be no blessing or amazing story without the Maher Funeral Home. All I can say is Thank you Thank you. God bless you, your family and your business. Forever touched, Cliff and Jill Willis.
Dear Mr. Maher and all those that put their heart and soul into the funeral for my son David. There are not enough words to adequately express my deep appreciation to you all for the beautiful and very personal funeral that you made possible for my son and the family. Thank you for the miracle. All of you that helped were so very kind and gracious to everyone. Everything was so very professional and yet very caring and loving. God Bless you all.
Pastor and Mrs. C.W. Fisk.
Thank you for caring so deeply for us when our Robert crossed your path. You embraced us with arms wide open. You are hard working, generous, joyful and compassionate. And for all of this we are eternally grateful. Wishing you continued success. Kathleen, Beth, Kevin, Bridge, Michael, Joe and Arielle
Phil and Bob,
Although most people don't dwell on the subject, we understand, death is inevitable. The finality of losing someone we love, forever, can be an overwhelming challenge emotionally. From the moment we first contacted Maher Funeral Home, Phil, Bob and Alan personified the virtues of patience and kindness. Your compassion and attention to every detail of Kevin’s service allowed us time to grieve, secure in the knowledge that our concerns were understood and in capable hands. Your empathy was genuine, and will forever be of comfort to us while we keep Kevin in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot adequately express how much your caring spirit made a difference.
Phil, Uncle Bob & Alan,
Thank you for helping us provide a beautiful tribute for my Mother Suzanne Roberts. It is rare to experience an organization so thoroughly dedicated to providing the level of quality and dedication that your team has achieved. Recognizing the needs of a family suffering the death of a loved one requires a committed team such as yours. As we have discussed before, from the moment I entered your offices, I was treated with respect and knew that I had selected a team of professionals. In such a short period of time, I was made to feel part of your family. Your guidance and support will be communicated with my family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Maj. Wiley Roberts
Thank you so much for all the ways you helped us and our family to be able to say Good-Bye to our beloved Roger! We have been blessed to have you in our lives!
Judy & Marty Krause, Michelle & John.
Phil & Uncle Bob, Every detail of Bill's services were handled beautifully. The Military Service was unexpected, but so greatly appreciated and I know Bill would have been so very proud. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for all of it. Thank you so much for the generous donation of the Patriot Urn. It was beautiful and your kindness and thoughtfulness is appreciated more than words can say. I cannot "Thank You" enough for your compassion and caring throughout this difficult time. We felt as though we were working with family.
My family and I would like to thank you for my sister Mallory's Service. It was so much more than we ever expected. The kindness from you and your staff is by for the most appreciated. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A family, that wishes to remain anonymous to respect their son's privacy, asked that we share these thoughts on their recent experience with Maher Funeral Home. We are honored and humbled to do so:
"More and more families have members with special needs. Managing your own grief as a parent is compounded by making sure your child's needs are met.
My son is on the Autism spectrum.
Your funeral home was a wonderful place for my son to say goodbye to his loved one. He could go into the viewing room as he was comfortable then go back to the separate family room to spend time with his cousins.
He used the bedroom for quiet time- the environment was soothing for him. He was able to mourn with his family without special accommodations.
I know that other Funeral homes would not have been able to provide this, as their facilities are set up differently.
My son was also comforted that he was able to meet you (Phil) and your Uncle (Robert), interact with you and confirm you were the ones that were taking care of his loved one before burial- this was important to him.
Thank you for giving us this gift."
Dealing with a death of a loved one is hard. You are emotionally drained and physically exhausted and now you have to make arrangements to say goodbye to your beloved in a way that honors them but also is financially reasonable.
It was 23 years ago that Phil was just starting out in the business when my mother passed and Phil provided wonderful emotional support and McGannns funeral home provided the personal touch that is needed during this time of mourning. But in 23 years the business of death has changed, it has become a commodity business ran by corporations.
I am so grateful that Phil and his family decided to open up Maher Funeral Home. They provide an individualized service and hold your hand (literally at times) to help you through this process. It is not a business but a calling and you can feel it in every detail of the funeral home.
Thank you Phil and Uncle Bob in supporting our family and providing my father with the send off he deserved. You have provided a wonderful setting to comfort one another and say goodbye.
Phil I would like to thank you and your entire staff at the Maher Funeral Services for the excellence care that was given to our family. Clara services were above and beyond my family expectations. I would like to commend you and all that were involved in making our sister Clara services so beautiful. I love that the funeral home was light and airy and even though it was a sad occasion we felt happy and at peace when I entered to view Clara. Phil I felt like we were the only clients that you had because of the constant emails and phone call that I got everyday regarding the arrangement for our sister Clara.
I am happy that we entrusted the care of our sister Clara into the care of Maher Funeral Services.
Patricia Jones, Eddie Jones and Tangya Jones-Cervantes
I cannot thank Phil Maher enough for handling the arrangements for my sister's cremation. He took our difficult and chaotic situation and gave my family and I peace of mind and assurance. I even got a personal phone call from Phil letting me know that everything was taken care of. What a wonderful company and man. Thank you Phil Maher for your kindness and help
Phil and Uncle Bob were awesome (owners operators) Their attention to detail was top notch...I don't think anyone could have done a better job. The layout of their facility is quite conducive to what we needed for our situation..The whole Vibe they have going on made us comfortable and able to give our friends and family and my Dad a very Dignified Service.......They made our wishes for this Parting of my Father memorable in a really passionate manner....I Have Nothing But Praise For Everyone at Maher Funeral Home THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP PHIL AND UNCLE BOB Kenny Wrzesinski P.S. I totally recommend using their services and facility in your time of sorrow !!! The VIBE here will be appreciated
While this Holiday season is going to be one of the most difficult for me, I cannot imagine what it would have been like had I not had the Maher family back in May when I lost my son. Phil and his entire family took care of everything for me and in the most compassionate and professional manner anyone could expect. I want to thank Phil, Uncle Bob and everyone else at Maher Funeral Home for everything they did for me but more importantly for everything they did for Matt. You guys are a real blessing and it felt like family was taking care of Matt. Thank you.
October 13, 2016 is the one anniversary of our beloved Betty Rivas. The news of her passing came unexpected, we were devastated and had no idea what the next steps would be. After calling various funeral homes in the area, it felt like business transactions across the board. Then we found Maher, they were a true blessing to our family during a difficult time. Philip and staff are amazing, we felt comfortable and had piece of mind throughout the planning process. They delivered excellent service, affordable options and a gorgeous setting. I could not have done it without them. Thank you Maher Family
It was the most pleasant and welcoming experience I have ever had. My friends father passed away and was laid out there the family could not stop talking about how wonderful and welcoming their experience was as well. They were so grateful for the hassle free experience and the warmth and compassion they experienced in their bereavement
Could never say enough about the outstanding service. Very compassionate and helpful. Extremely clean, everything professionally handled making our loss feel in good hands from start to finish. Would highly recommend this beautiful funeral home. Well done Phil and Uncle Bob.
Our family met Phil Maher on May 5th, 2016, the day after my dear daughter passed away. Phil was favorably recommend to us by the family of a former teacher of his. The inside of Maher Funeral Home had an open, light and airy feel with an understated elegance and sophistication that was truly uplifting. During our time of need, Phil touched our hearts like family and cared for us like a dear friend. We were comforted by his compassion and sensed that he was following a much deeper calling that went beyond just fulfilling his funeral director responsibilities. We felt that Phil and the uplifting atmosphere at the funeral home had made our dear Bridget's spirit feel safe, well cared for and at peace. Our family will forever feel greatful to him and his staff.-Mary Fagan
When a middle aged parent dies unexpectedly the last thing you want to do is talk business. Phillip Maher was contacted late on a Sunday night through a friend of an employee and immediately called us to talk arrangements and meet with us the next morning. Not only did he beat the pricing of other funeral homes but was very comforting to my siblings and I in our time of need.
The services were the most professional I've seen and there was so much room. There were 2 huge kitchens and a comfortable room where we were able to take turns watching our young children that were there all day.
Thank you to Phillip ad Robert for your immediate attention and compassionate care and for all of the details like the picture cd, the care of our flowers and posters and making sure everything was perfect. I hope not to lose another loved one any time soon but would definitely give you our business again.
By my request, Phil reached out to me through a family friend regarding the death of my mother. I am very glad he did. Phil was very accommodating and really went the extra mile to make sure my family had everything we needed during our very difficult time. The funeral home is very clean and modern. I cannot tell you how many people complimented us on the place and said that this is the nicest funeral home they've ever been to. The services went off flawlessly and I think my mom would have been proud.
The Mahers went above and beyond their services and I am forever grateful that we chose them. I would definitely recommend them.
Thank you to all of the Mahers and Joan for helping us.
Would like to give big praise and a thank you to Phillip A. Maher at Maher Funeral Home. I had a patient who was a homeless veteran who had no family or anyone to arrange burial. He was a combat Vietnam Veteran. He would of been sent to the morgue and I'm sorry no one should be sent there, especially a Veteran. Phil agreed to give this man a proper soldier burial, that he deserved. Phil you are a true godsend & there's a special place in Heaven for ppl like you. Thank you again. Please remember Maher Funeral Home for your loved ones, they are truly a class act!! God bless our Veterans & the ones who stand by them & give them the respect they deserve.
My brother passed away at 42 years old on 1-23-16 and I called Phil Maher right away. He was great from the moment I called, to picking my brother up, to the very end of his services. Maher Funeral Home is the most beautiful, comfortable funeral home I have ever been in. My brother looked wonderful, they really did a fantastic job with him and with everything else we asked or needed. I couldn't be happier to spend the last 2 days grieving for my brother on the hardest days of my life knowing he was well taken care of and I know in my heart that my big brother was smiling down on me and my family! Cudos to u, Phil Maher and Maher Funeral Home!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
We just wanted to extend a great big thank you from the entire Alonzo-Rivera family to the Maher Funeral Home. We will never be able to thank you enough for the help you gave us in our time of need. We know our father would have been so honored to be waked at such a beautiful facility. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Words cannot express the gratitude for the way you took care of my father in law Leo Cuthbert. From the moment we came into your office you had been so professional, caring and you took care of absolutely everything for us. We can never thank you enough for being so supportive through the most difficult time for our family. You and your staff are amazing. I wish you great success.
Dear Phil - Words cannot fully express how thankful and grateful I am for all that you did to help us honor Steve's memory. The kindness, respect, undivided personal attention and professional services you provided far exceeded expectations and are a true testament of your values and dedication. You went above and beyond to meet every want and need. This, along with the sincere warmth you always extended and the comfortable surroundings truly helped make a very difficult time easier. Our community is very fortunate to have you among its business owners. I wish you great success and will highly recommend your services without hesitation. Thank you so very much for all that you did to give us such a wonderful memory and tribute to Steve - Karen Charleston
Dear Phil, I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you from the Morfoot family on your hard work and exceptional service in taking care of the final preparations for our mom, Sue. Your kindness and sincerity in a time of need is a gift. We wish you enormous success with your new location. Thank you.
Thank you for going the extra mile. My Mother could not talking about your kindness during this challenging time. The service was beyond everyone's expectations and a memory that will live forever. I am so glad to have you help us. Wishing you the very best. Advocate for life, Ron Olson.
Dear Phil, my family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful funeral you provided for my Dad. To day that you went above and beyond is an understatement. Without question we will highly recommend your services to family and friends.-Mary,Candace and Gina Coglianese.
Phil, on behalf of the parish community if St. George parish, thank you for your recent ad in our parish directory and we appreciate your support. Scott Schultz.
Phil, we just wanted to say thank you very much for being such a support to our family while grieving the loss of our Dad. We couldn't have got through this arduous journey without you. Many Thanks. Erin Senese and Sara McGann.
Dear Phil, Thank you so very much for your professionalism, kindness and thoughtfulness throughuout the past week with my dad's wake and funeral. It turned out to be such a wonderful tribute. We are so grateful that you made such a difficult situation seamless. Thanks so much. The Phillips Family.
Phil, words can never express the gratitude my family has for you. A few years ago you cared for our sister with dignity and respect. More recently you have provided that same care to our dad. You prepared everything for us. You helped us make choices when we were indecisive and you managed to cover every detail. It takes an extraordinary person to do what you do and I believe there is a special place in heaven for you.
Phil, I just wanted to thank you again for the superb services you provided for my Mom's wake and funeral. My sisters and I appreciate everything you did to make her ceremony so nice.
Mr Maher....Thanks again for all your help. Pastor Krogh was excellent...the services at the funeral home and at the cemetery were beautiful and he was able to weave their "story" into everything quite well...we were very pleased with everything. We thanked Pastor that day but please pass along our gratitude again when you see him. Our little Lucy had a beautiful day ..complete with precisely timed raindrops (tears from heaven).
Phil, thank you for all your effort and assistance with our families wishes. We all appreciate your time and guidance. Sincerely, The Dolan Family.
Phil, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your kindness and for making such a difficult journey a little easier.