About

People's Funeral Chapel has been an important part of the Hanford community since the early 1900s. Located in the city's historical downtown, our funeral home provides a warm atmosphere and caring staff to serve families of all faiths and cultures.

Let’s celebrate life

Lobby at People's Funeral ChapelWhether you are planning for yourself or a loved one, our bilingual team is ready to help you create a meaningful celebration that reflects the personality and passions that makes a life unique. We find inspiration almost anywhere—in a favorite song, hobby, even an iconic style—and turn that into a funeral or memorial filled with thoughtful and meaningful details. You’ll find there’s almost no limit to the special tribute we can create.

We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult experience, and we are committed to helping our families with compassionate, professional and personal service. Our professional funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to guide you.

Please call us when we can help.

History

When Hanford, California, became a city in 1891, the People’s Undertaking Association handled most of the mortuary business in the area.

Around that time, Cecil G. Demme, who was working with his father in a furniture store and funeral parlor in Emerson, Nebraska, received a letter from a friend that informed him that "Hanford was in need of a funeral parlor.”

Cecil came to Hanford with his wife in 1924 and, along with parishioners from the Hanford Presbyterian Church, formed the People's Undertaking Parlor Corporation for the purpose of selling stock to raise money to build a funeral parlor.

The corporation drew up plans for the funeral parlor, which was to be located on North Douty and 8th streets in Hanford. The People's Funeral Chapel was completed in 1925.

A transfer of ownership in 1950 prompted a remodel of the funeral home, as well as the name change from People's Undertaking Parlor to People's Funeral Chapel. One of the more noticeable changes made was the addition of decorative cement block walls on the south and west sides. This addition gave the building its iconic modernistic appearance.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Briana was soft spoken, caring yet professional. I liked the way she presented all the options available yet did not pressure you to choose one over another."

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November 2022

"This is the second time in 7 years that I have dealings with peoples, I received the same quality of care this year as I did 7 years ago. I have made my own arrangements through peoples and I know that they will provide the same wonderful service for my family in the future."

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July 2022

"This staff definitely has it all together and that's very important when you feel like you're getting ready to fall apart with the loss of a loved one they were very sincere and full of empathy. May they be blessed by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Jesus mighty name I pray amen"

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June 2022

"I was so pleased with Gabriel .. he went above and beyond expected even when i was having problems with insurance to release money he was so helpful and assured me all would be taken care of .. thk yu so much"

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