About

Since 1950, Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service has provided premier funeral and cremation services to families in the Rockland County, New York, community. With locations throughout the area, the firm opened the first—and only—stand-alone funeral home in the charming and historic hamlet of New City in 1967.

As the only funeral service provider in New City, we understand how important our services are to the community. We do not take our role for granted. To better serve our increasingly diverse population, we serve families of all cultures, backgrounds and faiths and strive to uphold every family’s funeral traditions and customs.

Chapel options for every family

Service room at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service features 3 chapels that can accommodate groups of varying sizes. Our A and B chapels are identical in size, comfortably seating 50-70 guests. Both of these chapels have chairs in rows as well as flat-screen televisions to display photos, videos and multimedia tributes. Our largest chapel, Chapel C, holds 150 people. We are also able to combine rooms to accommodate larger services if necessary.

Each of our chapels is simply decorated with ample room to display beautiful floral arrangements, treasured photographs and beloved mementos. We encourage you to customize the venues in any way you desire.

Let’s celebrate life

At Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service, creating a funeral service starts with a story. When you walk into our arrangement rooms, we ask questions and listen to you to learn everything we can about your loved one’s life. What was important to him? How would he want to be remembered? What were her passions? Once we have those answers, we’ll take all of the things that made your loved one special and use that information to tell their story in a unique and memorable way.

From displaying memorable family photos and belting out her favorite gospel ballads to using a 3rd-party caterer to serve his famous apple pie at a reception and hosting a groovy hippie-themed event in the chapel, there’s practically no limit to what we can do. All we need is a little inspiration—we’ll take care of the rest.

WHV 2020 - Level 4We honor veterans

At Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families and believe it is a true honor to serve our nation's veterans and military members. As a Level Four Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, we are honored to serve our nation’s heroes and take this responsibility seriously. We have taken steps to ensure our staff is knowledgeable of all the benefits available to military veterans and their families. Working with all branches of the U.S. armed services, we are well-versed in providing military funerals with honors.

Lobby at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.Our lobby has a Veterans Memorial Wall with engraved plates bearing the names of the brave military men and women whom we have served. In addition, we host community events annually in honor of our veterans and work closely with local veterans organizations. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran’s memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Coordination with local cemeteries

Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service has longstanding relationships with many Rockland County-area cemeteries and will work with the cemetery that you choose to ensure a seamless transition from funeral home to burial ground.

Trusted funeral service provider

Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, offering respectful and dignified service you can count on. We encourage you to visit us on South Main Street to meet our staff and tour our lovely funeral home facility.

Call us day or night. We will be there for you, no matter what.

History

Front exterior building at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service was established in the late 1950s by Michael J. and Dorothy M. Higgins. A pioneering and visionary couple, Dorothy was the first licensed funeral director in Rockland County, and Michael had the foresight to expand and offer a wide range of services to the families of Rockland County. In 1967, the couple opened a funeral home in New City, which, at the time, was but a small town. In the decade following the New City location’s opening, the hamlet became a booming metropolis. Visionary, indeed!

Honoring our legacy

The funeral home business grew over the next 50 years, and in 1996, Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service joined the Dignity Memorial network of funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service has quite a legacy. To this day, it is the only funeral home in New City. And not only that, it was among the first businesses designed specifically as a funeral home in the state of New York.

We understand how important it is to some to have a proper military burial. We work closely with the cemetery of your choosing to ensure dignified graveside services are available. In addition, we actively participate in the Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Burial Program and provide free funeral services to homeless and indigent veterans, to ensure that all who serve our country receive fitting memorials, no matter their financial situations.

Active in the New City community

In addition to serving families through our funeral home, we are also involved in the New City community and surrounding areas within Clarkstown. Our yearly holiday tree lighting is always a beautiful event. Additionally, we sponsor many local events, support our local fire and police departments and regularly attend area events.

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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.

"From start to finish, the entire staff at Higgins Funeral Home were so pleasant and kind to us. We first met with Jon and he was a pleasure to deal with. We then worked with Elvis who was outstanding throughout the while process. He was so kind and caring, made us all feel at ease. Also worked with Colin who was shakily outstanding. I met him ear

ly morning at Hospice. He was so gentle and considerate, he allowed us time to be with mom without rushing us. We them worked with both Elvis and Colin over the course of moms funeral. We were blessed to be cared for by two caring individuals. Throughout the process, I dealt with Ida who was always courteous and polite when I'd call or come into the office. Such a pleasure to deal with. Absolutely thankful to the employees of Higgins Funeral Home."

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April 2022

"Overall we had a positive experience. I would recommend their services to anyone who wants a personal touch."

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January 2022

"Everything was exceptional. They were kind, respectful, understanding and comforting. They put up a display of several pieces of my mother's paintings throughout the room which made the wake so personal and unique to her and helped celebrate her specialness. You helped us honor and celebrate the life of our mother. Many, many thanks."

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December 2021

"I would tell anyone who may ask where should I go to wake and have a funeral would be Higgins in New City."

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