About

At McCracken Funeral Home in Union Township, New Jersey, we have served families in Union, Hillside, Elizabeth and the surrounding Union County community since 1950.

 

Personalized funeral services

All of our funeral and cremation services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We understand losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and at McCracken Funeral Home we are committed to helping you with compassionate, professional and personal service.

We are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. When you choose McCracken Funeral Home, you not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a locally operated establishment, but also the value you deserve from the largest and most trusted network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.

WHV 2020 - Level 4We honor veterans

At McCracken Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. 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.

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.

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It is our privilege to serve the Union community. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance, or if you would like more information about our services.

History

McCracken Funeral Home was founded in August 1950 by William "Bill" McCracken. He was a well-liked individual who cared for the families he served in Union, New Jersey, and the surrounding towns. As an avid golfer, Bill brought the unique look of a golf course to the surrounding landscape of the funeral home.

In 1965, Bill added to the funeral home by purchasing the building and property next door, allowing him to add 2 additional visitation rooms. Bill sold the business in 1986 to his partners, Reed Hagelin and Patrick Growney. Reed and Patrick, along with their families, operated the business as a partnership until Reed became the sole proprietor in 1993.

In 1998, McCracken Funeral Home joined the Dignity Memorial network.

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Interested in learning more? Call us at 908-686-4700 to request a custom quote.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

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.

"My father had been sick for awhile and I suggested to my mom that we try to start making the arrangements so that when the time does come, we would be able to grieve properly. Unfortunately, my parents changed their minds, but Matthew made sure to follow up every now and then to see if we wanted to move forward. Once my father started to progressively get worse, Matthew happened to call and we set up an appointment. My father had passed late that evening. I called Matthew early Saturday morning and he answered and was extremely helpful. He was able to get me in contact with Ron and Lindsay, who were also very kind and helpful, and the appointment was set with Jennifer to finalize papers on that Sunday. Jennifer was such a pleasure to work with. She was able to help us pick out flowers, cards, etc. On the night of the viewing, Anthony was extremely helpful. They even blew up a beautiful photo of my mom and dad that is now hanging in their home. When we started a prayer service and a couple of speeches, Anthony brought out a podium and microphone. Some friends showed up towards the end and Anthony did not rush us out of there. We had the funeral services at Holy Spirit Church the next morning but came to see my father once more an hour and a half beforehand. Jennifer and the rest of the staff helped load up the flowers and poster boards for us. I highly recommend McCracken Funeral Home. They went above and beyond in making my father's services beautiful and memorable."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Cremation & Memorial Service Customer

July 2021

"While staff were very knowledgeable about all details & available choices pertaining to wake & funeral arrangements, they always exhibited patient understanding of clients' various questions, concerns, and preferences. In short, they listened carefully & they accommodated professionally. Perhaps most noteworthy was the time-consuming task of having them prepare our photo video. Not only were all 'last-minute' change & addition requests honored without question, but the end result was a beautiful, moving tribute to my mother - one which family members & guests watched over & over again & have not stopped talking about. All considered, as the primary family member who interacted with McCracken staff in all aspects of wake & funeral service planning, I can say with confidence that Jennifer, Lindsay, and other admin & staff members took a big burden off my shoulders, accommodated my requests, spent the time & worked long & hard, always treated me with respectful understanding, and were able to make a sad time into a very memorable one. Alexandra"

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May 2021

"Every moment was special from the beginning. My mom and I even got a special treatment from one of the funeral directors. He decided to walk us to our car to open/shut the door for my mom to get into her car. It was such a lovely experience. All the staff we came in contact with showed empathy. This will be the funeral home that we use for all of our future arrangements."

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May 2021

"Seamless process with Genuine care and delivering desired results in a timely fashion."

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April 2021

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