Planning a Meaningful Funeral During Social Distancing

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To our beloved Framingham & Greater Metrowest community,

It is our greatest honor to take care of our community during the loss of a loved one. In light of the COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic, we, like many other businesses and communities, are taking precautions to limit exposure and prevent further spread of the virus. With this in mind, we are listening to recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we strive to help protect our community and our staff. Two of the suggestions by these organizations are to limit public gatherings and if people are experiencing symptoms of the virus to stay home. 

The cleanliness of our funeral home and public spaces uphold a very high standard. As a precautionary measure, we have significantly increased the rigor of internal cleaning procedures, including best practices provided from global health authorities to promote proper disinfecting protocols, frequent hand washing, and healthy hygiene practices.  

We ask that you take these precautions if you plan on attending a service at our funeral home. We also ask families in our care to consider postponing memorial services until after the intensity of the situation seems to lift. And if you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, we request that you please refrain from coming into our building. If you are unable to attend services for a loved one or friend, McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home is happy to mail you memorial cards, programs, etc. and sign your name and information in the guest book.

Please keep in your prayers those who are affected by this, as well as all the front line responders as we work hard to ensure that as much normalcy as possible remains in these uncertain times. We thank you for your patience during this time and we are at your service to answer any additional questions you may have, 508-875-4747 or email at

Thank You,

Brian C. McKinney

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Family owned and operated since 1907

For more than 100 years our three families have proudly served the Framingham, Greater Metrowest and Boston communities in their time of need and we continue to do so as a family and Framingham owned business. We take great pride in our ability to celebrate each life and family we serve individually and in unique ways, regardless of circumstance.

My sister recently gave up her fight against Pancreatic Cancer. During the initial stages of devistating grief and throughout the ceremonial closure to her death McCarthy, McKinney and, Lawler Funeral Home in Framingham, MA was comforting. Brian McKinney was very kind and professional in talking about all the options and costs to her daughters giving them a satisfying closure. All who attended the celebration of life service for my sister's life commented how beautiful the rooms were. Every room included beautiful flowers along with pictures and videos of my sister's life. The celebration also included prayers from a local Catholic priest. Guests visited and spoke about how my sister effected them and their lives. There were guests from all walks of her life from family and friends to coworkers. It was a truly beautiful experience. What was most comforting was that Brian McKinney made my nieces feel as if they were putting the funeral of their mother in the right hands. Brian took over and told them not to worry about anything. He coordinated the whole experience in accordance with their wishes. Thank you McCarthy, McKinney, and Lawler Funeral Home employees for your kind, professional, and elegant experience you gave to the family of Elisabeth Martino.

Maria Stella Melendez

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