Stempien Funeral Home
450 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-9181
Fax: (203) 686-1082
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Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home
450 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 634-1133
Fax: (203) 686-1082
Email Us

Funeral Services

We will assist your family in planning a funeral and choosing the options that suit your families needs and your loved ones wishes. We are able to assist you in holding services in a wide variety of areas. From our chapel, to your church or at the cemetery we are able to prepare a meaningful service to honor your loved one. We will listen to your family and help to arrange a personalized celebration and tribute of your loved one's life through whatever means you choose. We have a variety of pre-arranged funeral plans that fit into any budget or financial consideration.

In addition to funeral services our staff also provides the following services.

Pre Planning

There are many advantages to planning a funeral ahead of time. By pre-planning a funeral difficult decisions will not have to be made during a time of grieving and stress. You will be able to visit a potential resting site and have time to decide on and compare options. Thought can be made to whether or not cremation is an option you may want to choose. Your wishes can be put into writing to give your family direction when the time for the funeral comes. Pre-planning removes all doubt and gives you peace of mind in knowing that all financial considerations have been addressed and that all of the decisions meet your wishes and needs. We can also assist you in setting up Funeral Trusts before you have the need to apply for Medicaid benefits for yourself or loved one.

Online Memorials

We can set up an online memorial for your loved one. Our online memorials provide information for guests about the funeral services and also provide a tribute to your loved one. Guest will be able to gain information about dates, times and locations of funeral services. Guests will also be able to order flowers, make donations and sign a guest book through the memorial. The family will have access to the memorial to add photos to create a photo gallery for their loved one. By providing information to guests about services our online memorials help lessen the load on a family during a difficult time. The memorials also serve to pay tribute to your family's loved one.


We will prepare an obituary to be published for your loved one or we will assist you and your family in composing a personal tribute which may be published in a newpaper of your choice as well as on our website.

Veteran's Benefits

We will help you secure any potential veterans benefits you may entitled to, such as burial flags, government markers, memorial certificate and a burial plot. We can also arrange for military honors at the service if you so desire.

Social Security

We will notify the Social Security Administration of the death. We will explain and assist you in applying for any benefits you may be entitled to through Social Security.

Death Certificates

We will help you in obtaining certified copies of the death certificate which can be important for insurance purposes, probate affairs as well a host of other issues.

After Care

Sometimes the loss of a loved one can be especially painful. We understand that the grieving process does not end with the funeral. We are here not only to help arrange the funeral, but to help families cope with the loss of their loved one. There are a wide variety of grief resources available and we will help to point you in the right direction and begin the healing process.