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6653-75 Chew Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
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First independently owned-and-operated funeral home owned by an African-American woman in Philadelphia, to receive the Eagle Award


As you come through our doors, prepare to let us help you create a meaningful memory of your loved one as we celebrate a life well lived! At Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. we believe that a funeral service is one of the best ways to honor the life and legacy of you or your loved one. New modernized ideas and alternatives have developed in lieu of traditional funeral services. Sometimes, deciding exactly what you or your loved one wants or wanted can be difficult. We understand that and hope to release certain anxieties about funeral planning.

Perhaps you have heard someone say:

“I don’t want anyone looking down on me!” – I don’t want a sad and gloomy funeral.” – I only want to be cremated.”

Sentiments like these are shared regularly. And while there isn’t anything wrong with these statements, we urge families to consider if friends and family are given an opportunity to:

Talk about their memories with others? – Celebrate a life well lived? – Say their final goodbyes?

Give those closest to you a chance to honor the memories of you or your loved one. Everyone deserves it!

“If I can help somebody, then my living shall not be in vain!” ~Mahalia Jackson

Elements of the Traditional Funeral Service

  • A Viewing - Held the night before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the visitation – also called a wake or a viewing is a time when friends and family can get a final “view” of their loved one. Also provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to your family.
  • The Funeral Service - A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure to family and friends. Although your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, a casket or urn is present, though you may choose to have the casket open or closed.
  • The Burial – A service in which the body of your loved one is interred, usually in a grave at a cemetery.
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Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the death, funerals are the first step in the healing process.
In 2014, the median cost of an adult traditional funeral service was $7,181. (National Funeral Director's Association http://nfda.org/about-funeral-service-/trends-and-statistics.html#cost )

Funeral Service and Cremation

  • Viewing
  • The Funeral Service
  • Crematory
This type of service can also vary but primarily entails these acts for a final disposition. A funeral service with a cremation requires a wooden casket (which can also be rented), and a crematory location (of which we use the services of a nearby cemetery and their crematory).
In 2014, the median cost of an adult funeral service with a cremation was $6,078. (National Funeral Director's Association http://nfda.org/about-funeral-service-/trends-and-statistics.html#cost). Just as many things are factored into this type of service, things can also be factored out, bringing costs of goods and services down significantly with us.

Direct Cremation

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst the baby boomer generation. Among the many reasons for this growing trend is the breadth of options cremation provides for a final memorial service. Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds. Common elements include:
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  • Glimpse
  • Urn or Keepsake Urns
  • Crematory
A direct cremation can include these items for final disposition. Our average cost for a direct cremation is $1,495. In some cases, we can accept State assistance funds up to $750. for direct cremation services.

Green Funeral/Natural Burial

  • Removal of remains
  • Shelter of remains
  • Wool/cotton casket
  • Local transportation to cemetery
  • Necessary services of staff and authorization
Burials are scheduled in our funeral home to schedule burials in West Laurel Hill Cemetery's Nature Sanctuary and any other options requested by informant.

An average cost can start around $5200.
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Memorial Service

At a memorial or tribute service, a casket is not present, but instead there may be an urn present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together in your memory and celebrate your life. When planning a memorial or tribute service, consider these questions:
  • What did the person like to do?
  • What was the person like as an individual?
  • What was the person like as a professional?
  • Was the person spiritual?
  • Was the person proud of their heritage?
At EJFH, we offer a memorial service package with a direct cremation which includes: A Final Glimpse (quick visitation); Cremation Costs; A full sized urn or multiple keepsake urns; and the Memorial Service.

This type of final disposition can be modified to fit various needs. The average cost of services is $1795. and up