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Planning a funeral is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Yet virtually every culture recognizes the importance of commemorating the life and loss of a loved one with a meaningful ceremony.
We operate the Gilman Funeral Home in Putnam, the Valade Funeral Home in North Grosvenordale and the Park Tribute Center, Windham County’s only crematorium. Funerals don’t just signify that a life has ended, they signify that a life was lived and loved.
Funerals offer survivors the opportunity to mourn their loss amongst family and friends and to begin the healing process. So, what type of funeral service should you choose? Since no two people are alike, no two funerals should be alike. From planning a traditional burial with a wake and church service to a simple cremation in our own crematorium, we offer complete funeral care to all faiths and cultures.
At the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes, we understand the importance of personalizing a funeral. We’ll guide you step by step, and help you create a meaningful event that celebrates your loved one’s unique life and helps the bereaved cope with their loss.
Planning a funeral is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Let us, the staff at the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes and the Park Tribute Center be your personal guide.
Located on Church Street in Putnam the Gilman Funeral Home overlooks the Quinebaug River. This is also the location of the main office where funeral arrangements take place, both for services at the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes. Image ... Read More »
Located on Main Street in cozy North Grosvenordale, the Valade Funeral Home is conveniently situated across the street from St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Joseph Cemetery. Image Gallery Location Map ... Read More »
The Park Tribute Center is Windham County’s only crematory and it is used exclusively for Gilman & Valade families. Separated into two rooms, the gathering room offers the option for families to have a viewing, committal ceremony, reception, ... Read More »