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We were really pleased with the attention to detail. We originally thought that we would need to have a closed casket, but the team did a remarkable job with Mom's appearance.

Terri K. (Wilmington, DE)
September 27, 2023

Chris Gillis was incredibly kind, compassionate and considerate of our needs, knowing how we felt every moment along the way. Chris and Sandy Jones helped us design a beautiful & memorable service for my mom. They helped us coordinate and incorporate all of our requests, no effort was difficult for them. We will always appreciate their loving and respectful actions toward our family. Thank you and God Bless you!

Bill B. (Newark, DE)
September 20, 2023

The staff at Doherty was very kind and considerate, willing to listen to our family's needs and help us with what we wanted. Chris Gillis is an excellent director who guided us through all the planning and along with John Yasik made the day of the funeral go smoothly. Chris assisted us in writing the obituary and was very accommodating when we made changes and edits to it. He gave us fine suggestions and tips throughout the whole process and made a tough and painful time much easier to take. Their Family Care© with Sandy Jones and ability to answer questions quickly was excellent. Also, I appreciated their professional warm-hearted and sincere support for our family. Thank you.

Mark S.
June 19, 2023

The Doherty Family is very caring and compassionate; and their staff are so very helpful at such a difficult time. Chris Gillis is an exceptional and caring man. He was so very helpful and patient with us; he is like a family member! I highly recommend him.

Annette D. (Wilmington, DE)
April 14, 2023

In addition to the attention to details for the funeral, the Family Care follow-up was extremely informative. [Sandy Jones] gave me a wonderful folder with checklists and information regarding all duties that needed to be tended to. She also explained things that I didn't initially understand. I was greatly pleased with Doherty from the planning to the end.

Sharon P. (Wilmington, DE)
April 11, 2023

Very helpful and accommodating before, during and after the service. Every request was made. They know what you need, before you need it. Very thankful

Vicki D. (Wilmington, DE)
February 27, 2023

The initial visit to make arrangements went very smoothly. Chris Gillis was very thorough in explaining the process and provided clear guidance in making decisions regarding the funeral. The execution at the church and cemetery was excellent. Overall our satisfaction with the entire process was very positive.

Louis K. (Lewes, DE)
January 30, 2023

Our Pastor recommended your funeral home based on experiences from others, and he was correct. The professional atmosphere and caring attitude of all the employees, including Mr. Doherty himself, helped us in this difficult time. Planning for the funeral, being present before & after that day were just as our family asked. Thank You and God Bless you for this service.

Annette F. (Newark, DE)
January 25, 2023

Though it was my wife of 53 years and I was very sad, it was one of the most beautiful services that I have ever attended. Very well done.

Jim C. (Wilmington, DE)
January 25, 2023

I have enclosed this note to share additional thoughts regarding the exceptional service and experience Doherty's provided for my beloved husband Jerry's funeral. I worked very hard assembling his storyboards and videos. Many who attended said it was one of the best funerals they had ever been to!

However, the staff at Doherty's went above and beyond to address all my questions and calls. There were more than a few... Martha was very knowledgeable, and a joy to interact with. I do not think the staff could have done more. This included answering the phone after hours and correcting an error I made on the online obituary almost immediately. We had a big crowd and there was plenty of parking. Everyone also seemed to fit comfortably inside for the speeches. At the last minute, I requested the insert to the guest book be changed so I would have addresses, no problem, it was done.

All the items I received in their planning bag made sense and I used everything but the thank you cards. (I had them custom made.) Doherty's did a fabulous job and made an extremely difficult time a little easier. Thank you.

Katherine H. (Chesapeake City, MD)
January 10, 2023

Mr. Chris Gillis, Mr. John Yasik, & Ms. Kate Morgan & Staff,

Please know that we are thankful for the superb services received at Doherty once again. From removal to burial, everything flowed magnificent. Chris was in constant contact regarding last minute items we may have forgotten and kept us on schedule. My mother's was beautiful along with the delicate way her flowers & pictures were arranged. Limousine drivers very respectful, and ready with umbrellas for us. We are so crushed over my mother, we could not have done this without Chris' help. Mr Yasik and Kate, thank you too for your services and wonderful slideshow.

Barbara O'Connell

Barbara O'Connell
October 28, 2022

Very happy with Doherty. We have used them previously and they do not disappoint. Also appreciate their service to help with phone calls to cancel social security, pensions, etc. Sandy (Jones) is great.

Debbie M. (Newark, DE)
April 12, 2022

The entire handling of my Mom was perfect; from her removal, to the burial. Your staff was just simply amazing. So caring and extremely helpful. Plus, having Sandy (Jones) to help me was just awesome. If I were being buried in Delaware, Doherty Funeral would be my choice. They are just super.

Dee Marie J. (Newark, DE)
March 25, 2022

We have used this funeral home many times in our family. We have been to many funerals for friends. In my opinion, there is no other funeral home that is close to Doherty's. We appreciate all that you've done for our family

Sharon C. (Avondale, PA)
March 4, 2022

My husband and I both have pre-arranged services. This was a huge help when my husband recently passed away, and I am so glad that I have the same arrangements for myself. Our funeral director, Martha Swanson was excellent, knowledgeable, caring and accommodating.

Jean T. (Newark, DE)
January 28, 2022

Martha (Swanson) is a jewel! She is caring and thoughtful and has a pleasant personality. (We) liked her the moment we met her.

Joy M. (Kennett Square, PA)
January 26, 2022

Thank You and your wonderful staff for taking care of dad, after his passing. I remember how impressed I was with your handling of mom's funeral in 2014. Your professionalism, caring and empathy shines through in every encounter we had. We are extremely grateful and appreciate all you have done for our family. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw the display of our pictures of Mom & Dad that you had arranged. And having Frank (Sinatra) playing in the background...well, dad would have loved it! My family and I just wanted to know how much we appreciated everything you've done to make the funeral as seamless and as beautiful as possible. We didn't have to worry about a thing. `

Elizabeth B. (Wilmington, DE)
January 10, 2022

I am immeasurably grateful for the kindness and encouragement that my whole family received from the entire Doherty staff. To see Larry (Parrish) walk into my home was such a relief; and from there, Chris Gillis took over and walked us gently through the process. We felt like family. We were reassured and loved. Thank You for your care.

Carol S. (Wilmington, DE)
October 25, 2021

Chris Gillis, the Funeral Director, made the entire process very easy. He was extremely helpful, even with things that were not his responsibility such as getting the headstone engraved. The services were very well managed, and everything came off without a hitch. The entire experience was exemplary, from the initial meeting to discuss options to the day of the service. I highly recommend this organization.

Jeffrey W. (Narberth, PA)
August 25, 2021

Obviously, this is a very difficult and sad time. EVERYONE (at Doherty Funeral Home) was amazing in helping us plan my father's services. The (family care program) is such a bonus. I would highly recommend Doherty Funeral Home to anyone. Thank You.

Diane P. (Middletown, DE)
June 23, 2021

Bill Doherty III was so helpful in a very difficult time for us. We really appreciated the professionalism from not only Bill, but the (entire) Doherty Funeral Home Staff. When I am ready to pre-plan my services, I'll definitely reach out to Doherty. I'd highly recommend Doherty Funeral Home to anyone in need of funeral arrangements

Irene G.
April 15, 2021

I was extremely pleased with all [of] the concern, care, and professional services from Doherty Funeral Home. I want to thank Martha, our funeral director, once again. I would recommend her to anyone. She made a stressful time so much easier and memorable. God Bless!

Kathleen H. (Wilmington, DE)
March 15, 2021

Dear Chris, Thank you for arranging such a beautiful funeral and service for my mother. You made everything so easy for us. You were extremely knowledgeable, organized and precise and gave us the means to help in our decision making. You were available for our needs at all times. Thank you for ensuring that the details of the funeral went smoothly from beginning to end. I was amazed at how beautiful my mother looked. Your expertise in preparing her was incredible and beyond my expectations. Our family received many compliments and favorable remarks not only about how she looked but also how the memorial service was done with perfection. My family and I appreciate all you have done for us and commend you for your outstanding service.

Mary W. (Newark, DE)
October 30, 2019

My wife and I were particularly touched by Mr. Gillis' kindness of heart, openness, approachability, genuine empathy and a supreme degree of professionalism. He offered comfort and genuine concern and was most efficient with regard to all logistics. He offered great help to us during a very difficult time...The entire Doherty Funeral Home staff with whom we interacted with during the arrangements for the funeral and beyond clearly demonstrated that they have a "personal calling" and serve a noble mission during the provision of their services. This is done with a high degree of compassion, a deep understanding of the needs of the family and (with) supreme efficiency. They helped us carry a part of our burden and we are sincerely thankful to our funeral director (Chris Gillis), his team, and all the staff.

Nicholas S. (Greenville, DE)
September 23, 2019

We have used (Doherty Funeral Home) for both our Mom and Dad and we have been extremely happy with Bill and the entire staff. Nothing was ever too much to ask of them and the results were over the top exceptional. In fact, many people commented on the perfection of every facet of the service. Our gratitude and appreciation to Doherty Funeral Home are immeasurable.

Marie T. (Wilmington, DE)
September 14, 2019

I was so pleased to work with Chris (Gillis) and the staff at Doherty. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and efficient. Excellent service. Chris was available for our needs at all times and ensured that the details of the funeral went smoothly. His expertise is incredible! Beyond my expectations!

Mary W. (Newark, DE)
September 4, 2019

Personalized, professional, proactive planning by a team who has earned their good reputation - our family has used them for 9 funerals.

Michael O. (Landenberg, PA)
September 1, 2019

From the gentleman that picked up my mother through the planning process to the viewing and funeral I can't imagine any way they could have made this process any better. Every detail was taken care of. Every possible need was anticipated including a special request that was handled creatively and efficiently making for a very memorable memorial service. The care and dedication of the staff at Doherty made this experience far better than I ever could have imagined. thank you for taking such good care of Mom and our family

Darlene C. (Wilmington, DE)
July 2, 2019

Bill, I cannot thank you enough for the kindness and compassion you showed me and my family during the loss of my Dad and Mom. The tree planting for my Dad & the birthday card for my Mom were both so very thoughtful and will not be forgotten. I have and always will highly recommend the Doherty Funeral Home. Thank You so much for everything.

Pat B. (Newark, DE)
April 30, 2019

Traditionally, my family had always used another funeral home, but we chose Doherty and we were very pleased with our decision. Jim Mullin took exceptional care of us.

Michael & Terry E. (Newark, DE)
January 30, 2019

Dear Bill, Sandy, Rose and Diane,
My family and I want to thank you for your empathy, sincerity, and professionalism during this difficult time for us. You made the process very easy and you were very respectful. I appreciate all of the programs you offer to help us deal with our grief. Doherty is a top-notch organization. Thanks also for planting a tree in our mother's honor.

Cheryl M & Family (Wilmington, DE)
September 1, 2018

Having Sandy Jones as an advisor really took the bite out of some of the paperwork that goes with losing a spouse. Everyone was warm, caring, and helpful. Thank You.

Marjorie P. (Wilmington, DE)
March 15, 2018

My funeral director was Jim Mullin. He felt like an old friend the first I met him. He was there at every turn and made me feel comfortable. He has my eternal gratitude.

Audrey C. (Lincoln University, PA)
March 12, 2018

My late husband told his sisters that I was in complete charge of planning his service because he knew I’d arrange a great service. I knew Chris (Gillis) was the one to help me. One sister-in-law had attended 4 funerals in the past 2 months and she said the Doherty service was by far the best.

Mary M. (Wilmington, DE)
February 1, 2018

We are so very grateful for all of the services that you provided. Every detail was discussed and attended to with such care! I always felt free to ask questions - which were answered fully and in a timely manner. Unlike several of the funeral homes that I deal with arranging funerals for members of the church where I work, I can't think of one single thing that was lacking in the care of my Mom and of our family. It was inspiring to experience a staff that strives so diligently to care well for grieving families. Thank You all and God Bless You!

Kathy M. (Frederick, MD)
March 15, 2017

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