In a significant development for the death-care industry in Maine, three funeral homes previously under the ownership of Service Corporation International have transitioned to private ownership with Family First Funeral Homes.

The three funeral homes involved in this transition are Smart & Edwards Funeral Home of Skowhegan, Birmingham Funeral Home of Olde Town, and Veilleux & Redington of Waterville. These establishments are now part of Family First Funeral Homes, a privately held firm with a strong focus on the development, management and long-term ownership of funeral homes and cremation care locations throughout Maine.

Family First Funeral Homes is not only committed to maintaining the legacy of these distinguished funeral homes but is also dedicated to expanding its presence throughout the Northeast region. With substantial financial backing, Family First Funeral Homes plans to continue its expansion through strategic acquisitions across New England.

Jeff Forsythe, president of Family First (pictured at top), expressed his enthusiasm for the new chapter: “We are honored to welcome Smart & Edwards, Birmingham, and Veilleux & Redington into the fold of Family First. These locations are pillars in their respective communities and reflect the core values of Family First: compassion, respect, and personalized care.”

Since 1999, Family First has strived to maintain a local presence in all 15 locations to strongly connect with the local community and respond to their specific needs. Acquisitions like this one allow Family First to support even more local communities in this way.

Jeff Forsythe further commented on the company’s mission, stating, “Our team at Family First is dedicated to creating meaningful and personalized experiences that celebrate the lives of those who have passed. We recognize the significance of our role and the trust families place in us during their times of need.”

As Family First Funeral Homes takes on this new responsibility, it remains committed to upholding the highest standards of service and support for the communities it serves.

The NewBridge Group assisted the buyer in the acquisition.

About Family First Funeral Homes

Family First is a privately held firm specializing in the acquisition, development, management, and long-term ownership of funeral homes and cremation care locations throughout New England. The company is dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized support to families during their times of loss. If you are a funeral home owner interested in discussing the benefits of selling your establishment to Family First Funeral Homes, please contact Todd Reich at The NewBridge Group can perform a confidential complimentary valuation to show what an offer from Family First would look like. 

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