Gift of Hope; A Life Giving Gift

Gift of Hope is a not for profit organization that coordinates the donation of organ and tissue, to save lives through those loving donations. That coordination includes; physicians, nurses, transplant centers and funeral directors. The most important people in the process are the families themselves. The loving and generous donations come from the families and the people who make it known they wish to be donors.

Barbara Dolan and Anna Michiels explain the mission of Gift of Hope and how that mission saves lives and offers comfort to families dealing with loss on one side and the gift of life on the other. Barbara explains that the “heroism” of the families, especially those who have lost somebody very young, for extending this gift at a sad and vulnerable time. Anna works directly with funeral directors, who are very much part of the process in assisting in the gifts.

Important decisions are never easy, and this one may be the most difficult there is. And those families and people who choose are heroes whose legacy of life continues through the most grateful people one can imagine.

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Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www.

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Our Faith Communities are partners in our commitment to our families.

Perhaps one of the kindest and most concise things a person could say, is what Fr. Tom Paul says. “The Gibbons have a deep understanding of how they fit into the lives of the people of Elmhurst and our neighboring communities.” Tom (Tucker) Gibbons repeats his father’s words when he says, “We are blessed to be in the middle of several wonderful faith communities in Elmhurst, Bensenville, Villa Park, Berkeley, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and so many others.”

It’s our mission to not only make our home available to families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, but to see it through all the way through to religious rites and funeral services at the cemeteries or memorial services. We work closely with the clergy, ministers, grief counselors, bereavement ministries in all of our faith communities to make sure we are all seamlessly and professionally taking care of every detail for our families. When Visitation Deacon Tony Spatafore says, “When Gibbons are involved, we know everything is going to be taken care of”, or Pastoral Assoicate Patti Riggs says, “They make our job much easier”, that means the world to us. Because their assistance and guidance are vital in making sure our families experience a dignified and beautiful service.

Our combined ministry is a partnership we treasure. We love our community and we love the faith communities within. We’re all in this together.

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www.

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Gibbons Funeral Home: Getting it Right

People feel stress. You can see it. You can feel it. We pride ourselves on “getting it right” every single time we serve every single family. Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience for people. What our family can do is make sure that all the details of your arrangements are seen to and taken care of. It’s not just what we want to do to help our families, it’s what we’re here to do and we’re supposed to do. And we’ll know. And you’ll know. In fact, everyone will know when service has been performed correctly, professionally, and with compassion. As Marya Gibbons says, “When you get it right, there’s a collective exhale”, and she adds, “everyone there can feel it”.

We can’t eliminate the pain of loss. But we can ensure that your arrangements go smoothly, and your final time to celebrate your loved one’s life, is completely devoted to doing that and only that, while we take care of every detail from the biggest to the smallest. We’re here for you at Gibbons Funeral Home. 24 hours a day, every single day. If you have any questions or concerns about at-need services or Pre-planning services, feel free to contact us without any obligation at 630-832-0018 or contact us at our website at

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Being a Veteran becomes part and parcel of who they are.

Kathy Gidcumb’s dad was a veteran. His service was important to him. When it came time to arrange services for Kathy’s dad, Tom Revane,  two things were certain. His services would be held at Gibbons Funeral Home in Elmhurst, and his service in the military would be an important part of remembering who he was and how he lived his life. Tom went on to marry, raise a family, serve his community and parish. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. Marya Gibbons explains that “being a veteran becomes part and parcel of who a person is”. Adding, “we ensure that every benefit a veteran earned through their service is presented to the family”.

Thomas A. Gibbons, Jr. explains that veterans are entitled to an American Flag, an honor guard from their branch of the service, and their burial expenses at a National Cemetery are free of charge for a veteran and spouse. That includes a headstone. Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, IL is the nearest National Cemetery. Full military honors are part of every service at Lincoln Cemetery. Added Thomas A. Gibbons Jr., “That moment where you present the flag to a family and state ‘On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation’, the gravity of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women who served is impossible to misunderstand”. Kathy Gidcumb says it best, “It really was done just lovely”.

For details on Veteran’s funeral information, pre-need or at-need services,  contact Tom or Marya Gibbons at 630.832.0018 or click here.

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Pre-Arrangements Can Be a Relief to Families.

If you ask Deacon Tony Spatafore of Visitation Catholic Church in Elmhurst why he encouraged his mother to have her funeral arrangements pre-planned, he’d tell you,  “I wanted to celebrate my mother’s life. I didn’t want to get bogged down with all kinds of paperwork”. He added that it was a relief off of his shoulders to know that this very important process was taken care of with his mother’s input. When the time eventually came, Tony, an only child, didn’t have all of the sudden decisions to make when honoring his mom was the only thing that really mattered to him and his family. “It made all the difference in the world”. He highly recommends families consider Pre-Planned Funeral Arrangements.


To find out more about pre-arrangements (click here)