Our primary mission is to care for our client families before, during, and after a loss has occurred. Being so involved with you in three distinct areas is what sets Dewhirst Family Funeral Homes apart from all the rest. As complete Funeral Care Advisors, we specialize in creating unique tributes, ceremonies and celebrations of life. We also offer advanced planning and post funeral care services, as well as seminars on the entire funeral planning process for your group or organization. A rich tradition of compassionate care at Dewhirst Family Funeral Homes means that we will always engage in our most important job: taking care of you and your family.

To get the most current information and updates available on all of our initiatives, upcoming seminars and workshops, as well as a live obituary stream, feel free to “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter & Google  

As always, please know that we are here for you at any time and for any questions or concerns, before, during or after a loss. 

Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home
42 Main Street
| Salem, NH 03079
Tel: 1-603-898-2181

Featured Services

View Obituaries

Directly order flowers, view and sign the condolences book, share memories and more to celebrate lives of those dearly missed.

Grief Support

Helpful resources to guide you through the loss of a loved one.


Take a few moments to express your wishes now and help to ease the burden on your loved ones.

Frequent questions
Frequent Questions

A collection of answers to questions that people often have when arranging for a funeral.

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About Our Sculpture

We are often asked about the sculpture that is prominently featured on our campus, and the meaning behind it.
Here are a few insights that we have personally equated with the creative adornment.

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Created by local sculptor Dale Rogers, the artwork depicts the greatest themes in our profession. 

As it appears, it is three trees growing in close proximity, a cardinal alighted in its lofty branches. The symbolism embodied within these figures is that of the Holy Trinity, the three circles intertwined revealing the interconnected relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

In addition, the trees themselves denote our very motto, which serves as a reminder to those who pass through our doors, which is we are here to assist before, during, and after a loss.  Finally, the cardinal hearkens back to the old saying, “when a cardinal appears, a loved one is near”

In combination, these elements provide a practical and visual reminder that we, as family and friends, servants and pillars within our communities alike, all share the same sense of grief and have within us the ability to rise above it, knowing our loved ones are cared for.

The 21st Century Funeral

Our second book, "The 21st Century Funeral." 

Funeral care has changed dramatically over the last few decades. "The 21st Century Funeral" discusses the new normal for funerals in today's society.

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The Death Care Journey

Our first book, "The Death Care Journey." 

"The Death Care Journey" explores the dynamics before, during, and after experiencing a loss,

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