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From the first phone call to the Forastiere Funeral Home, to the final goodbye at the grave site, the staff was devoted, sincere, and compassionate.
Our first meeting was with Jackie Curtis. She was very professional; addressing our wishes and needs.
She absorbed every intimate detail that we requested and filled everyone with understanding and love.
Our family found her to be a devoted director with precision and compassion.
Our family and friends remarked again and again that every detail of the wake and funeral was directed with incredible camaraderie.
The Forastiere family carried out our every wish at a most sad time in our lives.

Mary C. Yacovone
February 19, 2024

When my youngest sister passed away suddenly in August with no funeral preparations made in advance, we immediately called Forastiere Family Funeral as they handled both my father-in-law and brother-in-law's arrangements in the past. This time we choose the Agawam location as my sister was a Veteran and wished to be interred at the Mass Veteran's Cemetery in that town. We worked with Roger Grondin, funeral director, who assisted us with all the details, even contacting the cemetery for burial information. He was compassionate, professional and patient as we made these difficult decisions. Roger even shared a beautiful poem during the visitation which brought tears to our eyes. The level of care Forastiere's staff provided and concern for our family was wonderful. We were very impressed by the Air Force emblems placed on the hearse during the procession to the cemetery, the American flags waving from poles along the route, and the extra touch of a sweet kitten picture above my sister's obituary on their website, as she loved her cats. My family and I would highly recommend Forastiere. We thank Roger and all the staff for the care and compassion they provided our family and friends during this difficult time.

Aimee S
November 8, 2023

The recent loss of my sister Barbara has been very difficult for her husband, myself and the rest of family. I am grateful to have found Forastiere Family Funeral and Cremation to take care of her final arrangements during this sad time. Jackie and Kate were very helpful and attentive to our needs. They provided all the guidance necessary to assist us along the way and were just a phone call away whenever needed. Their kindness, compassion, and care is very much appreciated. I highly recommend Forastiere and thank them for how much they extended themselves to take care of everything for us.

Tina P
October 4, 2023

Several years ago when Dad was dying we checked out a few funeral homes. Forastiere stood out above the rest as exceptionally caring and personalizing. I never forgot how they asked what Dad’s hobbies were. When we replied “fishing” we were told to bring his favorite rod and reel….and they had it propped near his casket.

Shortly thereafter we did a prepaid funeral with Forastiere. They walked us through the steps and were incredibly helpful. It was a huge relief to have our funerals already arranged the way we wanted them.

My husband recently passed away and once again Forastiere made everything as easy and personal as possible. We worked with Jackie….kind, helpful, compassionate, understanding. Not only did they do an exceptional, professional job but their follow up is wonderful. They offer and provide so many extras. We definitely made the right choice many years ago!

Jane Robitaille
August 29, 2023

The inevitable loss of my Mom came very sudden. And with it came all the uncertainties of what to do and how to handle the arrangements. Loren, Jackie and the Forastiere team provided the guidance and care that my family needed to manage through a difficult time. Thank you so very much!!!

Scott J
August 21, 2023

We recently lost our mom and chose Forastiere Smith Funeral Home to handle the arrangements. Brian, Jackie and Elizabeth went above and beyond comforting us, guiding us and making sure all of our needs were met. They have continued to contact us to see how we were doing and have offered grief counseling. They are true professionals and I highly recommend using them for your loved one.

Sue K.
June 6, 2022

When my mom passed away I knew it was gonna be one of the hardest things for me to go through. Forastiere Smith Funeral Home Made it so much easier for myself and my family. Everything was beautiful they were right there for everyone of our needs at all times. They are a very warm and caring Place to rest a love One.

Mariann M.
April 8, 2022

I will be forever grateful that my family and I chose Forastiere funeral home to help us with our dad services. Their Kindness, compassion, and professionalism made one of the most painful experiences in our lifetime less stressful. Especially in handling all of the details regarding our dad’s services. His services were handled beautifully and seamlessly. What is even more impressive is Forastiere's staff has always reached out to my family to check in, offer any assistance , and/or services to help us during the grieving process. What really touched are hurting hearts is how they reached out to us on are dads birthday. Which was obviously a very emotional day and difficult hurdle to get through. We greatly appreciated there gentle kindness and thoughtfulness on such an important day of remembrance in are lives. It truly speaks volumes knowing that the Forastiere team does not forget the family members after your loved ones funeral services. They are there to help ease your pain during and after the passing of your loved one. You truly are treated with respect and like family.

Adrianna G.
February 1, 2022

Forastiere has recently handled the arrangements and service for my Mom. From the moment we walked in to the end of the service, they were consummate professionals and their care helped ease our grief at this time. They were there at every point helping and guiding us through. Highly recommend and thank them

Katherine M.
January 31, 2022

They were so helpful and reassuring with our sad loss of David Jewett we miss him so much! Very kind and helpful with everything we had to get accomplished. Thank you so much for your caring and loving manner. THANK YOU ALL!

Lynne H.
January 13, 2022

I contacted Forastiere Smith when my 93 year old father passed away in November. He was residing in a St. Louis nursing home and I needed to have him cremated there and eventually his ashes would come back to East Longmeadow. Forastiere was very helpful with the situation and the arrangements. I feel that my questions were well addressed and the procedure went smoothly. They were very understanding and kind at this tough time. I highly recommend Forastiere Smith for any funeral arrangements you need.

Jeffrey B.
January 1, 2022

Excellent and personal attention to detail, easily explained the requirements for the various services. Can't thank Mike enough for taking care of my Dad and Uncle, all in the same year, during a pandemic.

Joseph T.
November 13, 2021

The staff at Forastiere Smith were professional and helped create a beautiful service. Everything was done as requested and were prompt in any questions, requests. Thank you.

Jeffrey L.
November 8, 2021

Loren and the Forasteire family were caring, competent and always available to help. They are the best in the area and I will be using them again .

Kathy B.
November 5, 2021

I loved their compassion and helpfulness with my sisters funeral. My brothers and I changed things up since my initial appointment with them and they accommodated all of our changes without any problems. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Gail P.
October 26, 2021

Forastiere Smith Funeral Home in East Longmeadow gets a five star. My family and I were treated with the upmost respect. Their compassion and understanding helped us get through a very difficult time and was greatly appreciated.

Vivian R.
October 15, 2021

My sister and I recently held a Celebration of Life service for our beloved mother of 97 years. Losing her was heartbreaking but the staff at the East Longmeadow Forastiere location made this process smooth and they were exceptionally helpful. We chose cremation and Loren and Emily went over all the details step by step and gave us a packet of information for florists, monument places and restaurants for a reception. We ordered our flowers and everything was color coordinated. I did 4 poster boards with pictures of mom from birth to the present. Everyone loved them. Forastiere had them set up on easels for everyone to see. They tried to get the priest we asked for but he was going to be out of town. The day of the service, he showed up and said a prayer with us. They contacted the priest from St. Michael’s and his eulogy was perfect. Although he never met our mother, he talked as if he did. We were all so touched. When we were running late from the cemetery, Emily contacted the restaurant to let them know. Every detail was taken care of. The thank you notes depicted mom’s loves in life, sewing, music, singing and collecting buttons. Our mom would be so proud of her celebration. She was a truly remarkable woman and Forastiere made sure that everything was perfect. They have called and checked up on me to make sure I was doing ok. That in itself means the world to me. I would highly recommend them.

Fran L.
October 12, 2021

The staff at Forestiere was very professional and compassionate in the planning stages, during the memorial service and beyond. The faculty was elegant and provided a comforting atmosphere during a difficult time. They accommodated our needs and tailored the celebration of life to honor our loved one. I highly recommend Forestiere to assist you in your memorial and funeral arrangements.

Nancy M.
September 14, 2021

Although this is a long time coming thank you, I would like to express my deep felt appreciation to Justin and Emily who very professionally and compassionately took care of my families needs at a very emotional time. Thankfully my parents had a pre-plan with Forastiere and they immediately took charge when my parents passed within 4 short months of each other. Emily has and continues to reach out to me to offer any assistance and check on my well being. Both Justin and Emily made very painful events at the height of Covid 2020 bearable.

Sincere Thanks

April 22, 2021

Been meaning to respond to the wonderful care an the compassionate feeling that I received from Forastiere Funeral Home during a difficult time in my life. I never felt pressured or obligated to do anything or purchase something special. You ALL have made a very sad situation bearable. Your kindness was so appreciated. My sincere Thank You ...💕

November 16, 2020

A very special thanks to Forastiere Funeral Home for going above and beyond while extending such support with kindness and empathy.

Jackson Family
August 15, 2020

Had my father's funeral at Colonial Forastiere. Their professionalism, timing and understanding of all issues was impeccable. Thank you Emily, Michael and Anthony.

August 10, 2020

Our family is so thankful that we preplanned with Forastiere family members funerals. When our sister suddenly died we only had to turn to Jaclyn Curtis to manage the event. Forastiere has been patient, knowledgeable and generous with their time in this difficult Covid period. A loss in the family is such a shocking experience and Jaclyn and the Forastiere family are there to get us through this.

Jennifer G.
July 25, 2020

Professional and courteous made this trying time much easier to contend with , nice to have people like this to help you through these times of your life
thank you

John C.
July 24, 2020

I first heard of Forastiere from a close friend who highly recommended them. I was not disappointed! My daughters and I were treated with the upmost respect and were given valuable information to help us plan a memorial service to honor my husband and their loving father. The staff is mindful and sensitive when interacting with family members and friends who are grieving for their loved one. I recommend them to anyone who asks! They truly made a difficult time in our lives a bit easier. Thank you all, especially Emily.

Evelyn C.
July 24, 2020

Mike and entire staff were professional, respectful and supportive thru entire process. They reached out post funeral on several occasions to offer grief counseling to the family.

July 13, 2020

Losing the love of your life is devastating. The staff was incredible made me feel right at home and took care of everything. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Carolyn M.
July 6, 2020

In the difficult time of Covid 19 Anthony and the staff at Forastiere were kind, compassionate and went out of their way to make sure my mother was laid to rest with dignity. Thank you.

Kathleen H.
June 29, 2020

The compassion, care and helpful ways of Forastiere Smith Funeral Home brought such a sense of peace. I cannot express my sincere gratitude enough how thoughtfully my parents arrangements were handled. Thank you so much for the support and attention to my family during this difficult time. Above and beyond with love and respect is how Forastiere Smith Funeral Home staff will manage your services. With gratitude and praise I highly recommend them.

G. C.
March 23, 2020

Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation was outstanding in helping my Family after the passing of my Mother. Brian and his team were thoughtful and respectful of our wishes. They made a very emotional situation so much more bearable. They are a caring and genuine group of people who go above and beyond to make sure every detail is covered. I want to personally thank them for all they did, from start to finish. The follow up calls and emails to check in on me and my family were unexpected yet very much appreciated. Thank You very much.

Chris W.
February 24, 2020

The staff at Colonial Forastiere in Agawam were extremely caring and helped my family and me take care of the arrangements for my grandfather's funeral. He passed on Christmas eve, and although it was the busy holiday season, they helped us in every step of the process. He had a pre-planned arrangement he purchased back in the 1990s, which helped a lot, since loosing him was really difficult. His service was beautiful. They also provide follow up by checking in in the following months to see how we're doing and provide grief support. I can't say how great they were to work with, they've gone beyond what I expected.

Lana C.
February 12, 2020

Forastiere funeral did a great job with our sons arrangement. Lauren made us feel like family. She listened to us, I couldn't believe at the service when no one could say anything due to everyone being choked up, she stepped right in and kept the service going. I will never forget how beautiful Gary's service was. Thank you so much Lauren and Staff.

Charlene G
December 4, 2019

Forastiere in East Longmeadow was amazing. My brother was tragically taken from us. They went above and beyond to make our family heard, comfortable and really provide a service that was fitting to my brother’s memory. Lorin and the staff really listened and were available to answer all of our questions. They made our very difficult time a bit easier. Thank you!

5 star service

Tracy GL
December 3, 2019

I had to write something about this business because they absolutely stood out in a tough time. Our mother passed away unexpectedly and this was the first time my brother and I had dealings with a funeral home and they made the process easy to take considering the circumstances. Emily ,Brian,Loren and the whole staff went above and beyond to make my mother's wake special i cannot say enough good things about Colonial Forastiere . Absolutely top notch Thank you again

Aaron M.
September 20, 2019

Professional, warm, concerned. They did everything possible to make this difficult time as good as it could be.

Carolyn P
September 17, 2019

Forastiere provides very professional funeral and cremation services. My family has had the experience of doing business with them twice. Both times the service has been excellent. They are very understanding given the difficult process, and most of all timely by meeting their promises. The prices are also very reasonable and competitive. I highly recommend them.

Aidita M.
September 4, 2019

Both of our parents were viewed here. Forastiere has an amazing staff!!! They are proficient, kind, generous & exceptionally professional!!! We would highly recommend them. Priceless!!!

Zenaida G.
July 29, 2019

They took great care of both my parents in different years in East Longmeadow. Very understanding, patient, and friendly. So happy you were there for us. Thank you!

Marylou M
June 6, 2019

When [...] died I wanted to honor how we had always done things. We had discussed having a simple process when either of us died, showing the love and respect we held for each other during our lives. Forastiere provided this for me. They treated me with respect, demonstrating a caring support for all my decisions.

Maryanne C
April 26, 2019

Excellent staff and accommodations for family. Many options, packages and very open to alternative suggestions. JoAnn Skiba was our associate and she is just down to earth and very sincere. Thanks to all @ Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home in Agawam.

Steve M
October 10, 2018

My husband had cancer for over eight years, so we had plenty of time to talk and plan. Over our 40 years together, we always celebrated and marked occasions very simply. We chose to celebrate with friends and family over good food and with lots of conversation, laughs and sharing. Making good memories. When Jerry died I wanted to honor how we had always done things. We had discussed having a simple process when either of us died, showing the love and respect we held for each other during our lives. Forastiere provided this for me. They treated me with respect, demonstrating a caring support for all my decisions. I felt that not only was I cared for, but that my husband was being cared for with the dignity and respect I wanted. They allowed us to be able to do a simple cremation, get his ashes and then on our own hold a wonderful memorial, celebrating his life as we always had with family and friends. I had my initial meeting with Loren when my husband went into hospice. She provided me with the ability to know what I had hoped for was possible and gave me the information I needed to plan exactly how we wanted things to proceed. When Jerry died and my daughters and I met with Brian we already had all that decided and it was just finishing the final details. Loren and Brian offered us caring, professional support which allowed my daughters and I to go through this very painful experience feeling like someone was looking out for us and ensuring things went smoothly according to the plans we had set out. I would highly recommend this funeral home to anyone. We could not have asked for any more.

Maryanne B. C.
August 29, 2018

I would like to especially thank all of the staff at Forastiere Family Funeral for their professionalism and courtesy during the calling hours for my mother and the funeral services at St. Luke's and Oak Grove.

Michele K.
August 3, 2017

I've been dealing with Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation for years and they've always treated us incredibly well. The entire staff is so respectful and polite.

Henry A.
July 26, 2016
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