Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.

If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts or submit a testimonial below. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

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Thank you all for the support and beautiful service during such a difficult time for our family. Your guidance helped my siblings very much during the process. It’s been a few months since our dads service but I just wanted to check in to let you all know how much we appreciate your professional. Most of all thank you for all your compassion and kindness. Our family is very thankful and grateful

Vivian Fuentes

November 01, 2021

Hi Jeremy, Thank you so much. The monument is beautiful. We were all very happy. You do so much important work and I will always appreciate how you worked with me to make this happen during such a stressful time. You are a gem! Carmel Gold

Carmel Gold

September 17, 2021

To Paul, Jillian, & Simpson-Hammerl Staff, The family of John W. Parris would like to thank you for your services. Your support at this difficult time was very much appreciated and of great comfort to all of our family. Everything was so beautifully put together. Thank you kindly. Warmly, The Entire Parris Family

John Parris Jr.

August 13, 2021

Dear Jillian & Paul, Thank you both so much for your patience and compassion in guiding us through this past week. Moms Service was so beautiful and we were so pleased with all of your efforts to make the day a special one for us. We are truly grateful to you. Sincerely, Cathy & Keith

Edith Anderson

June 16, 2021

Dear Paul and Staff, Thank you so much for the care and attention you gave to make sure our graveside ceremony for Benjie reflected our love for him. Everything was perfect and I know it was just the setting he would have wanted.

Lisa, Rosie, Maria, and Judy Whitcomb

May 08, 2021

Dear Paul- I am writing to express my appreciation for the kindness and professionalism shown by you and your staff regarding the funeral arrangements for Linda Kaplan. Jeremy and Barbara were extremely helpful and understanding as it was difficult for me - being so far away - to know what was appropriate in light of this unusual circumstance. I am sorry I could not attend the graveside service - I understand it was quite lovely. Thank you all -

Debbie Rifenbary

May 01, 2021

Paul, I wanted to take a minute and thank you, Jillian, Jeremy and the rest of your staff for a wonderful service for our dad this past week. You delivered a very emotional & honoring service, which was so important to me. You nailed every detail, from the emblem & flags on the vehicle, the honor guard in full dress, and presenting three flags. I have to thank you personally for ensuring & directing the Sgt. of Arms to present me with the flag that was on Dad's coffin. That is the highest honor I have ever received, more than any award or medal in my time of service. Thank you again for a job well done! Sincerely, Dave Charmello

Dave Charmello

January 04, 2021

I would like to thank Paul, his wife, and entire staff for everything they did to make the passing of my father go extremely easy for me. Not only did he handle every detail from the time I phoned him at 1 am, his driving my father to Arlington National Cemetery, and he and his wife staying with me through the entire honor service & burial. Paul went above & beyond what was never even asked of him. I am positive my father is more than satisfied with the services provided; I know I am!

Cathy Schroeter

September 20, 2020

I wanted to personally thank Paul and his team for all their compassionate help with a recent death in the family. I have known Paul for many years and he has helped us through many hard times. The team are warm, caring and knowledgeable, especially with religious customs. My family and I felt personally taken care of and the sympathy was genuine. I have nothing but the highest praises for Paul, Roy, Jillian and the entire staff. Thank You!

Jonathan Delson

July 13, 2020

I would really like to thank Paul and his staff for going above and beyond for us in this difficult time. They answered all my "many" questions and phone calls and never made me feel like it was an imposition. The death of a child is unbearable and they made the burden less difficult and easier. They are wonderful and kind people and they really care about you and your feelings.


May 01, 2020

On the evening of November 6, 2019, my father died unexpectedly in Raleigh, NC. I also live out of state. I contacted Paul Hammerl and he took care of making all the arrangements for my Dad's body to be embalmed and transported back to Kingston, NY. He and his bookkeeper, Sharon, were available over the next six days to help our family and answer any and all questions that we had. Since this was my sister's and my first experience in planning a funeral our questions were numerous. We could not have asked for a more compassionate, kind, and professional staff. Thank you, Paul Hammerl and the staff at Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home. You made a daunting task more comfortable and manageable for us. We will always be grateful!

Diane Morrison

November 17, 2019

Paul and Staff, We would like to share our very heart- warming personal experience we have recently had with the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home. As our family was faced with the inevitable sadness at the loss of our loved one, Michael Welch (brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle), the support from the beginning to the end was above any expectations we could have ever imagined. The compassion and professionalism along with the presentation by the entire staff of Simpson-Gaus was amazing and truly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this journey as smooth and worry-free as you have with such grace and dignity.

The Welch and Polacco Family of Michael Welch

Dear Paul, My thanks to you for your help, sensitivity, and kindness during the most difficult time in my life. With much appreciation for everything,

Helene Crohn

Paul, I can’t thank you enough for the professional services you did for my father. Everything was done with so much dignity and care & professionalism, other funeral homes can’t compare! I had so many compliments from people saying that it was the nicest service they have ever seen. My many thanks to you again. You are truly the best funeral business in the area!

Michael A. Mottsey

Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!! "Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."

Terry Vinning

Dear Paul, Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.

Joanne and I both thank you!

Dear Paul, Thank you and your staff for assisting my family and me throughout the days before and during Jack’s funeral. Your availability, your presence, and your guidance gave us a funeral with which we were comfortable. At this emotional time, we depend on you for the large matters and the details.

Cecelia Macauley

Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.

Cindy and John Belsito

Dear Paul, This note is just to express my appreciation for the way Paul Feingold’s funeral was conducted. You demonstrated concern, understanding, and certainly skill in handling all area. Thank you so much.

Marsha Franklin-Feingold

Paul, I want to thank you and the whole Simpson-Gaus team for flawlessly executing all of the elements of my mom’s funeral service. Your advice and counsel regarding each aspect of the service allowed us to choose what worked best, while adhering to traditions and family wishes. Your attention to detail allowed us to focus on the event, knowing that everything was taken care of. This was a large relief during a very difficult few days. Thank you again for the compassion and professionalism extended during my Mom’s final celebration.

The Carubba family

Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.

Love, Dolores Leonard

Dear Paul and Staff, Many thanks for all of your help and caring during Jack’s services. Obviously, I couldn’t have managed the days without you. I am very appreciative you were great right up to the last day. Thanks again,

Jack Grogan’s family

Dear Paul and Staff, Thank you so very much for all of the thought and care that you put into the funeral for Simon Pulchin , as well as all of the other individuals that are served by your establishment. Thank you for the kindness, compassion, quality, and respectful care you provide.

Tara Dupont


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