Welcome to Walter J Kent Funeral Home

Updated April 3, 2020


As you know, we are experiencing unprecedented times in our nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives in ways we could never imagine. Needless to say, it has affected the way we conduct our business.

First, we are closely monitoring and following the guidelines from the CDC, National Funeral Directors Association, the NYS Funeral Directors Association as well as state and local emergency protocols.

We have set in place new measures to help protect and accommodate all guests who enter our facilities to ensure the safety and comfort while honoring their loved ones.

Governor Cuomo has placed the following restrictions on funerals and gatherings in New York State. Private family viewings and funerals can take place, at the funeral home only, and cemetery services with as few immediate family members as possible.

The federal government has restricted gatherings to no more than 10 people. For us, this means no more than 10 people including funeral home personnel (which we will limit, to the best of our ability), clergy and mourners.

New York State has expanded the “New York on Pause” quarantine until April 29th,   and the federal government until April 30th.

In light of the above restrictions, online condolences may be left on our websites

We will be limiting our contact, for our safety and the safety of  those we serve, to telephone conferences and limited in person meetings (to acquire signatures and finalize service arrangements)

We have placed reminders throughout our facilities to ask guests to limit physical contact as much as possible (hand shaking, hugging, etc.) and are providing hand sanitizer

We are taking extra precautions to sanitize public areas of our facilities.


Two generations, Serving our community.

It is our promise to provide service, support, and comfort to those in need. Please use our website as a means of finding information and resources to make informed decisions and connect with our licensed directors.

Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is locally owned and family operated in Elmira, NY. Opened in 2003, our funeral home was the completion of the founder's life long dream to serve families of his community under his own roof.
As of March 2014, we now operate as a father & son funeral service.

We proudly serve all faiths and offer professional, personalized service to those who have endured a loss as well as those seeking to plan ahead for the future. Our website serves to provide information for those in need as well as a place to leave condolences and memories for friends and loved ones.
​Take time to learn about our family owned funeral home and the services we offer our community.

We are honored to continue serving Elmira and surrounding communities as a second generation family profession.