Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home is the most recent addition to a 158 year history of funeral service in Rhinebeck. Carroll Furniture and Undertaking was the first business to operate in what is now the Battistoni Real Estate office building. Subsequently, Mr. Henry Cornelious established the Carroll and Cornelious Funeral Service, followed by the Dapson Funeral Home, Inc. The funeral home returned to the site of the Cornelious Funeral service in 1995. Within its current location the funeral home has comfortable chapel space able to accommodate small and large families, seating for more than 100 people, a children's entertainment room, ample off street and on street parking and Merchandise rooms all under the same roof.
The funeral home continues to provide specialized funeral service requests to a majority of families in the greater Rhinebeck area, including, Milan, Red Hook, Tivoli, Clinton Corners and Staatsburg. In addition, the funeral home shares ownership in the Peck & Peck Funeral Homes of Pine Plains and Copake, providing the opportunity to serve families throughout the region.
Planning in advance of need for funeral service has been steadily growing in popularity. Since many parents live long distances away from their children, the popular belief is that it will relieve family members of the difficult decisions to be made. Additionally, the rise in nursing home entrance among older adults and the "spending down" requirements for Medicaid eligibility has resulted in the need to pre-fund funeral arrangements.
Advanced planning arrangements may be made in several different ways depending on the need and comfort level of individuals. The first may include providing all family and vital statistical information for the funeral home file, as well as selecting Merchandise and establishing a fully prepaid funeral trust account. A second option may only include the recording of family, vital statistical information and choices for casket, vault and sundry items; and a third may only include family and vital statistical information.