History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
In 1993, Charles M. Finegan opened New Mexico Mortuary Service. This was a commercial embalming establishment that specialized in trade work by catering to other funeral homes. After approximately six years of successfully assisting other funeral homes, Charles recognized a need in his community of Albuquerque for more economical funeral choices to be given to families. Riverside Cremations and Burials was opened, and began providing this service. In December of 1997, Charles opened Riverside Funeral Home in Belen, so named due to the vicinity to the Rio Grande. Soon he branched out even further and opened Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, a full-service funeral home that could better provide for area families. In June of 2005 the business in Belen was sold to an out of state funeral director. After funeral costs in Valencia County began rising at an alarming rate, Charles decided to once again serve the residents south of Albuquerque with affordable options by opening Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas. Charles decided to expand even further in Albuquerque to help families with pet services by opening Riverside Personalized Pet Cremation in 2014. In April of 2017 doors opened at Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe in order to fulfill the needs of families in Northern New Mexico. Riverside Funeral Home was open with the hope of being the least expensive funeral home in the state of New Mexico, which is where he came up with our company slogan of “Affordable Dignity.”
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.