When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honor your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.
A traditional service, as selected by most families in our area, consists of a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this, typically will be a service held at the funeral home or church. This would be followed by earth burial or entombment in an above ground mausoleum.
Caskets selected may cost from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars depending of the material the casket is constructed of. Most cemeteries require an outer burial container or vault. These containers are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. Most families choose a sealed vault for this purpose. These vaults are constructed of concrete and designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only resist the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault. Minimum concrete containers are also available to meet minimum requirements of the cemetery but provide no protective (sealing) properties.
A graveside service can be another option. This many times would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony could take place followed by the burial. A graveside service may also be held at a mausoleum.
A complete traditional funeral can be held followed by cremation. This service will be just like a traditional funeral service except cremation will follow the service and/or visitation instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or a rental casket can be used. Following the visitation, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried or inurned in a mausoleum, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. A wide variety of urns are available. Urns may be constructed of, semi-precious metals or even plastic. We even have urns that are designed for scattering, sundial or bird bath urns and wall mounted fountain urns. All urns may be personalized as desired. Feel free to stop in and look at all the urns and options available to you.
An immediate cremation can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the funeral home, church or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing cannot be done within 24 hours then embalming would be required by PA Law. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery to a loss due to a death.