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Cremation Services

In recent decades, cremation has grown in popularity. In fact, according to the NFDA, the rate of cremation has already surpassed burial and will continue to do so. Due to this growing popularity, our funeral home is proud to offer cremation services in Pittsburgh, PA.

With cremation you have all the choices you have with traditional burial. Our fees for cremation services are determined by the needs of the family and their choice of options. In general, cremation services are relatively inexpensive and affordable to all.

 

 

 

What is Cremation?

Cremation is when the deceased’s body is placed in a cremation container and then incinerated, leaving ashes behind. Families then receive their loved one’s ashes and can choose to bury, scatter, or keep them. Typically, the ashes are held in a container such as an urn. 

Why Choose Cremation?

There are several reasons why you may choose a cremation service. Some reasons include religious or personal beliefs, desire to be more environmentally friendly, and the cost. Although cremations services typically cost less than burial services, that shouldn’t be a sole deciding factor. You should choose whatever funeral service type is right for you and your loved ones.

 

A memorial service is similar to a funeral service and celebration of life ceremony, but serves a slightly different purpose. It doesn’t include a visitation and is held after the funeral, often on significant days such as: 

 

  • A loved one’s birthday 
  • The anniversary of a loved one’s passing 
  • Holidays such as Valentine’s Day 

You can hold your memorial service in a funeral home, church, or significant location such as their gravesite, memorial location, or one of their favorite places. 


You can use the memorial service as a time to share more memories of your loved one and to gather with friends and family. Use it as a time to reflect on your loss and to connect with those you love. Just because you already had a funeral or celebration of life service, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to gather to honor their life. Memorial services can be held at any point in your grief journey and often take place well after the deceased is buried or cremated.

 

 

Cremation Service Types

Not only can you have a visitation and funeral service with cremation, we strongly encourage you to do so. Every life deserves to be remembered, and a service gives family and friends the opportunity to honor their loved one’s life and begin their grief journey. 

Cremation services can take place before or after the cremation, and you also can choose to hold a visitation before the cremation occurs. 

There are several cremation service types you can choose from, including: 

  • Service with a visitation before the cremation takes place. The deceased’s body will be embalmed and prepared for viewing. Guests will get to view the body and have a funeral service, and the body will be cremated afterwards.
  • Direct cremation. With this option, the deceased’s body is cremated immediately after the death without a viewing first.
  • Cremation with a service. The deceased is cremated right away and then a funeral service is held after. 
  • Cremation with a graveside service. The deceased is cremated right away and then a funeral service is held at their gravesite afterwards.
  • Cremation with a celebration of life service. Like the other options, the deceased is cremated right away. Celebration of life services typically take place after the funeral and are more personalized than a traditional funeral. They also can take place outside of the funeral home.

 

Cremation Service Personalization Types

Depending on your desired final disposition, there are several ways to personalize cremation services, including: 

 

  • Having a graveside service before the burial of your loved one’s cremated remains. This way family and friends can pay their final respects. It’s a time to reflect on the deceased’s life. 
  • Holding a service for scattering your loved one’s ashes in a memorial garden or another meaningful location. Which places were special to your loved one? Where did they visit often? These might be good locations to scatter their ashes. 
  • Placing the cremated remains in multiple urns so everyone can have their loved one’s final resting place close to them. This way each individual can choose whether they want to keep the ashes or scatter them somewhere special.

A Visitation or Gathering

You may have a formal or informal gathering to receive friends at the funeral home or another location. This gives everyone an opportunity to share their concern without disturbing the privacy of the family at home.

 

A Funeral or Memorial Service

Before or after cremation, a service can be held to honor the person who has died [held in the funeral home or other facility]. Favorite musical selections and special speakers are an important choice in planning.

 

Burial Placement

In a mausoleum, burial site, or scattering location are also options along with keeping the ashes at home.

 

Direct/Immediate Cremation Options

The term "direct cremation" refers to a cremation without those services in which the body will be present. It is common for a Memorial Service or Celebration of Life to take place independently of the cremation itself. The urn may or may not be present for such services.)


Our Cremation Services & Fees

Traditional Funeral Packages with Cremation

The term "Traditional Funeral Service", when referring to a cremation, mean those services in which the body will be present, just as though there was to be a casket burial. There are many different variations; the deceased may be present in a ceremonial casket for a visitation and a funeral service, followed by the cremation. If the urn is to be buried a graveside service may be scheduled at a later date.

If you choose cremation, we strongly recommend that you hold a memorial service to help you and your loved ones in the healing process.

The fees include professional services, attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of newspaper notices if desired and handling of floral tributes if any.

The service packages listed below reflect what most of our client families select. The fees for most of the items included have been discounted below what is listed in our General Price List.

Cash Advance are not included oin our fees.  The cash advances that most often occur may include the Medical Examiner fee ($50.00) , the crematory fee ($250.00), cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ($20.00 each).

Other memorial remembrance items may or may not be included depending on the service plan selected. Such items may include a DVD Memorial Tribute, prayer cards, a register book, personalized bookmarks, candles, jewelry, or a crucifix.

Please feel free to call or visit if you would like a personal conversation to help you with your decisions. 

 

traditional funeral service

embalming, public viewing, rental casket,  cremation       $3,995.00



This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20 mile radius, embalming, ceremonial casket for use at the visitation, dressing and casketing, the use of facilities and staff for up to a one or two day visitation, funeral ceremony or services in our funeral home or another facility, hearse for service if necessary, lead vehicle if necessary, a committal service if desired.  

Also included are a visitor’s register book, prayer cards (80), thank you cards (50), a Memorial Tribute DVD, a memorial candle or a crucifix for inside the casket, attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

Not included in our fees are any/or all cash advances such as the Medical Examiner fee Allegheny County ($50), crematory fee ($250), cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ($20). Veterans may receive free death certificates.

 

private viewing for family only, a rental casket, a committal service at the funeral home, cremation                       $1,495.00


 

This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff.  There is no embalming with this service package.  If embalming is required, a seperate fee will exist.  Also included are the transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20 mile radius, ceremonial casket for use at the visitation, dressing and casketing, the use of facilities and staff for 30 minutes of visitation, with a committal service in our funeral home if desired, a visitor’s register book, prayer cards (80), thank you cards (50), attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

Cash advances are not included in our fees.  Those most selected are the Medical Examiner fee Allegheny County ($50), crematory fee ($250), cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ($20). Veterans may receive certified copies may be at no cost.  

 

 


Direct/Immediate Cremation Packages

The term "direct cremation" refers to a cremation without those services in which the body will be present. It is common for a Memorial or Celebration of Life Service to take place independently of the cremation itself. The urn may or may not be present for such services.

 

 

 

Visitation with Urn Present and a Memorial Service at $1,495



This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20-mile radius, the use of facilities and staff for one day of visitation, with a funeral ceremony or commital service in our funeral home if desired. Also included are an urn, a visitor’s register book, prayer cards (80), thank you cards (50). Attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

Cash advances are not included in our fees. Those most selected include any/or all cash advances such as the Medical Examiner fee (Allegheny County $50), the crematory fee ($250), cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ($20 each). Veterans may receive certified copies at no cost. 

 

 

 

Direct Cremation / Immediate Cremation at $695.00



This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20-mile radius, the use of the preparation room for up to 24 hours, attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, and preparation of obituaries. The cremation remains are returned in a courtesy urn if desired.  

Cash advances are not included in our fee. Those most selected are the Medical Examiner fee Allegheny County ($50), the crematory fee ($250), cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates $20 each, personalized memorial items such as a Memorial Tribute DVD, or a Memorial candle.

There is no embalming included in this service package.  If embalming is required a seperate fee will exist.  If for any reason, the cremation process can not be started in 24 hours, either refrigeration will be necessary ($100 per day) or embalming completed. Both at family expense.

 

 

 

Green Cremation Plan at $1950*



The Cremation Plan includes cremation, Graveside service; services of the funeral director, transportation, one certified death certificate and a biodegradable urn.

*Does not include visitation or cemetery fees.

 

The fees for Cremation are displayed in our General Price List


Ready to Plan a Cremation Service?

With our array of personalized options, there is an option for every family’s wants and needs. Our staff is confident we can help you plan a cremation service that truly pays tribute to your loved one.

 

Visit our funeral home or contact us for more cremation information.

 

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