Service Options


A Complete Traditional Funeral Service with Visitation and Burial

This is the most commonly selected service that we offer and includes services of the funeral director, administrative staff, and professional staff for coordinating, personalizing, and directing the funeral service. The funeral home takes care of the preparation and filing of legal documents and other paperwork necessary to complete the arrangements. Staff performs the removal from the place of death to the funeral home; embalming and sanitary care of the remains; dressing, casketing, and cosmetizing. Included are the use of facilities for visitation; use of the facilities for the service or set up at a church or other location; automotive equipment; and a graveside service.

        Services Typically Include:
  • A private or public visitation and/or viewing with family and friends gathering
  • Funeral ceremony held at the funeral home, church or another location of your choosing with your loved one present
  • Committal service and disposition of your loved one (earth burial, entombment, or cremation) follows the ceremony
  • Optional reception sharing food and beverage atanother location of your choosing


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Graveside Funeral Service

In this option, many elements of the Traditional Funeral Service are included except the funeral ceremony is held at the graveside instead of at the funeral home or church.  The family has the choice to elect a period of visitation.

        Services Typically Include:
  • Optional visitation and/or viewing with family and friends gathering
  • Ceremony at the site of the burial with the casket or cremation urn followed by disposition (earth burial or entombment)
  • Optional reception sharing food and beverage at location of your choosing

Direct Burial

This option includes no ceremonies or rites. It may take place only after obtaining a signed death certificate from the attending physician along with a signed authorization from the authorized agent of the deceased. Then an agent of the funeral home accompanies the deceased to the cemetery for burial.

Green Burial

Green burial (also called natural burial) is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Its main requirements are that caskets or burial shrouds must be biodegradable, toxic embalming fluids—such as those containing formaldehyde—are prohibited, and burial vaults are not used. In addition, most green cemeteries require grave markers, if used, to be made of local natural materials like local stone or wood.   Approved non-toxic embalming fluids may also be used, especially if family viewing is desired.  There is also an option for a direct burial at a green cemetery using the required green products. 

The closest green cemetery is Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Verona, PA.  More information can be viewed at: http://www.pennforestcemetery.com/

Cremation Funeral Service

This service will be just like the Traditional Funeral Service except cremation will follow 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. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are typically used to hold the cremated remains.

        Services Typically Include:
  • A private or public visitation and/or viewing with family and friends gathering
  • Funeral ceremony held at the funeral home, church or another location of your choosing with your loved one present
  • Cremation
  • Optional reception at location of your choosing

Direct Cremation

This is an immediate and simple form of disposition, and includes no ceremonies or rites. It may take place only after obtaining a signed death certificate from the attending physician along with a signed authorization from the authorized agent of the deceased. In the State of Pennsylvania there is a twenty-four hour waiting period after the time of death before cremation can be performed.

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 can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. According to law, if there is to be a long delay embalming may be encouraged. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred.



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Cremation with Memorial Service

This choice includes the Direct Cremation, but also offers a memorial service or visitation with a memorial service to be held after  the cremation. A memorial service is a formal or informal ceremony for family and friends without  your loved one present. This may take place anywhere, anytime in conjunction with any other service options.

Having some type of service or ceremony is a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

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