Cremation Interest Among Catholics Increases Every Year

The Interest in Cremation

Many people don’t realize that cremation for Catholics has been permitted since 1963, when a cremation ban was officially lifted for the Catholic faithful. While cremation is different than traditional burial, there are still many aspects of the funeral service remain the same. Such traditions bring comfort to family, friends, and other loved ones.

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Decorating your Glass-Front Niche

Decorating Your Niche

Indoor glass-front niches give you the opportunity to decorate so that everyone can see your devotion to your loved one. These niches are above-ground indoor walls and have an enclosed front that is made of glass. If you choose cremation for either yourself or a loved one, you can have your cremated body placed in an urn and then displayed with decorative elements.

Displaying Elements within a Glass-Front Niche

Here are some common ideas that are used by family and friends of the deceased.

  • Pictures. Pictures are very common decorative items for glass-front niches. Pictures used include those of wedding days, parents, children, grandchildren, other family and friends, and pets. While most of the pictures are color photos, black and white photos are used too, depending of the age of the deceased.
  • Religious articles: Rosaries, crosses, and blessed items may be placed in the niche to honor the deceased’s beliefs.
  • Jewelry. Pins, necklaces, watches, bracelets, rings and hair clasps are often placed in a glass-front niche.
  • Mementos of special places. If your loved one took a trip or vacation that was special for them, you may want to place a small statue or item that reminds you of the trip. For example, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris could be remembered by a small Eiffel Tower representation or a even a stuffed animal.
  • Urn. Of course, the urn is the most important item placed in a glass-front niche. Urns can be designed using different materials, such as marble, glass, granite, ceramic, and metal. They can be decorative, with carvings, hobbies, gems, or religious items added. Many people who place the cremains of loved ones in glass-front niches have custom urns that are designed to be meaningful.

A memorial plate will likely be placed in the niche so that the name of the deceased is known. You should first know the rules that are attached to columbaria in a cemetery or memorial space. Some do not allow articles of any kind and have strict rules about urn designs. Others will offer a list of suggestions that you may use to place items in the niche of your loved one.

If you would like to discuss pre-need or at-need plans for a funeral, burial, or cremation, contact Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes or Woodruff Memorial Park Cemetery today. We can assist you or answer any questions you have about our services. We will come to your home or meet you at one of our funeral homes. Remember, at Beinhauer’s, your loved ones never leave our care.

Adding a Celebrant Service to a Traditional Religious Ceremony

Celebrant Services

Celebrant services have been gaining in popularity in the past few decades. As more and more people acknowledge as being spiritual but having no religious affiliation, these services have been filling a void for many who are looking for a particular kind of service that matches their beliefs. Celebrant services are sometimes called a “celebration of life” and often have no religious service that precedes or follows.

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Local Grief Recovery Program

Westminster Presbyterian Church Grief Recovery Program

Our friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church are hosting a Grief Recovery Program each Thursday through November 12th.

The meetings will begin at 6:45pm and they are located in the Memorial Parlor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.

For more information, please call 412-835-6630 or check out their website:

Remember Your Loved One with a Thumbies Keepsake

Thumbie Keepsakes

A Thumbies keepsake is a beautiful way to use and wear jewelry as a reminder of a loved one who has passed on. It’s also a perfect memento that will keep memories of a friend, parent, spouse or another special person near you.

Jewelry That You Keep Close to You, Always

Thumbies fingerprint charms can be designed in one of the several ways:

Thumbie Keepsakes

  • Materials. Thumbies can be ordered in sterling silver, 14k white gold, noble bronze (which is hypoallergenic), and 14k yellow gold.
  • Shapes. Many of these charms are shaped like an oval to hold a fingerprint. You can also order a heart, double heart (for more than one print), rectangle or double rectangle.
  • Face Designs. Thumbies come in different face designs so that you can customize your jewelry. You have the option of using a full fingerprint that goes from edge to edge, or one with a polished frame around the edges.
  • Attachments. You can customize the way your wear your Thumbie by adding a small stone or two to signify your loved one’s birthstone.
  • Engraving. Charms can be engraved, with several lines of text (usually a name and date of birth and death) written in block or script fonts.
  • Special Options. If you’d prefer a ring that will always be on your finger, Thumbies have bands and signet rings available in different precious metals. There are also several other options, including larger, multi-print charms, earrings, key rings, and charm bracelets.

When a loved one passes away, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes of Pittsburgh can order a variety of memorial products for you, including Thumbies products. Our services include taking prints from your loved one and placing your order. This jewelry is a heartfelt way to stay connected to your loved one for the rest of your life.

Call Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes today for pre-planning needs and questions you may have about funerals, burials, or cremations.

Who Should You Ask to Perform a Eulogy?

Who Should Perform the Eulogy

When a loved one dies, many families ask for either relatives or close friends to perform a eulogy. A eulogy is a speech written in tribute of the deceased. It’s considered to be one of the most important parts of a funeral service because it reminds the guests who the deceased was—what they enjoyed, what they were known for, and what type of person they were. It’s a chance to remember why this person was special to so many people and to reminisce about great memories.

A Eulogy Is a Special Remembrance

Many people are not sure who they should consider to deliver a eulogy at a loved one’s funeral. Here are some tips that should help if you need to find someone who can give a meaningful public remembrance.

Who Will Perform Eulogy

  • A Close Family Member. Many eulogies are given by family members. They are usually heartfelt, and may be filled with some tears, especially if they were very close to the deceased. If a grandparent has passed away, the eulogy is often given by one or more of the grandchildren. The special bond that forms between a grandchild and grandparent makes this a wonderful choice.
  • A Good Friend. If you would like to ask a friend to perform the eulogy, be sure that it’s someone who has known the deceased for a long time. Often, this honor is given to a life-long friend—someone they grew up with—who knows the deceased just like the family does. Friends can impart funny or touching stories while explaining why this person was so special, and give the funeral attendees a glimpse into another area of the deceased’s life.
  • A Colleague. Sometimes, a work colleague is the best choice. If the deceased was known for his job or the position that he held, you could ask someone who has worked with him or her to deliver the eulogy. This is often done for firefighters and police officers—jobs that create a camaraderie and a closeness, forming a strong bond.
  • A Mentoree. If the deceased was a teacher or a mentor in any way, you could choose a student or employee who appreciated the mentoring and help they received from the deceased.

Be sure that the person or people you choose are comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, that they have time to write out a eulogy, and that they can spend some time gathering their thoughts so they know what they want to say. Offer to have them speak with the deceased’s loved ones to hear about stories that can make a eulogy more personal. If you have any questions about what to include in a eulogy, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes can help.

Traveling with the Cremated Body of a Human or Pet

Traveling with Cremated Remains

You may find that you will need to travel with cremains to deliver them to another location to be buried or placed in a columbarium. Families often ask us how that can accomplished. The following three methods are most frequently used to transport the cremated body of a loved one or pet.

By Car

When you travel with a cremated body, you should buy an urn that is unbreakable. Glass, ceramic, or another delicate material are not best suited for transportation. You should pack the urn in a box that is protected with padding, and then box it again in another container. Should the packaging be jostled, you’ll know that it is safe if wrapped properly.

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Helping Families and Friends Honor their Loved Ones Beinhauer’s Increasing Celebrants for Enhancing Personal Touch

Pittsburgh, PA (April 27, 2015) – The decision-making process when a loved one dies can be overwhelming. For family members with no formal religious affiliation, the funeral arrangements and final tribute can be downright daunting.

With decades of experience serving families in need, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes knows this firsthand and is enhancing the level of services offered to families by increasing its certified celebrants. Recently certified are Funeral Directors Scott Beinhauer and Sheila Coquet.

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