Knowing Your Options
In the past few decades, cremation has become much more common, especially in certain parts of the country. Cremation is also similar to traditional services in many ways, making it an attractive option for those who are pondering pre-burial choices.
What Services are Available for Those Choosing Cremation?
Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services offer several options that include:
- A funeral service with cremation. Many people mistakenly believe that cremation must be performed immediately. You may choose a traditional funeral service, ceremony, and viewing, which includes embalming and a ceremonial casket. This is very much like a traditional burial service, with funeral staff working with you or your loved ones.
- Cremation followed by a cemetery service. An individual may wish to have their cremated body buried while loved ones attend a graveside service.
- A memorial service following cremation. Sometimes, a person will choose to have a memorial service following cremation so that a convenient time and location can be picked for loved ones and out-of-town guests.
There are several reasons why a family may choose to have non-public visitation services for their loved one:
- Visits by Special Friends. If the deceased was a member of a particular social group or club, they may be invited to a service prior to a public service, cremation, or burial.
- Religious Ceremonies. Some people prefer that a private religious service is held with just close family and friends.
- Preference of the Family. Some families prefer to keep their mourning private, and instead set up a memorial service to remember the life of the deceased a few weeks or months after their burial.
- Preference of the Deceased. Those who have pre-planned their cremation service may ask that a non-public visitation be held before the public service.
Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services offers many pre-planning services for those who would like to arrange their services and/or cremation, including non-public visitation requests. Call us at any one of our Pittsburgh-area locations today if you have questions about visitation services. Each family receives special consideration for their own unique service.
Making The Right Choice
When you choose cremation for yourself or a loved one, you must decide on the final resting place of the cremated body. Some decide to bury the urn, and some place the urn in a cremation niche within a columbarium. Those who choose to be cremated usually pick out an urn ahead of time, as well as a place for the urn to be displayed.
A niche inurnment means that you place an urn in an above-ground indoor or outdoor wall, in a “niche.” Many niches have a front made of marble, bronze, granite, or glass. Depending on the cemetery, a glass-front niche can not only be clear, but also tinted, frosted, or etched with a picture or design. Here are some tips on how to determine what kind of urn you can choose for a glass-front niche. You should consider:
- The Size of the Niche. Some niches hold more than one urn, which is important for many families. If the niche is large and will hold several urns, you may want to choose urns that complement each other.
- Favorite Hobbies. Choose an urn that everyone will recognize as a reminder of a hobby. Fishing, hunting, music, and gardening are a few popular ones, but there are many more that show just what you enjoy doing.
- Stones and Gems. Semi-precious stones and gems will look beautiful in a glass-front niche. Choose one in your favorite color or colors for a personalized look.
- Glass. Glass urns are delicate and breathtaking. They can be any color—and many of them tie several colors together to form a particular pattern that can be admired from a niche.
- Religious. You or your loved one may have a strong religious faith. You can choose from crosses, stars, praying hands, angels, and other religious symbols.
- Custom. You can design a custom urn that can be engraved or have an image of your loved one placed on it. A favorite prayer or illustration can also be added to your customized urn.
If you are thinking of buying an urn to be placed in a glass niche, either for yourself or your loved ones, take time to find exactly the one that you would like. Beinhauer Funeral Home can help you choose a beautiful, meaningful display urn. Call us today at one of our convenient Pittsburgh locations. We can also offer placement in our glass front niches at our affiliate, Woodruff Memorial Park
Thinking of Adopting a Pet?
When your pet dies, you will likely be filled with grief. After all, a pet is a member of your family, and may have been your faithful companion for many years. In fact, many people grow up with their family pet, and they’ve never known a day without their beloved cat, dog, or other special animal. Therefore, when your pet dies, you won’t want to bring another pet into your home until you truly feel ready. One day, you may want to adopt another pet.
Adopt a Pet or Buy a Pet?
Maybe you’ve always purchased a pet from a breeder or a pet shop, and you’re curious about the difference. When you adopt a pet, you are:
- Taking a homeless pet, a shelter pet, or an abandoned pet, and bringing it into your home. You assume the responsibility and cost of all of your pet’s care. That includes continuing any care or treatment that your pet had previously—and possibly not knowing what this pet has previously been through from a medical, behavioral, and social standpoint.
- Introducing this pet into your family. Before you adopt a pet, you should try to find out if it is very active, if it requires a lot of your attention, if it enjoys being around other pets, and if it enjoys being around children (if you already have kids or plan to have kids in the future). You want to be sure your family and your pet are a great fit and that you’ll all benefit from being together for years.
- Welcoming a new pet into your home. Adopting a new pet following the loss of your pet can help you move past your grief, but you shouldn’t adopt so that you’ll forget about your previous one. Your new pet will expect to be loved for him or herself—and you’ll enjoy taking care of a pet again who loves you just as much.
How to Adopt a Pet
Adopting a pet can be very fulfilling! If you’ve never adopted before, here are some resources that you can use:
- Your local Humane Society
- Your local no-kill shelter
- Online pet adoption forums
- Animal Rescue Shelter
- Animal hospitals
If you’re looking for a particular kind of breed, gender, color, size, or age, be sure to look online at one of the many pet adoption websites that are available.
If you are newly grieving the loss of your pet, Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, Crematory, and Funeral Home in Pittsburgh offers many helpful resources and options for your pet’s burial or cremation. Call them today to make an appointment.