Prepaid Funeral Services and the Decision-Making Process

Are You Making the Right Decisions?

Choosing to pre-pay for your funeral means that you will be in full control of your end-of-like decisions, including your visitation, service, and burial or cremation. There are a lot of options to contemplate, and Beinhauer Funeral Home can lead you through them and offer suggestions.

Decision Making

How to Pay
A pre-paid service offers you the chance to pick everything that you prefer. You can have a service with a visitation and traditional burial, or you can choose cremation and a memorial service—or any combination. People choose to pre-pay in different ways:

  • Lump Sum. You can purchase everything ahead of time using a lump sum payment, or you can put down a deposit and then make regular payments until you have paid everything off.
  • Insurance. If you have a funeral or death benefit on your insurance policy, you can either let a loved one handle the financial arrangements by making them the beneficiary, or you can make a particular funeral home the beneficiary.
  • Trust. Some people have a contract with a funeral home that they use to pay for future funeral expenses. These trusts will be cashed out and used to purchase all services once they are needed.

Consider Your Options
Most people will meet with a funeral home director to decide on what they would like to purchase or set up in advance. The choices include:

  • Caskets: Caskets can be an expensive part of the funeral—if you purchase one, it can sometimes cost nearly 50 percent of the entire funeral expense. You should choose a casket for yourself carefully. They come in metal, usually a steel alloy, and wood, and also other man-made materials, such as fiberglass. If you would like a special metal, you can also purchase copper, bronze, or stainless steel.
  • Visitation. Consider the kind of visitation you would prefer. Some people have visitation hours that last several days, followed by a funeral. Some have a shorter, one-day visitation.
  • Service. If you would like to have a service, be sure to let the funeral home know where it should be held. If some cases, people also ask that a particular clergy member perform the service.
  • Burial. If you haven’t put thought to where you may like to be buried, you may have to decide when discussing pre-payment options. Some people prefer to be buried in the same plot as family members. Others decide to purchase a new spot, and still others prefer that their remains be placed in a mausoleum in a particular cemetery.
  • Cremation. Cremation is becoming increasing popular among the United States’ population. It is environmentally friendly and is an accepted practice of most major religions. You will also have the choice to pick an urn to hold remains.

If you would like to discuss pre-payment choices with a funeral director at Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes, please contact us at one of our several Pittsburgh locations. You are welcome to come to the funeral home, or we are happy to meet you in your home.

When Your Beloved Pet Dies

Have You Lost a Beloved Family Pet?

Perhaps your pet has become sick, or is starting to grow older. You may be thinking about end-of-life choices for your dog, cat, or other pet. Many pet owners turn to pet cemeteries and the accompanying funeral home staff for help when they prepare for when their pet eventually walks across the Rainbow Bridge.

Plan Ahead Services
You can plan your pet’s services ahead of time so that you can:

Pet Cremation

  • Plan details for your pet’s burial or cremation. This can include a short visitation and a gravesite committal service.
  • Decide on a cemetery location, such as Peaceful Pastures
  • Choose a pet memorial, marker, or stone
  • Prepare a pet tribute or obituary

You can also pre-pay for your pet’s services so that you can fully concentrate on saying goodbye to your pet when the time comes.

Home Removals
When your pet passes away, it can be traumatic. Peaceful Pastures understands that, and we want to help you by providing compassionate care. We can come to your house and bring your pet to our funeral home to prepare them for burial or cremation. We can also pick up your pet from your vet’s office, if need be.

When we perform a home removal, we will transport your pet from your house after you have taken time to say goodbye for a final time. We will then bring your pet to our funeral home and prepare them for either a burial or a cremation. If you have pre-planned your pet’s service, we will follow your instructions so that you can grieve without worrying about decisions at this time. If you haven’t pre-planned, we can sit down with you and talk you through your choices.

Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Home is a Beinhauer Company located in the south of Pittsburgh in a bucolic setting, with acres of green grass, that makes your pet’s final resting place a peaceful location to visit. Call us today to pre-plan your pet’s services or for home removal.

Creating a Pet Obituary for Your Beloved Pet

Need a Pet Obituary

When you pet passes away, you will probably feel the need to grieve, just as you would for a person who you were very close to. Many funeral homes that have pet services attached, such as a crematorium and cemetery, will run pet obituaries online for you.

Crafting a Pet Obituary

  • Tell a Story. How did you get your pet? Was he found walking around your neighborhood, and you took him in, waiting to hear from the owner . . . and you never did? Did you adopt her from the Humane Society? Or maybe she was in the window of the local pet store, and she became your dog even before you bought her? The story of how you got your pet is near and dear to your heart, so write about it. It’s a way of working through your grief while paying tribute to such a wonderful part of your family. When you’re finished with the story, you’ll feel better—and yes, you will probably shed some tears—but it’s the perfect way to tell the world how much you loved your friend.
  • Talk About Their Favorite Activities. Now, talk about what your pet loved to do. Maybe she loved chasing the laser pointer, or all he wanted to do was jump in the pool and swim with the family. If they were known for obeying their masters every time, you should mention their extraordinary behavior. If they accompanied you on hikes or just enjoyed sitting with you by the fire, talk about it.
  • Mention What They Looked Like. Did your rabbit have a beautiful black-and-white coat of fur? Did your cat have bright blue eyes that would peer out at you from your bed? Talk about what they looked like and what their distinguishing characteristics were.
  • Describe Their Personality. Just like people, every pet has their own personality. Some are sweet, some standoffish—but you loved everything about them. If your dog loved snuggling up to you during a thunderstorm, or would howl along while you sang “Happy Birthday,” a pet obituary is the place to remember that.
  • Thank Them. They were your loyal companion—maybe for a few years, maybe for many. Regardless of the amount of time that they spent with you, you should thank them for their love, their companionship, and their friendship. They helped to make your family what it is today and that should be recognized.

Celebrate your pet’s life with a pet tribute at a place like Peaceful Pastures, Beinhauer’s pet cemetery, crematory, and funeral home. Call us today to discuss a pet obituary and other pet services.