Thinking About Cremation Jewelry?
Keep a loved one close to your heart by creating and wearing cremation jewelry. This specially-crafted jewelry can be worn as a necklace, ring, locket, bracelet, and brooch. Cremation jewelry is a unique way of remembering a good friend or loved one. Sometimes called memorial jewelry, this kind of special tribute can be worn by you or can be placed in your home and used as a keepsake.
Pre-paying for Your Funeral Services
Pre-paying for a funeral can be burdensome for a spouse, child, or other family member.
Traditional funerals, which include services like the preparation of the body, having a funeral service, and then a burial in a cemetery or internment in a mausoleum (or, in some cases, a cremation), costs about $7,000—or possibly more, depending on if you also choose a headstone.
That’s a very high cost for what may be an unexpected and very upsetting event, and it’s why so many people decide to begin pre-paying on their own funeral. Some even start paying decades before they think they need it, so that they know they can afford it.
Why Pre-Pay for Your Funeral?
People often start to think about pre-paying before they retire, when they’re more likely to have the money that can be used for prepayment—and it’s one less thing to worry about when they are in retirement. The advantages of pre-paying for a funeral include:
- Easing the financial burden through pre-payment options that are made over time. Some people put down a large sum and then continue to make smaller payments over a set amount of months or years. This is similar to how people afford a car payment, and it allows someone to choose items—like caskets and headstones—ahead of time.
- Easing the financial burden through a trust pre-payment option. If you have a funeral trust contract, you can make arrangements for the future when you fund the contract. You can use a trust to choose every part of your funeral ahead of time, knowing that it will all be taken care of by the funeral home when needed.
- Easing the financial burden through an insurance policy. Some people buy life insurance policies that are meant specifically for funeral expenses when they die. The policy can be assigned using the funeral home as the beneficiary, and the visitation, cremation, or burial can be pre-planned.
The benefits of a prepaid funeral aren’t only financial. Prepaying means that you can also decide on your arrangements the way that would wish them to be. Many people now plan their burial or cremation, including the visitation, services, memorial or wake, and they also decide on prayers and readings—some even write their own obituary and give it to the funeral home director to keep on file for when it’s needed.
If you have questions about funeral pre-payment plans, call Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes today at one of our convenient Pittsburgh locations.
Curious about a Ceremonial Casket?
When people choose cremation as an end-of-life option as opposed to a traditional burial, they often still choose to have a visitation, service, or funeral prior to the cremation. However, that means that they don’t require the use of a purchased casket that will be used in a burial. Most funeral homes offer what is called a ceremonial casket for these families.
Benefits of a Ceremonial Casket
Families like having the option of a ceremonial casket because:
- It is rented to families who wish to have a visitation and or service prior to cremation.
- It has a replaceable interior liner that is removed after every visitation.
- It may also contain a cremation container.
How a Ceremonial Casket Is Used
These caskets are use by those who wish to have their loved one laid out just as you would during a traditional funeral that is followed by a burial. It can be used repeatedly because it contains a replaceable liner that is inserted and used for the deceased. The liner, as well as a cardboard cremation container, will then be used in a cremation.
Kinds of Caskets
- Traditional Caskets: These caskets are used in a traditional visitation, service, and ground burial. They can be made of hardward or other types of materials. You can choose both the material and the color.
- Ceremonial Caskets: These are used only for those who are going to be cremated, and they are rented instead of purchased. They are beautiful, high-end caskets that are made of solid hardwood and have an interior made of velvet or crepe, with a pillow and embossed handles. You can choose a wood like cherry, walnut, oak, ash, mahogany, poplar, or maple.
Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services has many years of experience in cremation services and has the second-oldest operating crematory in the country. We can answer all of your questions about cremation, including those about holding services with a ceremonial casket. Call or contact us today at one of our five Pittsburgh locations.