Ensuring the Protection of Digital Assets Prior to Your Death

Each time you sign up for an online service, send an email or post a status update to Facebook, your digital footprint is left on the web.  Because most of us use the Internet on a daily basis, there’s literally thousands of pages and portals that house our personal information.

While it may not seem like a big deal now since you can always delete your email inbox or deactivate social media accounts if you fall ill later, consider what would happen to your online profiles if you unexpectedly passed away. Continue reading

Consider a Pet Trust to Ensure the Well-Being of Your Beloved Friend

Until hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese dog, Trouble, following her 2007 death, the idea of a pet trust seemed foreign to most. Why would a millionaire give part of her fortune to a dog while leaving two of her four grandchildren out of the will?

Despite the negative attention that this story garnered more than a decade ago, pet trusts are a practical way for an owner to ensure the safety of his or her special friend – even if the funds don’t amount anywhere close to $12 million. Continue reading


There are many options when paying for a funeral service.  Some families plan to use life insurance as a means to pay the costs of your funeral. At Beinhauer’s, we offer many options by which you can pay for a funeral at the time of death, as well an irrevocable trust for those who would like to pay in advance.  A life insurance policy, may, in some circumstances, be used at the time of a loved one’s death to pay for a funeral. Continue reading


Cremation is a popular choice over a burial in a funeral ceremony in today’s modern society. 70% of people choose cremation today and cost is a primary factor. While a cremation may be more reasonably priced, the urn you choose as your final resting place can vary wildly in price, according to material and style. The amount of money spent on the cremation urn is completely up to the consumer. Continue reading

The Why and How of Preplanning

Pre-planning a funeral can be an anxiety provoking task – something not many of us want to think about. Yet, a little bit of discussion and planning will help ease the tension following the death of a loved one. Preplanned funeral services, offered by the professionals at Beinhauer Funeral Home, will help you to have a strategy in an uncertain future. Continue reading

Choosing Readings For a Funeral

When a loved one dies, family or a close friend will often help arrange the funeral or memorial service. Having a preplanned funeral service at Beinhauer Funeral Home will help to ease the decision making process, with preparations being done in advance.  However, those who know the deceased the best often prefer to select reading for the services, even if a service has been planned in advance. Readings help survivors cope with the reality of their grief, putting into words what they otherwise cannot. Continue reading

How to Handle A Death Away From Home

Dealing with a loved one’s untimely death can be a challenging experience. What happens when the death occurs in a faraway place, with or without you? How can this be handled while dealing with the questions that come with this uncertain time? Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes will help you each step of the way.  Here are a few important things to know about a death which occurs away from home: Continue reading

Security Concerns After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one or a close friend is a trying time. Coming home from a funeral and finding your house ransacked and robbed, or discovering that an identity thief has stolen your deceased loved one’s information is extremely upsetting. Beinhauer Funeral Home would like to offer a few tips to prevent any security challenges from occurring during the time of a loved one’s death. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Death Certificates in Pittsburgh

After a loved one dies, there are a million things to do. One of these essential tasks that must be included on the list is completion of the death certificate.  This legal document is issued by the state in which a death has occurred.  Certified death certificates are often needed by family members when probating the estate, closing accounts and liquidating property of the deceased.  Preplanning a funeral through Beinhauer will help make this process easier for your family.  At the time of death, we will help by completing the death certificate and submitting it to the appropriate state agents.  The following is a brief overview of the death certificate process. Continue reading