Estate Planning and Cremation

Estate Planning and Cremation

Pre-planning for your funeral and cremation service is a helpful tool that can allow you and your family peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be fulfilled at the time of death. It is an important part of your estate planning process. Often, when your family members are grieving, they find comfort in using your guidelines in commemorating your life and legacy.

Create a Will 
A person’s estate is the sum of their assets. A will is a legal document that will direct your personal preferences and the distribution of your estate after your death. Most every individual can benefit their family by having a will in place that gives positive direction to those left behind.

Create a Trust
Another option to consider is a trust. For some people, this will make the distribution of assists simpler and more timely than going through probate. A trusted attorney should be consulted to help you establish a trust that fulfills your expectations. Funeral and/ or cremation arrangements may be funded in advance, while planning for all aspects of your estate. Continue reading

Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery Article Featured In Community Magazine

“Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Home – We treat your pets like family.

Losing a family pet can be as traumatic an experience as losing any human loved one – sometimes more so for children. As a Beinhauer Company, we understand the impact of that loss, and have been offering compassionate care for pet funerals, burials and cremations to our clients for more than 15 years.
Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, located next to Woodruff Memorial Park, allows pets to be next to their human families in two adjacent cemeteries. While you may have known that Beinhauer provides pet burial and cremation services, you may not have known about Beinhauer’s commitment to our animal friends. Peaceful Pastures provides free burial for all service animals, including seeing eye dogs, canine police officers, along with police horse patrol.
Many of the same arrangements available to humans are available for pets, including pickup service for the deceased, funeral planning and viewing services complete with casket, memorial markers, and online memorial pages and guest books for friends and relatives. Continue reading

Eulogoy Article Featured In Community Magazine

“When Kevin Costner delivered the eulogy for Whitney Houston, it was a moment that was so touching, it went viral on internet video sites. But how many funerals have you been to where there was no eulogy? Would you know what to say if you were asked to deliver a eulogy? In 2013, many young people have never heard or read a eulogy, or think that it’s only something done for celebrities or dignitaries. But the fact is, the most celebrated and dignified should be members of your own family, and a meaningful eulogy can not only help loved ones grieve, but elevate their spirits as well. Continue reading

Funeral Etiquette

For the most part, people are uncomfortable at funerals.  It’s sad to lose a loved one or friend, and there is nothing you can say to ever make the situation better.  You just have to listen and do what feels right for yourself and those around you.  There are, however a few tips to remember when attending a funeral service.  The following should help you feel more comfortable the next time you go to the funeral home. Continue reading

What Is A “Selected Independent Funeral Home?”

You may have noticed that our funeral homes bear the logo of a “ Selected Independent Funeral Home “  Our membership with this worldwide network provides access to quality companies like ours for assistance when a loved one dies out of town.

Many independent funeral providers make up this professional International organization that joins together family owned funeral homes who share the similar interest of serving families with unsurpassed care.  In the Pittsburgh area, Beinhauer’s has been chosen to represent Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Continue reading

What Happens At A Funeral

After a death occurs, many families choose to have a visitation and funeral or memorial service. These services can be religion based or handled through our in house Certified Funeral Celebrant.

A funeral service occurs when a person’s body is present at the ceremony.  When their body is not present, the service is considered to be a memorial service.  Sometimes a photo or urn is used as the focal point at a memorial service in place of the human body. Continue reading

How To Give A Memorial Gift

In my career as a funeral director, I have experienced many unique questions and conundrums.  However, I was most surprised to find out how much worry and stress a memorial gift can illicit.  I even had a woman call the funeral home in the middle of the night to ask how much money to put into a mass card.

The thing that must be stressed with regard to a memorial gift or contribution is that the intention behind the gesture is what matters most, and your presence in the days, weeks, months, and years are what truly help a family move through their grief journey.

That said, if you still wish to send something, here are some ideas and guidelines. Continue reading

Why Is A Funeral Ceremony Important?

Throughout history, humans have used ceremony to mark special achievements and losses in their lives.  Even though the exact traditions can vary due to location, religious and cultural differences, all peoples have felt the need to come together to reflect upon these life milestones.

Though most of these events are happy occasions, one very different and unique life changing experience is the death of a loved one.  Most psychologists and sociologist agree that there is a deep seeded psychological need for people to come together when a member of their family or community has died.  Not only do they need to express their grief with a public display of sadness, but they also need to have the opportunity to console those around them. Continue reading

The Great Unknown

Almost everyone knows the feeling.  You’re about to walk into the funeral home for the visitation of a loved one or friend and you’re terrified.  You consider every possible excuse to explain why you aren’t able to stay and develop elaborate strategies to execute the quickest possible exit.  Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but sadly, not very much.   Few people are eager to face the great unknown that is the funeral home experience. Continue reading