Whenever someone from your immediate family dies, you may be surprised by how much emotional support you receive. Even those you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while are likely to send their condolences and offer to help during this difficult time.
Although technology makes it easier than ever to send a quick “thank you” – whether it’s via text, email or instant messaging – to those who donated flowers, food or money in honor of your loved one’s funeral, the importance of a handwritten thank you note shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading
After a loved one dies, it’s common to receive floral arrangements from other family members and close friends as a way to express their sympathy toward your loss.
Funeral flowers are thought of as a meaningful gift that can help the grieving individual begin to move on emotionally.
Following the service, you may realize that you have more flower arrangements and plants than you know what to do with. Instead of simply discarding the flowers in the trash, repurpose them to further honor the memory of the deceased. Continue reading
There’s never a good time to experience the death of a loved one. From funeral planning and execution to arranging a burial place, a lot goes into ensuring that your friend or family member’s life is celebrated appropriately.
But what happens when the death is the unfortunate result of a natural disaster – such as a flood, hurricane, tornado or wildfire – and you’re unable to pay for the funeral because of a loss of assets caused by Mother Nature?
Although a scenario like this is more likely to affect those who live in certain parts of the country, it’s important to realize that some funeral-related costs may be covered through FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Funeral Assistance program, which reimburses funeral costs if the death is attributed to a major disaster. Continue reading
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
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
Over the past year, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services have offered a program which recognizes the tireless dedication and hard work by hospice caregivers, whether they are employees or volunteers, serving hospice patients in a variety of ways. This program is called the Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award.
Each month, one of several caregivers who are nominated by their peers is selected by the Beinhauer Executive Team to receive this special award, consisting of a framed certificate and a Visa gift card. After the first year of this ongoing program had passed by, all the monthly winners were invited for a festive Annual Awards Banquet, and for the drawing of the Grand Prize winner. The Beinhauer Executive Team and several funeral directors joined the winners and their guests for a time of celebration and encouragement at the Capstone Grill in McMurray in early November.
The Grand Prize, consisting of an overnight at the OMNI Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, with two meals and other special perks included, was awarded via a random drawing to Shane Rawlings Mahoney, the September 2016 winner from Paramount Hospice. It was presented to Shane by Rick and Scott Beinhauer, along with Katie Brandt, Community Outreach Director for Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.