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cremation in Hazelton, PA

Writing an Obituary 

Whether you’re celebrating your loved one’s life with a burial or a cremation in Hazelton, PA, you most likely need to write an obituary. Obituaries are traditionally a lovely way to let family and friends publically celebrate the life of the deceased.   

Learn more about the different aspects of an obituary so you can be better prepared to write one for your lost loved one.  

  • Announcement of Death – Obituaries usually start with basic information such as the name, age, and place of residence of the deceased. This is followed by the death announcement, including the time and place of death. Most people choose to use a softer word or term that “death,” such as “passed away”, “died”, “went to be with the Lord” etc. Many people are unsure whether or not to list the cause of death in the obituary. At the end of the day, the cause of death is only the family’s business, and does not need to be shared unless the immediate family chooses. However, if the death was sudden and unexpected, listing the cause of death in the public obituary might field questions and repetitions at the funeral.  
  • Biographical Sketch – The key word in this portion is “sketch.” Many people are tempted to write a full account of the deceased’s life. While some people may find that interesting or helpful, the obituary is only meant to detail the most important aspects of his life. Some key pieces to include are the date and place of birth, parent’s names including mother’s maiden name, date and place of marriage, birth name of spouse, education, work, and military service. Feel free to list events chronologically, or to take a more creative approach. Don’t forget to mention specific important relationships and the effect the deceased had on people’s lives. For example, did he have a great sense of humor? Did he always make time for the kids? Was he an exceptional host, golfer, singer?  
  • Family – As the saying goes, the funeral is for the living. The same can be said for the obituary, so a key element is listing the surviving family members and loved ones. Take care to not forget anyone, but don’t feel the need to list every single member of the extended family. 
  • Service Times – While tradition varies on this element, most obituaries include funeral information so people can attend if they choose. List the essentials: time, full date and place of service along with the name of the officiate; time, full date and place of burial or interment if applicable; and finally, time, full date and place of visitation.  
  • Special Messages – Most people choose to include a special thank you or message at the end. This may also include a prayer or poem. 
  • Photos – Include a photo. While this adds to the cost, it is a lovely way to remind people of their connected to the deceased.  

If you have more obituary questions, or want to learn more about Hazelton, PA cremations, contact Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. by visiting 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641, or calling (844) 427-3672.  

cremation in Altoona, PA

Planning Cremation Services

Contrary to popular belief, choosing a cremation in Altoona, PA actually makes it easier for you to plan and execute a unique, meaningful and respectful memorial or service. In fact, cremations make it simple to make sure the deceased’s service special.   

Memorial services are for both the living and the dead, as they help honor the deceased while providing a healthy and constructive place for the living to grieve. An ideal service helps you and your loved ones mourn the loss while bringing together those that cared for the deceased to everyone can pay tribute.   

There are a few keys steps to keep in mind when planning a memorial after a cremation: 

  • Date and Time  – One nice thing about cremation services as opposed to burials and funerals is that you don’t have a deadline or specific timeline. With a burial, you need to have the funeral service within a few days of death because of decomposition. With a cremation service, however, you have as much time as you want since the body is already broken down. You can easily plan memorial services at later dates to allow people to come from out of town, or to have it be on an important or meaningful day.  
  • Creativity – Once you’ve chosen a day, you can start planning the specifics. There are practically zero restrictions on what services should or need to be, so feel free to get creative. Think about the deceased and what he liked, stood for, or is most remembered for and expand on that. Have a theme party, make video tributes, scatter ashes in a ceremony, or even do things the deceased liked to do. For example, if the deceased loved golf, have a golf themed cremation service. You can order a golf ball urn for the ashes, and have guests take turns at a driving range. If the deceased really loved one specific park, hold the service in the park and scatter his ashes there (with a proper permit.) 
  • Ask for Help – While planning memorial services can be bittersweet or even exciting, they also happen during a time of loss and can bring up stressful feelings. You might need help with the planning, and that’s OK. Ask for help from other family members or loved ones, or hire professionals. Find a funeral home nearby that has experience with memorial services to help you plan your event with compassion and attention.   

If you’re going through a recent loss and need help planning for a memorial service, Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. can help. We have years of Altoona, PA cremation experience, and would be happy to use our knowledge to make your loved one’s memorial and cremation as respectful, special and memorable as can be. Please visit us at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641 or give us a call at (844) 427-3672 to learn more about what we can do for you and your family in your time of loss.  

cremation in State College, PA

Common Cremation Laws

Though cremation in State College, PA and beyond is very popular, most people aren’t aware of the laws surrounding the practice. Though cremation laws can vary from state to state, there are several basic ideas and rules that apply to almost every location. Read on to learn more about these laws so you can be better prepared to make any cremation decisions around your eventual death, or the loss of a loved one.  

  • Authorization – In most states the next-of-kin, or “authorizing agent,” can authorize cremation. The authorizing agent must complete, sign and submit an authorization form before the cremation can take place.  
  • Permits – You are required by law to have a cremation permit. Once the death certificate is completed and the cremation authorization is filed, the county will issue a cremation permit. Cremation permits cost anywhere from $10 to $40 depending on the county.  
  • Cremation Provider Licenses – All cremation providers are licensed and certified, as there are specific rules and regulations in place to protect consumers and ensure safe handling of the deceased.  
  • Casket Requirements – Caskets are not required by law for cremations, but most states have laws stating that a rigid container must be provided for the cremation. These containers only have to be combustible and strong enough to support a body when being placed into the cremation chamber.  
  • Cremation Viewing – Families viewing the cremation is not regulated by law, and therefore varies from crematory to crematory. Confirm with your chosen provider as its not guarantees.  
  • Remain Handling – Laws about what you can and cannot do with cremated remain can vary greatly from state to state. However, most have similar general ideas like:  
    • Cannot commingle cremated remains unless by deceased’s request 
    • Only scatter with appropriate authorization 
  • Cremation Costs – Crematories are obligated to provide clear and concise descriptions of all services included each cremation price, as people who gave recently suffered a loss might be more susceptible to bad business practices. Cremations cost will be depending on the service and merchandise.  
  • Body Transportation From State to State – If the body is transported over a period of 24 hours or more after the death, embalming may be required. There are airline funeral shipping businesses that also have specific regulations and rules such as the purchase and use of a designated aircraft mortuary-shipping container.  
  • Cremation Consumer Protections – There are lots of laws protecting cremation consumers, from laws prohibiting crematories and funeral homes making false statements about body guarantees or cremation merchandise purchasing. If you want more information, check with your local or state government.  

If you want more information on these ideas, or have questions about State College, PA cremation laws, Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. can help. You can pay us a visit at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641 to meet in person, or give us a call at (844) 427-3672 for more general information.  

cremation, in Bethlehem, PA

The Basics of Cremation 

Most everyone has heard of cremation, in Bethlehem, PA and around the world. However, most people don’t know even the most basic details of the practice, including the different parts and what they entail. Read on to learn the basics of cremation so you can be better prepared to make necessary decisions after the passing of a loved one or when planning for your own death.   

The cremation process can be broken down to three main parts: body preparation, the actual cremation, and processing the ashes.   

Body preparation is made up of lot of different steps. First, a funeral director or cremation official needs to obtain a cremation authorization document, usually signed by closest surviving family members. The funeral director then goes through a series of checks to ensure proper body identification. Next, the body is processed to remove any items that the family doesn’t want cremated with the body, or things that cannot be cremated like jewelry and medical devices. Pacemakers are one of the most common items removed from bodies.   

Once prepared, the body is put inside a cremation casket and checked again for proper identification. A metal identification tag that won’t burn or melt is also placed inside the cremation casket to ensure the remains end up with the right family after cremation.   

Next is the cremation itself. Cremation chambers are generally heated with fire and built from fire resistant bricks and special masonry compound designed to stand up to extremely high temperatures. The cremation casket and body are placed directly into the cremation chamber. Most chambers get up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. It usually takes 2 hours for a body to be reduced to bone fragments and ash, but the time can vary depending on the size of the body, type of cremation casket, or even the percentage of body fat to lean muscle.   

After the incineration, the remains are left to cool inside the chamber for about 30 minutes. They are then processed and checked again for any remaining medical debris and identification. The cooled bone fragments go through a processor that grinds them down into fine ash. This final ash is what is returned to the family for funeral services or interment.   

After those three main cremation steps are still more decisions and steps. The family must choose what to do with the cremated remains and carry out that decision. Some common choices are: 

  • Casting, or tossing the cremated remains into the wind.  
  • Raking, a process in which the ashes are poured over loose earth and raked into the soil.  
  • Trenching, or burying the ashes in a shallow grave.  Sometimes performed on a beach so the ashes are eventually carried out to sea by the tide.  
  • Aerial scattering, an expensive option, is when a professional pilot takes the ashes into the air and scatters them from the sky.  
  • Water scattering, or simply scattering the ashes into a body of water.  
  • Ringing, a ceremony in which a loved one places the ashes in ring around a tree or home.  

These are the very basics of cremation. If you have any more questions about Bethlehem, PA cremations, contact Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. Please visit us at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641, or give us a call at (844) 427-3672.