Alternative Services

Anatomical Gift/Body Donation Services

Body donation is the donation of the whole body following death for medical research, teaching, and education. One may choose to pre-register with their state anatomical program, or if registration was not made by the donor prior to death, the legal next-of-kin can give his/her consent for the donation after death. The legal right for an individual to choose body donation is governed by the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which has been largely accepted by most states. Typically, the human remains are cremated following the completion of the medical studies, and the next-of-kin can usually request that the ashes be returned for final disposition.

When body donation is chosen, a visitation and/or memorial or celebration of life service can be planned. If the ashes are returned to the family following the medical studies and cremation, the final disposition may include in-ground burial, above-ground burial in a mausoleum or columbarium niche, scattering of the ashes, or inurnment.
To learn more about the Humanity Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania, feel free to contact one of our licensed funeral directors or visit the HGR website, www.hgrpa.org.

Graveside Ceremonies

A graveside ceremony or committal only service is held at the cemetery or place of disposition, and is normally in lieu of having any other services at the funeral home or church. Graveside services can be religious or secular, and may include clergy, celebrants or be conducted by the family and friends of the deceased. The final disposition may include in-ground casket or urn burial, above-ground casket or urn entombment in a mausoleum crypt or columbarium niche.

Memorial and Celebration of Life Services

Often referred to as a celebration of life, a memorial service is a ceremony held in honor and in memory of the deceased, when the body is not present. Memorial services are often less formal than a funeral, and are sometimes religious. A memorial service can be held at any given time following the death and may be open to public attendance or private for family and those personally invited. If cremation is the disposition selected, the deceased’s cremated remains or urn may or may not be present at the ceremony. Memorial or celebration of life services can be held at the funeral home, church, or a variety of other indoor or outdoor locations. In addition to the service, many choose to have a visitation where family and friends are received, either before or after the service.

Personalized Services

Personalized ceremonies are unique tributes that honor and reflect the life of the individual being remembered. Our staff is devoted to helping you create lasting and healing ways to remember your loved one.

Examples of personalization can range from:

  • Special music being played
  • Certain flowers, memorabilia and photos on display during the ceremony
  • Casket or urn customization
  • Dove releases
  • Religious, military or fraternal organization involvement
  • Celebration of life service held at a meaningful place
  • Eulogies or special poems read at the service
  • Certain clothing being worn by the deceased and/or attendees
  • Particular food and beverages being served
  • ... and various other ways that make the tribute unique