Planning a funeral service can be a very difficult process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.
There are different services that you can choose for a loved one’s burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:
- Immediate burial means that your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
- Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket and say goodbye or offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
- Funeral or memorial services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.
- Graveside, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.
Cremation, simply an alternative to burial, is a widely accepted and encouraged method of disposition. It is a process by which the body is reduced to its natural elements (calcium bone fragments) through intense heat. For many religions, it is the preferred method of disposition (Buddhism and Hinduism for example), while for others such as Orthodox Judaism and Islam, it remains strictly forbidden. The Roman Catholic Church, which once shunned cremation, now permits families to choose this option provided that the cremated remains will ultimately be interred.
The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. In fact, many families choose to have an open casket viewing and funeral service or Mass prior to the cremation. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life. After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
- Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
- Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
- Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
- Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
- As technology advances, there are limitless other options for memorialization with cremated remains. Examples of this include: having cremated remains incorporated into planting a tree, made into diamonds, incorporated into blown glass pieces of art, launched into space, or placed as part of a coral reef.
Green Burial Services
Our funeral home is proud to announce we are the first funeral home in Westmoreland County to become a certified provider through the Green Burial Council, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in the field of funeral service. We have developed service options that will allow a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials and chemicals while allowing for a viewing and service to occur, as well. Please contact us to learn more about the Green Burial movement and our offerings!
Please visit the Green Burial Council to learn more about their organization.
Unique and innovative eco-friendly caskets, coffins and urns to memorialize your loved one will be offered through a partnership with Passages International, a leader in the green funeral movement. Passages International was founded in 1999, as the now rapidly-growing demand for green and natural funerals was at its earliest stage. Passages is dedicated to providing the best, most sustainable options to those seeking environmentally-friendly funeral options. They stand behind their unsurpassed quality and service. Click here to visit their main website.
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We offer multiple online payment options to help lessen the financial burden on your family during this difficult time. Talk to a member of our staff if you have any questions or need more information.
- eChecks, or ACH payments, let you transfer funds directly from your bank account to pay for services. It’s fast, secure, and saves you money on credit card fees.
- We accept payments online via all major credit cards — Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Use our online payment platform to easily and securely pay by credit card today.
- We offer crowdfunding for funeral services, memorial funds, and more. With all the features of other major crowdfunding sites and less fees, crowdfunding on our website is a great option for your family. Talk to a member of our staff to start a crowdfunding campaign today.
- We work with multiple lenders across the U.S. to get you the most competitive lending rates. Viewing the offers available to you doesn’t affect your credit, so you can see all the options you have for loan amounts and repayment terms.
- If your loved one has a life insurance policy you want to use for funeral expenses, talk to us. We can get a portion of your claim funded immediately instead of waiting 30-90 days for the insurance companies to pay out. We’ll also handle all the paperwork!
- Paper check and cash payments are also accepted, as well.
Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home, LLC
Phone: (724) 537-2001
601 Weldon Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
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