We have developed this Frequently Asked Questions page to answer some common questions and concerns. If you do not find an answer to a question that you may have, or if you want us to go into more detail on an answer already listed, please give us a call at (814) 695-9551. You may also contact us by clicking HERE to fill out our Contact form.
A funeral in its simplest sense is a tribute to a loved one’s life. It provides an environment where family and friends can reflect on, tell stories about and celebrate the life of the one they have loved.
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, delays the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body for viewing. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing the family time to arrange and participate in the types of services most comforting to them.
We offer personal assistance with filing for various Veterans’ Benefits. We can determine eligibility and file the necessary paperwork for you to receive entitlements. Every honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces is entitled to a United States Flag for burial purposes. Other benefits may include burial in a VA national cemetery, a headstone / grave marker and a burial benefit towards funeral / burial expenses, depending upon the circumstances. You may either contact our funeral home at (814) 695-9551 or the Regional Veterans Affairs Office directly at (800) 827-1000 to determine benefits available for you.
We notify the Social Security Administration and assist in applying for benefits. SSA will pay a benefit of $255 to a surviving spouse or a dependant child. Other benefits may also be available. You can contact the Social Security Administration directly at (800) 772-1213, or you may visit www.ssa.gov for more information.
Certificates are purchased through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You may either contact our funeral home at (814) 695-9551 or call the Department of Vital Statistics directly at (800) 842-5040 to have an application mailed to you.
Funeral homes have a legal responsibility to place 100% of pre-funded funeral expenses into a trust account or some form of insurance. We can offer suggestions and guidance as to which method may best suit your needs.
People move to different areas of the state or country. Others just have a change of mind over time. Your pre-arrangements belong to you, and you have the right to move them to the funeral home of your choice. If you are having second thoughts about where you made your arrangements, and are interested in transferring them, please give us a call with your questions. We honor pre-arrangements made at any funeral home. Always compare costs, services and facilities when making your decision.