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Personalization

Funerals serve an important purpose: they allow us to recognize a life that was lived and acknowledge that the life has come to an end. Funerals exist for the living, for survivors who suffer the loss of a loved one. We understand that every family is different. Influences such as religious and cultural traditions, cost concerns and personal preferences make each funeral as unique as the person who is being honored.

This section of our web site provides an overview of the different types of services that we provide. Our funeral directors will work with you to put together a personalized package, and discuss the many options and details that make each of our services a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.

Here are a few of the Signature Services we offer to help make your tribute meaningful. We can accommodate other options, too, however; contact us to discuss your wishes.

In Memory

Balloon Release
Our Funeral Home will provide your family with a bouquet of environmentally safe balloons in the color of your choice. As the balloons slowly drift gently upward, they leave us with a memory that lasts a lifetime. Our staff will coordinate the balloon release to take place at anytime throughout the service. If you are interested in using this special memory maker, please let a staff member know.

Video Tribute/ Picture Board
Bringing special pictures to us of your loved one and family members we will arrange them on a magnetic board in a collage for all to see when they visit. Also, we have the digital capabilities to design a memorial slideshow or video that will be displayed on a large flat screen television during visitation hours. Additional copies of the Tribute may be ordered following the service.

Memory Portraits
These portraits pay tribute to the deceased while bringing comfort to the surviving family and friends. Memory Portraits specializes in portraits particularly for use during visitation and services in the funeral profession. These portraits are original works of art.

Jewelry Keepsakes
Create keepsakes of the people you love and the times you want to remember. Three dimensional Thumbies are crafted from simple ink fingerprints, footprints or handprints using the time honored process of lost wax casting. The finished pieces are ever so touchable, making real our memories at each stage of life’s cycle.

Memory Lamps
A memory lamp is a beautiful reminder of of a life lived every time it's turned on.memory lamps Honor that special family member with a butterfly, hummingbird or wide variety of attractive memory lamps.

Cameras
Living in today’s fast-paced society, family gatherings don’t always come as often as we would like. Unfortunately, a funeral my bring an entire family together that may not have been for many years. By use of disposable cameras that we provide, memories can be preserved forever. These images will provide solace to you and your family for years to come.

Casket Personalization
Not only do we have a wide variety of caskets to choose from, we also offer families a large selection of special design themes or embroidered panels to depict the life of their loved one. If your choice is cremation, we can also personalize your memorial service with the same options of a traditional funeral service with the exception of the casket. Small touches of personalization can create a beautiful memory!


For the Service

Dove Release
As these beautiful doves fly into the sky with a burst of energy it reminds us of the soul’s ascent into the heavens, and the abundant life that blesses each one of us. The Dove Release is most meaningful for graveside services and also weddings or memorial services in the Frank Kapr Family Garden. Our staff would be more than happy to make the Dove Release a part of your meaningful ceremony

Bagpipe Musician
Let the enchanting sound of the highland bagpipes be a presence at your funeral service. You may request that the bagpiper escort the casket from the funeral coach to the gravesite or that he play off in the distance before and after services. Arrangements may also be made for the bagpiper to play at chapel, church or memorial services. Please contact our staff about adding a bag pipe musician to your funeral service.

Vocalist
Hillary Grimm Minick, a talented vocalist from the Scottdale-Mt. Pleasant area, is available for weddings, special occasions and cantor. Please call 724-396-7695 for more information.

Military Honors
Would you like to honor a loved one in your family that was a Veteran? With Military Honors you can. Depending on the branch of service, we can offer that of: color guard, Taps, a gun salute or even pall bearers. We have contacts with all branches of the service to honor your loved one in the most appropriate way. In addition, we can apply for an American Flag and a Bronze Marker through the Veterans Administration as well as a Presidential Certificate honoring the life of your Veteran on behalf of a grateful nation.

Military Caisson
When a loved one who was a member of the United States military forces dies, the family will sometimes wish to arrange a burial with military honors using a caisson.

Notary
Rhenee Kapr is a Licensed PA Notary. This is a free service that she offers to the Scottdale community.

Transportation

Tombstone Hearse Co.
While Tombstone Hearse Company initially conceived motorcycle-drawn hearses as an alternative to cater to the families and loved ones of the more than 11 million motorcycle enthusiasts in the United States, a large percentage of those choosing a Tombstone Hearse have never even ridden a motorcycle Expanding on this base, Tombstone Hearse Co. has become a prime choice for many Military and Police funerals and surprisingly even grandmothers due to the dignity and honor the hearses provide.

Horse-Drawn Carriage
Make your loved one's last journey one that will be forever remembered and cherished by family and friends. A special farewell for a special person. When was the last time you saw a funeral procession being led by a pair of majestic Friesian horses hitched to a beautiful horse-drawn hearse? 

Limousine Service
To ensure that the immediate family rides together, we offer limousine services to be used in the Funeral Procession. Please contact the staff if you are interested.

Keepsakes

Thumbies
Create keepsakes of the people you love and the times you want to remember. Three dimensional Thumbies are crafted from simple ink fingerprints, footprints or handprints using the time honored process of lost wax casting. The finished pieces are ever so touchable, making real our memories at each stage of life’s cycle.

Memory Candles
Remember your special loved one with these beautiful memorial unscented candles. They are personalized with your loved one’s picture, name and dates.

Life Gem Diamonds
These are diamonds created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique and wonderful life. If interested, please ask us for more information on Life Gems and the process.

Video Tributes
Bringing special pictures to us of your loved one and family members we will arrange them on a magnetic board in a collage for all to see when they visit. Also, we have the electronic capabilities to design a memorial slideshow or video that will be displayed on a large flat screen television during visitation hours. Additional copies of the Tribute may be ordered following the service.

Memory Portraits
These portraits pay tribute to the deceased while bringing comfort to the surviving family and friends. Memory Portraits specializes in portraits particularly for use during visitation and services in the funeral profession. These portraits are original works of art.

After The Service

Family Gardens
Our Family Gardens features a soothing waterfall, fountain, chimes, and statue. It is available for memorial services, family and class photos, and other events.

Family Center
Our beautiful Family Center is not only an exceptional venue for a post funeral gathering, it's also perfect for baby showers, banquets, birthday parties and also memorial services.
 

 

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