Plank, Stitt and Stevens Funeral Home

Legal Questions

Is embalming required?
In Pennsylvania, embalming is not required by law except in certain cases.

Must I buy an "outside container," such as a crypt or vault?
Pennsylvania law does not require an "outside container". However, most cemeteries require that one is used. We provide "outside containers" at many price levels.

Funeral Etiquette

Many people wonder what is acceptable or what is expected of them when attending a visitation or funeral services. Certainly the accepted customs of dress and behavior in a funeral have changed over time, but courtesy and respect never goes out of style.

Making the Most of a Difficult Time

It certainly is helpful knowing what religious, ethnic or personal considerations you need to take into account. In all cases being respectful of the emotions of close family members will help provide comfort.

Here are a few things expected of you:

What Should I Know as a Consumer

 

The members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes are committed to providing the public with helpful information and experienced guidance, whether it's at time of need or when planning funeral preferences in advance. We hope the following pages will help provide the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.

But He's My Age... When a Sibling, Colleague or Friend Dies

 

Whatever age people are "supposed to be" when they die, most of us feel like it should be a good bit older than us! That's why it seems so hard to face the death of someone who is our contemporary, who likes the same kind of music and remembers the same television shows.

Even Grownups Can Be Orphans... Facing the Death of a Parent

 

The mental picture most have of an "orphaned child" is a sad-faced youngster trying to make sense of a scary world. But what about facing the death of a parent when you are no longer a "youngster?" Even grownups face the hard task of saying goodbye to a parent.

As adult children, we bear a unique perspective on grief that is different from that of a surviving spouse. While the death of a spouse is a huge loss, it is a very different loss from the grief growing out of a parent's death.

Helping Youngsters Manage Their Grief

 

Grief is no respecter of ages; children and teens grieve the deaths of loved persons deeply. But because youngsters don't grieve exactly like adults, finding appropriate ways to support younger grievers is often difficult.

Gone Way Too Soon... Coping With a Child's Death

 

At The Stevens Mortuary we offer many options for those who prefer cremation as a means of final disposition. The only difference between a funeral service followed by burial and one followed by cremation is that the remains are taken to the crematory after the service instead of to the cemetery for burial. This means that families have the option to have visitations and funerals where the remains are present and still choose cremation as a means of disposition.

Celebrate Life

Condolences:

The staff of The Stevens Mortuary encourage you to call, visit, or send personal cards to the family. However, we realize that this is not always possible.

Therefore, we have created a condolence and tribute section on each obituary page for you to send your thoughts and prayers to the family members and friends of the deceased. Sharing memories to celebrate life can be helpful during the grieving process.

Cremation

At Plank, Stitt and Stevens we offer many options for those who prefer cremation as a means of final disposition. The only difference between a funeral service followed by burial and one followed by cremation is that the remains are taken to the crematory after the service instead of to the cemetery for burial. This means that families have the option to have visitations and funeral services where the remains are present and still choose cremation as a means of disposition.

Saying Goodbye to Your Life Mate

 

Whether the relationship was measured in months or in decades, the death of your life mate is a loss for which you are never completely prepared. Well-meaning friends and family members sometimes encourage you to "move on" and even remind you that your mate "wouldn't want you to be sad." But that's just not how grief works.

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