What happens if I die away from my hometown?
Although it is seldom that death occurs when traveling for business or pleasure, it occasionally happens. The short answer to the question is, “Call the funeral director of your choice in you...Read More >>
Can I have a viewing if I choose to be cremated?
Absolutely! Cremation is only one of several forms of disposition of a body. Other forms of disposition are burial, body donation, aquamation, and composting. Not all these options are permitted in...Read More >>
Organ and Tissue Donation verses Anatomical Donation
Anatomical Donation and Gift of Life are each programs to consider when individuals and families are considering end-of-life decisions. Both programs are designed that others benefit from another’s...Read More >>
Considering donating your body?
Anatomical Donation is a recognized and accepted form of human body disposition in the United States. As with all manners of disposition, donating one’s body is a very personal decision. Befor...Read More >>
“Grief is just love with no place to go.”
Although I have been a licensed funeral director for 29 years, families are still teaching me new things about love, death, and grieving. I appreciate this thoughtful quote: “Grief ...Read More >>
What happens to the money when we pre-pay our funerals?
In Pennsylvania, funeral directors are required by law to deposit in escrow or trust the entire amount of the monies received by the funeral director for future expenses. None of this money is avai...Read More >>
What is “preplanning” and how does it benefit me?
Preplanning is simply a matter of taking care of your funeral service details before the need arises. Today, more and more people are making the thoughtful decision to discuss their final arrangeme...Read More >>
Do you provide traditional funeral services?
Do you provide traditional funeral services? The answer is “Yes, we provide traditional funeral services.” Actually, we provide a range of funeral services from traditional services, includi...Read More >>
Who is William P. Spence?
I was raised in rural Indiana County. Prior to becoming a funeral director, I was employed for 12 years as an underground coal miner by Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company. In 1993, I graduated...Read More >>
FEMA Funeral Reimbursement to End September 30, 2025
Since FEMA began accepting applications for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance in April 2021, the agency has provided nearly $3 billion in assistance to more than 438,000 people, with an average award of ...Read More >>