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Thoughts on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day has been celebrated once again to the joy and pleasure of most but to the pain and despair of others.  How is it that a “holiday” intended to elevate and celebrate the virtues of ...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

FEMA Funeral Assistance Applications to Open

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that beginning, Monday, April 12, 2021 Funeral Assistance Applications may begin to be submitted via their call center.  Only one a...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Monday, April 5, 2021

“Grief is just love with no place to go.”

Although I have been a licensed funeral director for 27 years, families are still teaching me new things about love, death, and grieving.  I was recently presented with a thoughtful quote that...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Monday, March 29, 2021

What happens to the money when we pre-pay our funerals with Spence Funeral Services?

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...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What is the PA state law regarding funeral processions?

As one might expect, each state has its own laws regarding funeral processions. In Pennsylvania, each vehicle in the procession must have its headlights lit and emergency lights flashing as well as...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What is “preplanning” and does Spence Funeral Services offer it?

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...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

How should I dress for a funeral?

In the past, custom dictated that immediate family wore black clothing to the funeral of a deceased family member. While other relatives and friends didn’t necessarily need to be dressed in black, ...
By William Spence
In Ask The Funeral Director
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Previous Posts

Are vaults required in Pennsylvania?

Vaults or other types of outer burial containers are not required by federal or Pennsylvania state law to be placed in the ground prior to a casket being buried. However, most cemeteries in Lancast...

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 continuum of funeral services ranging from traditional servi...

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...

What sets William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., apart from other funeral homes?

Providing services to families that are appropriate and meaningful at an affordable price are the hallmarks of our business. As a funeral home in Manheim, part of our mission is to exceed the expec...