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Earth Day

The first Earth Day was organized in the United States in 1970 as a movement to recognize the environmentally harmful practices society was placing on the environment.  Since then, Earth Day i...
By William Spence
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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. Before mak...
By William Spence
Friday, March 11, 2022

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...
By William Spence
Thursday, March 10, 2022

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...
By William Spence
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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...
By William Spence
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Seven Ways to Save Money on Funerals

1.    Compare funeral costs: Start by requesting price lists from several funeral homes, or by checking their websites. The Federal Trade Commission requires that funeral homes ...
By William Spence
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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...
By William Spence
Monday, June 28, 2021

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Welcome to Our Blog Page

Thank you for visiting Simple Funeral’s blog page. We’re working on helpful content to assist your family and loved ones with all aspects of funeral planning. Please check back soon for the launch ...

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 ...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...