There are many reasons why you may consider cremation services when making funeral arrangements. In Pittsburgh, PA, our families are increasingly choosing cremations for their loved ones and combining them with a customized memorial service. It offers the opportunity to ensure a personalized goodbye that can be shared by family and friends.
At Laughlin Cremation & Funeral Care in Pittsburgh, we are here to provide continued assistance as you make decisions about your loved one’s final journey. By remaining attentive to your questions and concerns, we support you throughout the entire process so you feel satisfied with the type of service you are planning.
In the United States, more than half of Americans are now choosing cremation as opposed to a traditional burial as it can offer several benefits while remaining and respectful and personal way to say goodbye.
Cremation costs can be significantly less expensive than a traditional burial, making way for the bigger purchases, such as the casket or headstone.
Available space is becoming increasingly limited across cemeteries, which can make finding a plot more challenging and increase costs.
Cremation causes less disturbance to the earth. You can also avoid the strong embalming chemicals for a wake, which often accompanies a traditional burial.
Freedom and flexibility
Cremation holds diverse options, including scattering your loved one’s ashes, keeping them within an urn, or even integrating them into a piece of jewelry.
Christianity, namely Catholicism, is becoming more open-minded toward the practice of cremation which is prompting more people to consider it.
Cremation services are handled with great care and sensitivity. The act of cremation itself is technical and detailed. The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments". The process involves the deceased’s body being turned into ash via a specialized furnace called a crematory or crematorium. It is a meaningful alternative to burial that gives you the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved one through creative, personalized memorial options. We are here each step of the way to honor the wishes of your loved one.
Whether selecting basic cremation services to more elaborate options, there are no limits to creating a personalized remembrance of your loved one. This is an important time to honor and remember their life, share memories, say goodbye, and provide closure.
There are an array of memorial opportunities that accompany cremation, including:
● Traditional cremation with funeral & viewing/visitations
● Public or private funerals
● Cremation process followed by memorial service or gathering
● A witness cremation at the crematory or crematorium
● A graveside service at a private or veterans national cemetery
● And much more
Our cremation specialists are available to address any and all questions, concerns, and requests. Contact Us
Respecting your wishes remains our highest priority. We guide you through each step of the process, including the signing of authorized documents, service charges, the entire cremation process, and returning the remains to you.
We are committed to offering a service that values and honors your loved one in the best way.
Is there an article of clothing – perhaps a dress or military uniform – that held particular meaning for your loved one? We’ll discuss this with you during the cremation arrangement conversation. Our funeral director will provide counsel regarding the inclusion of jewelry and other valuable personal items.
Are there any keepsakes that merit inclusion within the cremation casket, or is there a cherished photograph, letter or memento you would like to include? A special touch can involve family members writing cards or letters to their loved one which can be placed inside the casket prior to cremation.
We respect the grieving process and understand there are different ways of marking someone’s passing. We welcome interested family or friends to be present or participate in some way during cremation. Our funeral director is available to answer any questions surrounding these possibilities.
A space for remembrance
Have you contemplated a resting place for your loved one’s ashes? A cremation urn can house your loved one’s remains, which can be placed within the family home or another special location. We offer a range of urns available for purchase. Speak with one of our funeral directors for further information.
We are here to listen
We are a family-run business, and we approach everything from a spirit of compassion, empathy, and respect during this difficult time.
Visit our office or contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss our cremation services. Our specialists are available to answer any questions, address concerns, provide detailed information, and to support you during the entire process. Contact Us