A funeral is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a gathering to honor your loved one. We are happy to provide a more traditional ceremony or something completely unique. Many cultures and religions have special traditions and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. This is a moment for you and your family and we are honored to help you in any way that we can.
Although some families choose a memorial service, cremation, or celebration of life rather than burial services, there are still many families who prefer the structured ceremonies. Funeral services have been a popular way of honoring the life of the deceased for centuries.
One of our main purposes for a funeral service here at Stitzel Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. is giving your loved one a final tribute they deserve. Contrary to common belief, funeral services are not all the same. They can take on many different formats and styles. We can plan and execute funeral ceremonies that follow very traditional practices to those that take on less formal, more unique styles. We work with you to create the funeral service that best honors your loved one’s life, allows the best way for you to say goodbye, meets your family's specific wishes, and fits within your financial budget.
We have years of experience in this industry, and we take pride in offering families quality and affordable funeral services. We hope to help as many families in need as we can as their Pennsylvania funeral service provider, and we promise to help each, and every family member heal as they embark on their journey with grief. On this page, we have provided a breakdown of the traditional funeral process included in the services we offer as well as a brief history and overview of what a funeral is.
Before moving forward with planning, it is important to understand the answer to the question, "What is a funeral?". Below, we highlight the history of traditional funeral services as well as the steps in the funeral process.
If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to contact us to begin.
All we need to do is say the word "funeral" and within microseconds, you have an image in your mind of what a funeral looks like. This mental image comes from many sources: the geographical place, culture, and society in which we live; our faith; our life experience. Obviously then, a funeral service in West Reading would look very different from one held in California; there are even significant differences between the funerals held in ethnically and/or geographically diverse regions of North America.
Yet, despite the differences, these funeral services have much in common. We invite you to read further to learn the simple answer to the question "what is a funeral?" Should you have questions about what you read here, we encourage you to contact us. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to explore the commonalities behind the wide spectrum of funeral ceremonies seen around the world.