At the time of the arrangement conference we will guide you through the choices available to help you make an informed decision regarding the funeral that you desire for the one you have lost.
The traditional funeral service remains the most commonly chosen type of service. The traditional funeral service is held with the decedent present, with either an open or closed casket, within three or four days of the death. You and your family decide whether the service is to be open for all to attend or privately held. It is also your decision as to whether the ceremony will be held at the funeral home or in your place of worship. At a typical traditional funeral a member of the clergy officiates. Funeral ceremonies usually contain scripture readings, a sermon, prayers, a eulogy, hymns, music and sharing of memories by those present. Cultural customs and religious denomination determine the specific elements of the ritual that is used. A procession to the cemetery will follow, and prayers of committal conclude the ceremony.
For a graveside funeral service, family and friends gather at the cemetery for the ceremony. Typically a member of the clergy officiates. A graveside funeral ceremony can consist of many of the same elements that a service in the funeral home or your place of worship possesses. Scripture readings, a sermon, prayers, a eulogy, hymns, music and sharing of memories by those present are most often a part of this type of service. Please keep in mind that choosing a graveside funeral service places you at the mercy of the unpredictability of the weather.
Many of our families choose to blend a traditional funeral service with cremation. The traditional funeral service is held with the decedent present, with either an open or closed casket, within three or four days of the death. You and your family decide whether the service is to be open for all to attend or privately held, in the funeral home or your place of worship. Once the ceremony has concluded the decedent is taken to the crematory. Burial of the cremated remains, if desired, takes place at a later date, and may be either open for all to attend or private.
Immediate cremation includes no ceremony or service. The cremation may take place only after completing and filing with the State of Pennsylvania a death certificate that has been certified by the physician who attended the decedent. A cremation permit is then issued. The permit along with the authorization to proceed signed by the next of kin or authorized representative of the decedent will allow the cremation to take place. In the State of Pennsylvania there is a twenty-four hour waiting period after the time of death before cremation can be performed since cremation is irreversible. In Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware Counties permission from the County Coroner must also be obtained before a cremation can occur.
Most of our families that choose immediate cremation desire a visitation and memorial service. At a memorial there is time allotted to receive the comfort and support of family and friends. Following that time a member of the clergy officiates at a service. Memorial ceremonies usually contain scripture readings, a sermon, prayers, a eulogy, hymns, music and sharing of memories by those present. Cultural customs and religious denomination determine the specific elements of the ritual that is used. A memorial service need not be limited to our funeral home or your place of worship. A procession to the cemetery can follow and prayers of committal conclude the ceremony.
isposition options cremated remains can include burial in a cemetery, placement in a columbarium niche, scatter at sea or on land, kept with or solidification. Please get in touch with by us by phone or below to discuss your thoughts.
A Clean Alernative to Cremated Remains.
Solidified remains are a complete alternative to cremated remains that allow you to live comfortably with your departed. The solidification process compresses conventional cremated remains into a beautiful collection of 40-80+ “stones” that you can hold, share, scatter, and travel with.
The appearance of each collection of solidified remains is 100% natural. People can result in different hues and textures making each set unique. Parting Stone empowers families in their grief by providing a form of remains that can be touched and held.
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At the time of your arrangement, you may choose to have your loved one returned either as cremated remains or solidified remains.
If you would like to update your pre-need plan to include solidified remains, please get in touch with below or by phone and we will update your arrangement.
Solidification of remains at-home
If you currently have the cremated remains of your loved one at home and want to have them solidified, you may place your order by clicking here.
905 2nd Street Pike
Richboro, PA 18954
PHONE: (215) 322-5545
FAX: (215) 364-2810
500 Benner St
Philadelphia, PA 19111
PHONE: (215) 745-9009
FAX: (215) 364-2810
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Campbell and Thomas Funeral Home
Dianne Campbell Thomas, F.D., Supervisor
905 2nd Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954
Phone: (215) 322-5545 | Fax: (215) 364-2810
Dianne Campbell Thomas, FD
James P. Brady, FD
Danielle Adrienne Thomas, FD