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Personalized Service

Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd. provides each and every family with unique funeral services. We pride ourselves in accommodating every family and their individual needs.

 


 

We confidently provide a variety of services with can include the following:

  • Traditional funeral services with and without visitation
  • Cremation Services with visitation
  • Memorial Services
  • Celebrant/Humanistic Services

Our staff is here to help coordinate a meaningful, personalized tribute for your loved one.

We were the first in the area to generate colored pictures, favorite poems or prayers on your choice of over 50 different prayer cards and folders.

Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd. is the premier funeral home in the area offering Memorial Tribute Videos. We can use your treasured pictures in a video slideshow that is set to music capturing the cherished memories of your loved one in a beautiful digital keepsake that every member of the family can take home to enjoy. In addition, we provide picture boards, so families may share their favorite photographs with family and friends.

During each service, family and friends are encouraged to write their fondest memory of the deceased on our "Fond Memory Sheets", which are then collected for the family to cherish.

Families are encouraged to display their loved ones memorabilia, hobbies and interests, so as to honor the talents and creativity of their deceased loved one.

Our Directors are accessible 24 hours a day, everyday of the year. Whether a death occurs at home, in a nearby medical facility or across the country, our staff is well trained to assist you in providing the necessary funeral arrangements in a timely and dignified manner.

Our Directors are also available after the funeral to assist with the filing of Insurance Claims, Veteran Death Benefits and any other issues that may arise.

 


 

Funerals vs. Celebrations of Life

It's interesting; funerals and celebrations of life have much in common, yet they often appear very different. Each is a ceremony; a gathering of people who share a common loss. It's just that one is more rooted in tradition, while the other is the result of recent changes in social values. But both serve to do three things:

  1. Help the bereaved family, and their community, publicly acknowledge the death of one of their own
  2. Support the grieving family by surrounding them with caring friends, co-workers, and neighbors
  3. Move the deceased from one social status to another

Yet they achieve those things in very different ways. First, let's take a closer look at what most of us commonly see as very traditional funerals.

The Funeral

It's not surprising funerals have been around for a very long time. Composed of three activities, the visitation, the funeral service, and the committal service, performed at the graveside; this funeral is the one we'd easily recognize from contemporary literature and film.

The Visitation

Held prior to the funeral, often the night before but sometimes on the same day, the visitation (or viewing) is a time when people come to support the family and, more importantly, pay their respects to the deceased. This often involves stepping up to the casket to view the body; either in the company of a member of the surviving family or on your own.

The Funeral Service

Commonly held in the funeral home or church, the traditional funeral service is led by an officiant of one kind or another; most commonly a pastor or the funeral director. This individual follows a very predictable funeral order of service which includes the singing of hymns; and invocations, Bible recitations, Scripture readings, and prayers led by the officiant.

The Committal Service

This takes place at the cemetery, after a slow and respectful automobile procession from the place where the funeral was held. The committal service ends when the casketed remains are lowered into the ground, and final prayers are said.

If you'd like to know more about the history of funerals in the United States, you may like to visit the website of the National Museum of Funeral History. But for now, it's enough to know that a funeral service traditionally has these three distinct components. Now let's look at a celebration of life service.

Celebrations of Life

Author Barbara Kingsolver, in her book The Poisonwood Bible, wrote “To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know.” We think this reflection is at the heart of a celebration of life. While a funeral, as we've described it above, has more to do with the orderly and often spiritually-defined, a celebration-of-life is more concerned with telling the story of the deceased. Celebrations of life are just that: a time people come together more to celebrate the unique personality and achievements of the deceased than to merely witness or mark the change in their social status.

Celebrations of life are similar to memorial services, which can be described as a hybrid event: combining the flexibility of a celebration of life with many of the activities of a traditional funeral order-of-service.

There's more room for creativity in a celebration of life than a funeral. Since celebrations of life are commonly held after the individual's physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation, there is much more time available to plan the event. And without doubt, this allows you to make better decisions about how you'd like to celebrate the life of someone you dearly loved.

Are You Undecided? Turn to Us.

We've got years of experience listening, brainstorming, and advising families how they can best pay tribute to a beloved family member. That means we're the perfect people to help you decide between a funeral and a celebration of life. We'll explore your funeral service options with you in detail, taking all the time you need.

In the book Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, you'll find this fundamental truth: “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” As funeral professionals, we help families express reverence for life. Let us do that for your family. Call our funeral home to speak with a member of our staff.

Sources:

  1. Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
  2. Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Soxman Funeral Home
Phone: (412) 793-3000
Fax: (412) 798-9897
Email: staff@soxmanfuneralhomes.com
7450 Saltsburg Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235


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