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Interment, Burial and Funeral Service Information and Assistance for Families in Pittsburgh

When planning to arrange a burial knowing about interment and funeral services is likely to save you time and ease the emotional process. Cemeteries and funeral homes in Pittsburgh serve families by helping them plan for and arrange funerals, burials, interments, and inurnments. Families in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania frequently contact Rome Monument for advice and assistance regarding interment and funeral services for both traditional ground burials and cremation commitals performed in crematorium chapels.  We help married couples, grandparents, parents and children alike during the process of preplanning for funerals and burials, at-need planning for burials, burial rites, cemetery graveside prayer rituals, final committal services, interments, and inurnments. Understanding basic burial issues is important to ensuring satisfactory arrangements are in place. We have answers and are happy to guide you on how to purchase cemetery burial plots in your area. Call us at 724-770-0100 or click here to ask us about your burial or funeral options.

A few definitions are helpful:

  • Burial — Placing of remains in an underground chamber, usually in a cemetery; also called ground burial interment.
  • Inter — To bury human remains in the earth in a grave or tomb.
  • Interment — Burial or final placement of remains.
  • Inurnment — Placement of cremated human remains in an urn and a placement of the urn in a niche, crypt, grave or other suitable location in a cemetery.

Since 1934, Rome Monument has been a reliable source for people who have questions about cemetery burial options and funeral procedures. We help familys in their time of need and help them at their time of their loss. Call us at 724-770-0100 or click here to ask us about your burial or funeral optionsClick here for a list of select funeral homes in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Lawrence County, Washington County and Westmoreland County Pennsylvania with website addresses, phone numbers and street addresses.

Services provided by funeral homes don’t usually include burying, interring, or inurning. These are separate services the cemetery itself provides and charges for. Cemetery costs are usually in addition to funeral home costs, and can be significant.

In addition to the plot price paid to the cemetery for the “right of interment,” or lawn crypt, mausoleum or niche, cemeteries charge a separate fee for grave opening and closing services (interment or inurnment when an urn is buried), which include digging and filling the grave, use of a casket-lowering device, and may include associated permitting and recordkeeping costs, tenting services, and other items or services. Similar opening and closing fees apply to interment in a mausoleum or inurnment in a columbarium or a wall niche.

Interment, Mausoleum Entombment and Cremation Inurment Fees, Costs and Prices in Pittsburgh

  • Interment (opening and closing) fees in the case of ground burial can range from $1,000 to $1,800. This covers opening and closing the grave, setup, leveling, the lowering device, preparation and reseeding the space, repairing surrounding damage, and restoration of the site’s original condition.
  • Entombment prices for mausoleum burial fees can range from $600 to $800. This covers use of a casket lift, opening and sealing the chamber, and installing lettering or nameplate.
  • Inurnment prices for cremation burial in a niche or grave can range from $600 to $1,000 and covers placement of the urn and installation of lettering or nameplate.

Recommendations for Burial Planning:

When planning for your own final resting place or to bury your family members, please consider the following recommendations.

Catholic Interment and Burial Information in Pittsburgh

We are also very familiar with the policies and practices of the The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and can answer most questions about this organization and their procedures for interments, ground burials, mausoleum entombment services, cremations, funerals and green burials.  The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh provides a booklet with useful information about Catholic burial and funeral traditions, social security benefits, veterans' benefits, living wills, powers of attorney, wills and other issues that can be problematic when somebody passes away. Click here to request the planning guide.

How to Purchase a Burial Plot for a Grave for a Pet in Pittsburgh:

  • While most families in Pittsburgh bury their companion animals such as dogs and cats on their own property, usually in their backyard, more and more cemeteries in Pittsburgh are offering burial options for both humans and pets.
  • One example is the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery which offers pet owners the opportunity to purchase a single burial plot for their pet or they can purchase property within the Garden of Faithful Friends so that they can be buried near their pet. Prices for burying a pet in its own plot start at $350 and go up to over $1,000.00 depending on the animal’s size.
  • Both pets and humans must be buried in caskets or alternative containers.
  • Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pa., which is about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh has a section in the cemetery that permits the burial of pets and humans together.
  • Peaceful Pastures Pet Cemetery, which is owned and operated by Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes, is located next to the Beinhauer’s human cemetery, Woodruff Memorial Park which is located about 12 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
  • Rome Monument sells pet memorials which are appropriate for pet cemeteries in Pittsburgh.

Flowers

Additionally, we know of some great florists in the Pittsburgh area and are always happy to recommend a local shop that sells beautiful arrangements and cut flowers.

Angie's List

Another way for families in Pittsburgh in get information about funeral homes in Pittsburgh is a website called Angie's List. Contact information for funeral homes in the Pittsburgh area are listed along with reviews.

Guide to Finding a Good Funeral Home

For more basic information about finding a good funeral home, visit www.everplans.com.

Better Business Bureau

The BBB lists accredited funeral homes in the Pittsburgh area.

Contact Rome Monument

Rome Monument welcomes the opportunity to help you understand how to purchase cemetery interment services in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Given the many issues involved in selecting and purchasing a cemetery plot and arranging a funeral, it’s a very good idea to understand interment issues, options, and costs in advance. And if you need help, just call us at 724-770-0100 and one of our cemetery specialists will help you get the answers you need to plan and manage your funeral, burial, and interment prudently and effectively.  Click here to ask us about your burial or funeral options.

Scheduling A Burial at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies:

  • To schedule a burial at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, located southwest of Pittsburgh in Bridgeville, PA , please contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office by following the instructions listed here http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/need.asp or fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117. 
  • The 292 acre National Cemetery of the Alleghenies situated approximately 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, was dedicated in 2005 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration. This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains. It is one of the newest cemeteries in the National Cemetery system.

Burials at Allegheny Cemetery:

Burials at The Homewood Cemetery:

  • At the 204 acre non-denominational, non-sectarian Homewood Cemetery, located near the center of Allegheny County, accomodates every form of legal burial including: traditional burial in a single in-ground lot or a double depth lawn crypt. Inurnment, with placement of cremated remains in an urn garden or family lot is also accommodated.
  • For assistance with a burial at the Homewood Cemetery, please call 412-421-1822.
  • Their staff will help you choose from the wide range of burial options, and price ranges offered.

Cemetery Arrangements and Purchasing Burial Space at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery:

How To Choose a Burial Plan at Plum Creek Cemetery:

Cemetery Arrangements at Union Dale Cemetery:

  • The Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh is a 96 acre hilltop family cemetery incorporated in 1846.
  • The nonprofit cemetery offers attractive lots for traditional burial as well as cremated remains.
  • This charming burial ground consistently ranks among the best cemeteries in terms of maintenance and appearance in the Pittsburgh area.
  • To start the process of making cemetery arrangements at Union Dale visit http://www.uniondalecemetery.org/services.php.
  • To get specific information about cemetery arrangements call (412) 321-0774.

How to Arrange a Burial at Penn Forest Natural Burial Park:

Cemetery Arrangements and Burial Plots at The McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery: