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Cemetery Burial Planning Assistance

Talk To a Pittsburgh Cemetery Burial Planning Advisor at Rome Monument at 724-770-0100

Since 1934, Rome Monument has been helping families in Pittsburgh's Tri-State area plan both traditional and cremation burials at cemeteries and memorial parks. Our on-staff Cemetery Planning Advisors are always available to help individuals and families choose a cemetery in Pittsburgh for a burial. We are here to help people who need advice about purchasing burial plots and grave space located in cemeteries in Pittsburgh.  We are more than happy to help families plan memorial services to be conducted in a cemetery, recommend a funeral home, purchase a grave or buy a headstone or gravestone.

To wisely choose the right cemetery and cemetery services for your needs, talk to a Pittsburgh cemetery planning advisor first to get sound advice on important cemetery considerations. A cemetery provides a variety of grave, mausoleums, columbarium, tomb or above-ground vault choices along with interment, burial and related services. Selecting the cemetery that’s just right can be difficult for grieving families with no experience in the burial, interment or funeral process. Fortunately, Rome Monument’s experienced Pittsburgh cemetery planning advisors can answer all your cemetery and interment questions quickly and professionally and help you make the best decision—just call us anytime at 724-770-0100.

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An Overview of Cemeteries

A cemetery is a location where embalmed or cremated remains are buried or interred in a grave, mausoleum, columbarium, tomb or above ground vault. When planning a burial and before your choose a cemetery in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, or Western Pennsylvania, it is important to understand and learn all your options well in advance of the actual passing of a loved one. The best way to do that is to speak with one of our Cemetery Planning Advisors here at Rome Monuments. We have an intimate knowledge of these cemeteries and their rules, regulations and restrictions due to the fact that we have seven locations throughout the region. In addition, following a death, families who come to Rome Monuments for a memorial often share their cemetery experiences with us—good or bad.

To talk with a Rome Monument Cemetery Planning Advisor or to schedule a free consultation, call 724-770-0100 and ask to speak with Vince Dioguardi or Cris Morgan. Let one of these gentleman know your wants and needs and they can help match you with the right cemetery or help you decide on your options for memorials and monuments. We know the best cemeteries in Pittsburgh - it is our business.

Understanding Burial Planning Arrangements:

Families and individuals understand the importance of planning for cemetery space when a relative or they themselves are nearing the end of their life. Please feel free to call 724-770-0100 to talk with a Rome Monument Burial Planning Advisor. When you call please ask to speak with Vince Dioguardi or Cris Morgan. Both of these gentleman will be happy to answer any burial planning questions or concerns you have regarding the choice of the right cemetery or cremation space and the related financial considerations. Both Vince and Chris can help with cremation planning, setting up a funeral and pre-burial plans. They can guide you through the process of burial planning in a friendly and compassionate fashion.

We recommend that individuals, if at all possible, become involved in the process of planning their own burial because this helps to ensure their burial preferences. Not everybody thinks of planning for their own burial ahead of time. However, for the people that do, having somebody to talk to that understands all the cemetery and burial options available in Pittsburgh is a great relief. The piece of mind gained from making these arrangements in advance is a great relief, for individuals and families alike. In addition to the peace of mind obtained by purchasing a cemetery plot or mausoleum space in advance, it is usually much less stressful and normally cheaper to purchase a burial plot or crypt beforre a death has occured.

Some people who are starting to make arrangements for their own burial often get advice from Vince Dioguardi or Cris Morgan regarding their choice of cremation or a traditional ground burial. If you have questions about pre-paid burial options, casket prices, burial plot prices, the costs to open and close a grave in a Pittsburgh area cemetery, burial vault prices, hearse and utility vehicle costs, headstone or memorial options, the cost for graveside services, please call 724-770-0100. 

The Dioguardi family of Pittsburgh has been helping families make burial planning arrangements since 1934 when Michael, a stone craftsman who migrated from Italy, opened his own monument firm in Rochester, Pennsylvania. The experts at Rome Monument understand the variety of cremation and traditional burial options offered by the cemeteries in Pittsburgh. Don't hesitate to call us if you are contemplating the purchase of one or more cemetery plot sites. Our staff can help you buy a burial plot that is within your budget or determine how much a burial plot is worth if it has already been purchased by somebody in your family. We can also help you find and buy a burial plot for the final disposition of the ashes from a cremation. Vince or Chris will be happy to answer any questions you have about the “right of interment” or “interment rights.” Before purchasing a monument or memorial from Rome Monument, it is important that your family owns the interment rights to a burial plot or mausoleum space. It is key that your family has the legal right to arrange a burial.

Recommendations for Burial Planning:

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

  • Drive around Pittsburgh or your neighborhood to find a cemetery that suits your desires and requirements.
  • Determine which cemeteries in Pittsburgh are associated with your religious affiliation.
  • If you want to plan a burial in a Catholic cemetery in Pittsburgh, visit the Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh web site for a list of cemeteries. The The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh offer families who elect to pre-plan for their burial plots and cemetery needs numerous financing and payment choices. They have plans that have an interest-free feature and some which have no interest at all. The Catholic Cemeteries Association offers a free planning guide that contains helpful information about Catholic burial and funeral traditions, social security benefits, veterans' benefits, living wills, powers of attorney, wills and other issues that can cause complications at the time of death. This booklet with information about Catholic burial and funeral options, is available free of charge. Click here to request this burial planning guide.
  • If you would like to plan a burial in a cemetery with excellent aesthetics, consider purchasing a burial plot or cremation space at one of the largest and oldest burial grounds in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery. The Calvary Catholic Cemetery, a 20 acre cemetery in the Hazelwood area of Pittsburgh is also a good choice.  It includes two beautiful chapel mausoleums. The historic and extremely scenic Monongahela Cemetery, established in 1863 in Monongahela City, Pennsylvania occupies 160 acres. Families who choose this cemetery for a burial drive on tree-lined paved roads which trace green rolling hills up to a hilltop chapel designed by architect F. P. Keller in 1894 and built in 1895. Many families who decide to purchase a plot in the Monongahela Cemetery consider it a peaceful resting place with a tranquil serenity. Because of cemetery's beautiful landscape design and pristine grounds, the cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places in June of 2002The Monongahela Cemetery marked it's 150th anniversary in 2013.
  • Get a good understandng of rules and regulations governing cemeteries in Pittsburgh by calling 724-770-0100.
  • Call 724-770-0100 to ask for a list of all the cemeteries in your area. We can even provide you with the names of someone to speak with at each cemetery.
  • Try to decide if you want to purchase a single, double, quadruple or family plot.
  • Contact cemeteries that you are interested in and ask for maps of their grounds.
  • Ask that the cemetery provide you with a list of all costs associated with purchasing a burial plot in writing.
  • Before purchasing the plot or plots, call 724-770-0100 to get our advice on the purchase.

Cemetery Burial Options:

Years ago, many families purchased plots in one cemetery, burial ground, memorial park or graveyard. Today, families are choosing other options. After all, people move and convenience is important. Cemetery rules, regulations and restrictions may exclude certain memorialization or burial preferences. For instance, the bevel or slant marker, statue, upright monument, or bench memorial or bronze marker you planned on having may not be allowed in certain sections of a cemetery—or in the cemetery at all. What is a cemetery’s policy on the disposition of cremated remains? Church affiliations, even religious affiliations may have changed. Affordability is often an important factor. So is the way in which the cemetery grounds are managed and cared for. The best thing you can do is to understand all your options prior to going to the cemetery or choosing a cemetery.