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Distinctive Scranton Area Funeral Services

Vintage photo of Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home Services

From traditional and religious to contemporary and meaningful, the Strauch family offers you distinctive funeral service packages. Once you choose your basic package, view the special service options below to see how many ways there are to tailor your end-of-life celebration, creating a totally unique and personal tribute.

Popular Funeral Packages

Traditional Funeral includes:

  • Basic services of funeral director and staff
  • Embalming
  • Dressing, casketing, and cosmetology
  • Use of facilities, staff, and equipment for visitation or funeral at the funeral home or other facility
  • Transfer of remains to funeral home (within 25 mile radius)
  • Funeral coach and driver
  • Lead car and utility car

This package does not include casket, outer burial container (if necessary), cash advance items, limousine or additional vehicles, register book, memorial folders, and acknowledgement cards.

Visitation with a Graveside Service includes:

  • Basic services of funeral director and staff
  • Embalming
  • Dressing, casketing, and cosmetology
  • Use of facilities, staff, and equipment for visitation and funeral at the funeral home or other facility
  • Transfer of remains to funeral home (within 25 mile radius)
  • Funeral coach and driver

This package does not include casket, outer burial container (if necessary), cash advance items, limousine or additional vehicles, register book, memorial folders, and acknowledgement cards.

Graveside Service includes:

  • Basic services of funeral director and staff
  • Shelter of remains
  • Special care, disinfecting, and handling of remains (no embalming)
  • Transfer of remains to funeral home (within 25 mile radius)
  • Services of funeral director and staff in directing a graveside service
  • Funeral coach and driver

This package does not include casket, outer burial container (if necessary), cash advance items, limousine or additional vehicles, visitation, funeral ceremony, register book, memorial folders, and acknowledgement cards.

Immediate Burial includes:

  • Basic services of funeral director and staff
  • Transfer of remains to funeral home (within 25 mile radius)
  • Transportation to cemetery
  • Dressing and casketing

This package does not include cash advance items; embalming; use of facilities, staff, and equipment for visitation and funeral; casket; register book; memorial folders; and acknowledgements cards.

Eco-Friendly Green Burials

This unique option is an excellent choice for those who embrace the environment and wish to minimize their carbon footprint and leave the world in a gentle way making a positive statement. A green burial promotes the growth of native foliage and bringing forth new life. In this way, the end of a life beautifully gives way to the beginning of another.

Green burials do not include embalming or any other preparation process. The body is simply placed in an eco-friendly casket, made from biodegradable materials such as bamboo and seaweed. Nature takes its course and no harsh substances are released into the ground. A green burial isn’t just eco-friendly—it’s economical and affordable.

If you have spent your life protecting the environment, let your final choice reflect this personal philosophy.

Personalize Your End-of-Life Event

We also offer a wide variety of special service options to customize every end-of-life celebration for an event both unique and memorable:

  • Release of balloons, butterflies, or doves—A wonderful symbolic tribute
  • Custom-made remembrance teddy bears—A sweet and personal touch
  • Casket personalization—Reflect the passion of a lifetime with commemorative panels, corner design pieces, and personalized drapes for the casket
  • Military honors—For soldiers and veterans we offer services such as honor guard, 21-gun salute, and the traditional playing of Taps
  • Online obituaries and video tributes—For family and friends unable to attend in person or who simply wish access to information from the comfort of home
  • Oil portraits—A rendering of a special photo by talented artists
  • Remembrance jewelry and keepsakes—For gifts or a personal memorial
  • Time honored bagpipes—A beautiful tribute
  • Tribute blankets—A lovely choice for a warm, personal touch
  • Customized DVD—A digital presentation celebrating a special life
  • Services at unique venues—Choose the location and we will accommodate you

The options above may be exactly what you are looking for, or you may have a distinct vision of something quite different. Simply sit down with our staff and, together, we will create a tribute that meets your needs and desires.

Funeral Celebrant Services

In addition to the above options, we offer the very special services of a Funeral Celebrant. A Celebrant is a person who seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. They serve by providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the deceased.

  • The Celebrant offers an alternative to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional religious funeral service.
  • The Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a completely personal service, incorporating those unique stories, songs, and experiences that defined the loved one.
  • The Celebrant will schedule a special “Family Time” meeting when the family can share memories, anecdotes, and defining moments in the loved one’s life. The essence of the service will be based upon these, and family and friends are encouraged to participate.
  • The Celebrant has developed a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies, and personal touches. Consulting with the family, the Celebrant helps them choose the different parts of the service that reflect their loved one.
  • The Celebrant is bound by a Code of Ethics for complete confidentiality in all dealings with the family.
  • The training for Celebrants, as established by In-Sight Institute, seeks to provide the most comprehensive and sensitive training available for people wishing to develop this as a profession or to add to their current job description. It is important that a family knows someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best funeral possible is serving them.
  • The Celebrant fee is usually higher than fees charged by clergy for performing a funeral in a specific area. Your Celebrant will spend approximately 10 hours in preparation for a memorial service or funeral, as well as the expenses of training and maintaining a resource library. You can discuss fees with the Celebrant or the Funeral Director.
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