J Lamar Denlinger

J. Lamar Denlinger 66 of Lititz passed away Monday July 31, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy after a lengthy illness.  Born in Mount Joy, he was the son of the late Raymond & Dorothy Denlinger.  He was the loving husband of Joan (Girvin) Denlinger of 44 years.. Lamar was employed as a landscaper before his illness.  He was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Lancaster.  He enjoyed cooking and flower gardening. Surviving in addition to his wife is a brother Robert, Continue reading

Why should I prearrange my funeral or burial?

When you plan ahead, you will be able to compare the many options available. You will be able to compare the services, the products and the prices among different companies. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements, and the form of memorial you prefer. You will be able to make choices that are meaningful to both you and your family, and you will gain peace of mind knowing your family and friends will be relieved of the emotional and Continue reading

How can I help a child deal with the death of a loved one?

Children grieve just as adults do. Any child old enough to form a relationship will experience some form of grief when a relationship is severed. Adults may not view a child behavior as grief as it is often demonstrated in behavioral patterns which we misunderstand and do not appear to us to be grief such as "moody," "cranky," or "withdrawn." When a death occurs children need to be surrounded by feelings of warmth, acceptance and understanding. This may be a tall order to expect of the adults Continue reading

What happens during the cremation process?

The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately, 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The residue which is left is bone fragments, known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. The cremated remains are Continue reading

Is embalming necessary for cremation?

No. It is your choice. It may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body with an open casket, or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the cremation. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

Can I take the cremated remains home?

Yes. The remains are normally placed in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suitable for placement on a mantle or shelf. Urns are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

Are there special cremation caskets?

There is a choice of very affordable cremation caskets that are completely combustible. The selection includes options from a plain cardboard container to a hardwood casket. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?

No, cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

Is a funeral or memorial service always held in a funeral home or place of worship?

A service can usually be held at any location that family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. We can assist with arranging a meaningful service wherever you feel it would be appropriate. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

Can a function less formal than a funeral or memorial service be arranged?

A Memorial Reception or Gathering of Friends is a less formal event. It allows family and friends to share their loss and share treasured memories of the deceased. These gatherings may include light refreshments and can be held at any appropriate location, including the funeral home, a park, a restaurant or the home of a family member or friend. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading

May I make all the necessary arrangements in advance?

Yes, usually all arrangements may be made in advance. When you plan ahead, you will be able to consider the many options available. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements, and the form of memorial you prefer. You will be able to make choices that are meaningful to both you and your family, and you will gain peace of mind knowing your family and friends will be relieved of the emotional and financial burden often associated with Continue reading

What are the different types of burial caskets?

Most caskets are made of either wood or metal. Metal caskets are made of either bronze, copper, steel or stainless steel. Wood caskets are available in a variety of types of wood. Interiors of caskets are usually made with velvet or crepe; however, other materials may be available. (Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue reading