In keeping with family tradition of more than 100 years of service to surrounding communities, the John F. Slater Funeral Home will continue to provide personalized service of the highest quality and standard to those we are privileged to serve. We firmly believe in the value of the funeral process and are committed to maintaining an atmosphere of caring, compassion, sensitivity, and understanding so that families we serve may freely, openly, and honestly express themselves and their emotions.
Six Generations of Families Serving Families
The John F. Slater Funeral Home family encourages you to openly discuss any aspect of the services we provide, including arrangements, fees, procedures and techniques, as well as our Pre-planning and AfterCare Services.
It is our sincere belief that the funeral:
helps confirm the reality and finality of death
provides a climate of mourning and expression of grief
allows the sorrows of one to become the sorrows of many
is one of the few times love is given and not expected in return
is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects
encourages the affirmation of religious faith
is a declaration that a life has been lived, as well as a sociological statement that a death has occurred
For six generations, we have been committed to providing you with the highest level of service and attention, while helping you walk through the funeral experience as one of the life processes we all will inevitably face. We offer our assistance to you before, during, and after the funeral service and are appreciative of the trust you have placed in us.
Along with providing an emotional atmosphere of compassion and sensitivity, we also strive to provide a physical atmosphere of comfort.
While visiting, or receiving family and friends, you may relax in our newly decorated lounge, complete with kitchenette, a children's corner and library.
A large parking area, offering the convenience of off street parking, surrounds our funeral home. Our visitation rooms are spacious and pleasantly decorated.
Our staff is dedicated, and it remains our priority, to provide a reassuring, calming place for you and your family.
We are here to help you with any issues that might arise as a result of the death of a loved one. There are many things that will need attention in the weeks and months following the funeral, and it is our hope to make your transition during this time a little less burdensome.
A death can be the most traumatic event of our lives. It is common to have feelings of anger or guilt or sometimes no feelings at all. Whatever you might be feeling, we offer a variety of services that you may find helpful in coping with your loss.
The Companion is a newsletter we offer that contains articles about the grief process, information on local support groups, as well as items contributed by readers.
Support groups provide a safe and relaxed environment in which to share your feelings and experiences with others that have experienced a loss. Please refer to our "Grief Resource" page, or call us for more information: 412-881-4100.
Refer to our "Events" page for educational sessions sponsored by John F. Slater Funeral Home, and other programs of interest to the community.
Annual Memorial Service
The Christmas holidays can be especially difficult the first year after a loss. Our annual candlelight memorial service is held to honor the memory of those who died in the previous 12 month period from November 1st to October 31st. An invitation to join us in prayer is extended to all families and friends.
A member of our AfterCare Services staff will contact you to provide support, answer questions, and talk to you about additional services available, if you need them.
There are sometimes legal and financial matters to deal with following a funeral. If you find that you need professional assistance and are concerned about finding someone reputable, we can provide you with referrals for these services. Our staff members are also knowledgeable about a variety of other subjects such as Veteran’s benefits, Social Security benefits, filing insurance claims, and personal care home placement.
notify Social Security and apply for Veteran’s burial benefits
provide literature on various subjects such as the grief process, explaining death to children, etc.
make available educational materials from our lending library
refer you to legal and accounting professionals, counselors, and support groups, if requested
make available, referrals for a wide selection of headstones, monuments or memorials. (Our staff can discuss with you the many options that are available.)
provide pre-planning assistance to those who wish to ease future emotional and financial burdens that accompany a loss
offer personal assistance, on a fee-for-service basis, to those who would like help with follow-up matters
Although the above services may not be immediately necessary, you might find them to be of benefit in the weeks or months to come. We will keep in touch with you periodically to see if you have any questions or if we can be of future assistance. Should you have additional needs, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our staff.
Aside from marking the final resting place, the memorial is a tribute to someone loved, and a symbol of the family bond to those who are left behind.
Meeting the needs of those we serve remains a priority, even after the funeral services are completed.
You may call (412) 881-4100 for information.