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Our Services

As a family owned full service funeral home, the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Inc. offers a full range of traditional and non-traditional options. We approach every service with compassion and respect, take our ethical responsibilities very seriously and have pride in our professional standards and quality of service. Whatever type of service a family may be interested in, Gravenor's offers many ways to make it as unique as the person being remembered. Assisting families in decision making and coordinating those involved in completing the service, as well as offering many items of personalization, such as custom memory folders and stationary, memorial DVD's, custom embroidery, collage displays, memorial portraits and assorted keepsakes, contribute to making a unique, personalized remembrance.

The Traditional Funeral

Gravenor's believes in the value of the traditional funeral. It provides those who are mourning a loss with a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings. Funerals are the first step in the healing process and can be valuable in many ways. The helpful aspects of a funeral include:
  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved;
  • Helping the bereaved understand that death is final and is a part of life;
  • Integrating the bereaved back into the community;
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one;
  • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain;
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died; and
  • Providing a time to say good-bye.

Our traditional funeral service will include all the elements necessary to assist a family with the difficult task of saying good-bye in a way that is meaningful, comfortable and affordable. It is usually comprised of visitation time, the funeral service and the committal service. These components can be organized to be held all on one day, or over two or more days. We can help make it happen in the way that best meets the needs of each individual family.

The visitation will offer time to gather, share and remember. The service itself can be personalized in many ways to best honor your loved one in an appropriate and meaningful way and is usually followed by a committal service at a cemetery. We will gently guide you through this process, helping along the way with the full use of our facilities and staff, or our equipment and staff if the funeral is held elsewhere, such as a church.


The choice of cremation can also give a family flexibility in choosing what is best for remembering their loved one. Cremation can be handled as a direct cremation or as an option after a traditional viewing and funeral service.

Direct cremation is a choice when there is to be no viewing or funeral service before the cremation is carried out. A licensed funeral director on call 24, transfers the remains from the place of death to the funeral home for identification and proper care, sanitation, and shelter of the deceased. After the cremation a memorial service and/or committal service may be held at any time convenient for the family. The choice of direct cremation handled by our funeral home ensures the services of licensed funeral directors at a competitive price.

As more people are choosing cremation, funeral service professionals are striving to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are for a funeral service. Often funeral directors find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. In fact, cremation may actually increase your options when planning a funeral. The following information is meant to help you build an understanding of what cremation is, allowing you to make an informed decision when arranging a funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn't mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial that is personalized to reflect the life of the deceased could include:

  • A visitation prior to the service;
  • An open or closed casket;
  • Special music;
  • A ceremony at the funeral chapel, your place of worship or other special location; and
  • Participation by friends and family.

If a family chooses to have a traditional viewing and funeral service followed by cremation, a special cremation casket may be purchased or we offer the use of our hardwood rental casket that uses specially lined cremation inserts that are tailored like a regular casket interior. These inserts allow for the dignified transfer of a decedent's remains to the crematory without disturbing the body at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a casket.

Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden. Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person.

Whatever you choose, cremation or burial, traditional services or contemporary celebrations, our funeral directors are here to help you.

Benefits For Veterans

There do exist special benefits for military veterans honorably discharged from their duties. As an added salute to those who have served (along with their spouses), our federal government will finance several of the services and products that we offer. Please consult our knowledgeable staff for complete information about these special benefits.

Gravenor Home for Funerals, Inc. • John A. Leonhard: Licensed Supervisor • 100 W. Main at Church St. • Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 733-6181 • Email: info@gravenorhomeforfunerals.com

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