Are you ready?  Many people have not given serious thought to their own wishes regarding finances or funeral services, thinking that they will have plenty of time to settle things later. 

Unfortunately, we do not always know when the time for that information will needed, and our loved ones are left with the burden of trying to make arrangements as we would have wanted them.  Oftentimes, those same loved ones are also left with the financial responsibility of those arrangements.

For those reasons, many people are thoughtfully planning funeral arrangements in advance. Since you are the one making the decisions regarding your funeral services, pre-arranging allows for personalization of every aspect of the funeral arrangements.  Perhaps more importantly tho, is that pre-arranging eases the emotional stress and heartache of your loved ones during their most difficult of days.

What Are the Advantages to Pre-Arrangements?

Pre-Arrangements are practical and thoughtful in many ways:

  • It allows decisions to be made while you are unemotional and unpressured by time.
  • It helps you to better prepare and organize your necessary insurance, banking, military, and other paperwork.
  • There is no charge for making pre-arrangements.

Pre-Arrangements allow you to...

  • Set up an irrevocable burial account with a local bank, assuring your family that funds will be immediately available for the funeral.
  • Ease the burden on your family of making funeral decisions during a time of emotional hardship.
  • Make adjustments later on, should your wishes change.
  • Make your wishes known to your loved ones.
  • Create an obituary as you would like to be known to others.
  • Prevent additional emotional stress on your family by eliminating second-guessing on their part as to their decisions for your arrangements.

Our staff would be honored to assist you in making pre-arrangements at your convenience.


The following is a list of categorized links to Web sites of organizations and programs which can help aid the grieving and healing process.



  • Center for Loss and Life Transition
    A private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief. Dedicated to helping both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum.
  • Crisis, Grief and Healing
    A place where men and women can discuss, chat or browse to understand the many different paths to heal strong emotions. Resources on the site include excerpts from author Tom Golden's books on healing from loss.
  • GriefNet
    GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.
  • Willowgreen
    A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.
  • AARP Grief and Loss
    Grief support information and resources from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Associations and Organizations


  • Carmen's Flowers
    1233 Wyoming Ave.
    Exeter, Pa. 18643
    (570) 655-4361
  • Just Because Floral
    760 Main Street
    Avoca, Pa. 18641
    (570) 457-6225
  • Flowers By Lucille 
    167 E. 8th Street
    Wyoming, Pa. 18644
    (570) 823-2930
  • Pittston Florist
    7 Williams Street
    Pittston, Pa.18640
    (570) 654-7041
  • Robin Hill Florist
    915 Exeter Avenue
    Exeter, Pa. 18643
    (570) 654-1079
  • Tomlinson Floral and Gift
    509 South Main Street
    Old Forge, Pa. 18518
    (570) 457-1790

Local Newspapers

  • Times Leader 
    15 N Main Street
    Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18702
    (570) 829-1700
  • Citizens' Voice 
    75 N Washington Street
    Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18702
    (570) 821-2000
  • Sunday Dispatch  
    109 New Street
    Pittston, Pa. 18640
    (570) 655-1418
  • Scranton Times-Tribune
    149 Penn Avenue
    Scranton, Pa. 19503
    (570) 348-9100

Local Cemeteries

  • Mount Olivet Cemetery 
    612 Mount Olivet Road
    Carverton, PA 18644
    (570) 696-3636
  • Wyoming Cemetery
    155 Wyoming Ave.
    Wyoming, PA 18644
    (570 )693-4411
  • Marcy Cemetery
    933 Foote Ave
    Duryea, PA 18642
    (570) 457-2521
  • Pittston Cemetery
    Corner of Vine St. & E. Swallow St. 
    Pittston, PA 18640
    (570) 655-0931
  • St. John the Evangelist Cemetery 
    Corner of Market St. & Curran St. 
    Pittston, PA 18640
    (570) 654-0053
  • St. Mary's Cemetery
    1594 S. Main St.
    Hanover Twp., PA  
    (570) 822-6941
  • Fairview Memorial Park 
    111 State Route 435 
    Elmhurst, PA 18416
    (570) 842-4504
  • St. Catherine's Cemetery
    220 Church St.
    Moscow, PA
    (570) 842-8411
  • St. Mary's Cemetery
    Cemetery St. 
    Avoca, PA 18641
    (570) 457-3412
  • St. Michael's Cemetery 
    Union St. 
    Pittston, PA 18640
    (570) 654-0214