Bauer Signature Services to Celebrate a Life

A funeral is more than a way to mourn a loss; it is also a collective celebration of a life well-lived. At Bauer Family Funeral Homes, we strive to be an innovative leader in developing new ways for families to create one-of-a-kind services that truly reflect the personality and interests of your loved one. Be assured that all of us who serve you do so with an eye to detail. We offer a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Below is a sampling of our Signature Services that are our standard. Together, we will create the perfect lasting memory.

Details Matter

The way we create a meaningful service for your loved one is to remember one thing: details matter. Little distinctions can make a large difference, and we make sure that every detail in the service reflects the special life your loved one led. We offer many ways to make sure his or her personality shines through, including customized caskets and urns, unique floral arrangements that vividly reflect your loved one's interests, a soloist or bagpiper or special music during the visitation, ceremony or at the cemetery, and a dove or balloon release. We have conducted funeral and memorial services in locations such as a tennis court, ice arena or a high school gymnasium and we have included special vehicles such as fire trucks, a horse-drawn carriage, pull trucks and tractors in the funeral procession to create an especially personalized illustration of your loved one's interests.

Custom Printing and Memory Books

At Bauer Family Funeral Homes we offer a number of printed materials, including personalized memorial folders or service bulletins, memory books and bookmarkers, which can be customized to the interests of your loved one. We offer a number of quality stationary packages for you to choose from and our staff will guide you through designing the paper goods and printed items to create the perfect tribute. If you decide to choose a stationary package including a memory book, our staff will personalize the book according to the service. We include a picture (if given), family and service information, pictures of each sympathy gift and flower arrangement delivered to your loved one's service and any online condolences received from our website. These are all special keepsakes to remind you of your loved one's life.

DVD Tribute

Sometimes words are just not enough. Share memories from your loved one's life through a Tribute Keepsake, a unique creation that blends your family photographs with beautiful full-motion scenery and fitting background music. Simply provide photographs that highlight special moments from your loved one's life, and a personalized DVD will be ready in time for the service. Your family will treasure this DVD and share it with future generations.

Military/Fraternal Services

We recognize the sacrifice veterans make to serve their country, and we are committed to honoring the veterans and their families. Let us know if your loved one was a veteran and we will take care of the details. The funeral director will researches and apply for county or federal veteran's benefits your loved one is eligible for. Our funeral directors have a good relationship with local VFW Posts and American Legion Honor Guards and will work with them in setting up the perfect military honor service for the veteran.


Thumbies are uniquely personal keepsakes, fashioned in precious metals from a fingerprint of your loved one. Cast in 14k yellow or white gold or sterling silver, each casting is polished and engraved with the name of your loved one and a date or span of years. Thumbies may be customized with engraving and birthstones, and matching chains and chords may also be purchased for use as a necklace. Charms, tie tacks, cuff links, rings and lapel pins are also available.

Follow-Up Care

At Bauer Family Funeral Homes we understand the many things that need attended to when a loved one dies may seem overwhelming to the family. We are available to help families sort through the large amount of paperwork that is involved. Our staff routinely works with insurance companies to obtain claim forms and assists families in filing these forms, and we also file for all Veterans benefits. Paperwork, however, is not the only thing we follow up on. We understand the emotional impact of losing a loved one and believe in helping our families through the difficult time. Four times throughout the year following your loved one's death, we send out one book in series designed to help you through the grief process. The positive feedback we have received from these books lets us know that our families appreciate the complete care we show them before, during and after the funeral.

Bauer's Steps Ahead

Bauer's Steps Ahead is a group available to anyone wanting to stay involved in the community, especially those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Learn more »

Grief Lending Library

Our Grief Lending Library is located at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning and is open to the public during regular business hours. This free lending library offers a large selection of books, pamphlets, support group referrals and audiovisual materials. These resources are devoted to the health, wellness and recovery of someone dealing with the many difficult issues surrounding death, dying, grief and bereavement.

Monument Design

We have more than 20 years of experience designing monuments, and a member of our caring staff works with each family personally. We offer a variety of granite monuments or bronze markers available in many selections of colors, shapes and sizes. We can suggest an affordable monument or marker that will be a perfect fit at your cemetery site and that will be specially designed to express your own memories. Learn more »