Additional Services

Ralph Shugar Chapel is pleased to accommodate most any request and below is a short list of the more commonly utilized "alternative" services. We at Ralph Schugar Chapel understand that planning a funeral can be a very difficult task. With that in mind, we invite you to call us at 412-621-8282 or toll-free at 1-888-621-8282 to discuss any questions you may have with a licensed funeral director.

Chapel Service Followed by Transfer to Another City includes the use of our facilities (including our chapel), staff and equipment for a funeral service and one hour of visitation; transfer of the deceased to airport; an airtray and a temporary grave marker. Certain airlines may require a sealed metal container for forwarding when there is no embalming. It is also possible to have the funeral service at a local synagogue or temple, if desired, followed by forwarding to another city.

Receiving of Deceased From Another Funeral Home includes transfer of deceased to our funeral home, temporary shelter of deceased, transfer to a local cemetery or crematory, and the desired facilities and required services of staff.

A Memorial Service includes basic services of funeral director and staff, use of lead/errand/clergy car, use of facilities (including chapel), staff and equipment for funeral service, use of facilities, staff and equipment for one hour of visitation, a register book, 100 acknowledgement cards, delivery of shiva supplies and one shiva candle. The body of the deceased is not present for the visitation or the funeral. Private family viewings are available, but may be subject to time limitations. Please ask one of our staff about setting up a private viewing for your family.

Private family viewings are available, but may be subject to time limitations. Please ask one of our staff about setting up a private viewing for your family.

Taharah (Religious Rites) is the ritual washing and dressing of the deceased in a burial shroud. The Taharah is performed by the Chevrah Kadisha, a volunteer group of men and women, approved by local Rabbinic authorities. The ritual of Taharah is required for burial by most of our local Jewish cemeteries and Clergy.

Shmeerah (To Watch) is the Jewish tradition of watching over the deceased. This is performed by a member of the Jewish community, and is available 24 hours a day, as requested.

Immediate Burials forgo any funeral service and are limited to local removal and shelter of the remains to comply with local ordinances, transportation of remains to local cemetery, necessary services of staff for authorizations, permits and certificates, and supervision of burial. Choices include purchasing a casket from our funeral home, purchasing an alternative container (cardboard) or the purchaser providing their own casket.

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