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You can reach Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, inc. at (570) 668-0390 or (570) 645-5450.

When Death Occurs

When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. Bearing this responsibility can be overwhelming.

Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, inc. are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to guide you through these details.

After a death has occurred, notify Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. by calling (570) 668-0390 or (570) 645-5450. The following are the immediate questions that we will ask when you call: 

During the initial call, we will set an appointment time for you to come to the funeral home to complete the details of the funeral arrangement. 

We will also ask you to bring in some items and information that will be necessary to complete the arrangements. These items will include:



Ten Reasons to Choose Us

  1. We are family-owned, whereas some local providers are part of a large conglomerate or a corporation. We are mindful that our most valuable asset is our reputation. Our success is best measured by the families we have served for five generations. Please allow us to earn your trust and confidence.
     
  2. Our staff is the very best. We are professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented, dedicated to providing the best service possible.
     
  3. We consider that serving you is not our right; it is an honor bestowed on us.
     
  4. We are rapid and responsive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
     
  5. We are competitively and fairly priced. In accordance with federal laws, all prices are disclosed before arrangements are finalized.
     
  6. Both of our funeral homes are handicapped accessible and have central air. We own, operate, and maintain our own facilities.
     
  7. We are technologically savvy offering an acoustical system, professional, in-house produced DVDs, a flat screen TV, and a world-class web site with online memorial capabilities that are linked to Facebook.
     
  8. We offer one of the finest and most comfortable facilities in the Tamaqua area. You are welcome to visit at any time and see for yourself.
     
  9. Our client’s best interests are our priority. Our staff handles paperwork efficiently and quickly, including: death certificate procurement; veteran benefit applications; insurance claims; burial, transit, and cremation authorizations; pre-need assignments; and more. We disseminate public service announcements in our local papers regarding changes in state and national laws as well as consumer topics.
     
  10. We live in the area that we service, so we are dedicated to Tamaqua and Panther Valley’s communal health and success. To that end, we are civically involved in the Tamaqua and Panther Valley and seek to make a difference. Our directors and employees are committed members of civic service organizations, including the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation Board of Directors, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Tamaqua Public Library Board of Directors, numerous local fire companies and churches, and the coordination of the Memorial Day parade and services.


Funeral Services

The core purpose of a funeral is to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to allow that meaning to take root in the hearts and minds of those who attend. There is no single proper funeral service; a funeral is proper if it addresses your emotional and spiritual needs and has meaning for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you are taking an active role in your journey of grief and you, in the process, help create a meaningful experience for everyone.

It is the goal of Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, inc. to provide a climate that encourages each person to receive and, in turn, give emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other and find mutual strength.

Below is a description of some of the more common service types. As you read through the list, remember that you are not bound to follow any prescribed format.

Complete Funeral Service

A traditional funeral includes a family or public viewing of the deceased followed by a service, usually in a church or at our funeral home. Typically, the service concludes with earthen burial or above ground entombment of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the construction of the casket. 

Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket with earthen burial. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth which helps maintain the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are likewise constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners which restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) and increase the strength of the vault.

Graveside Service

Occasionally, the only service that is performed for a recently deceased person is a graveside service. Such an arrangement is typical if the family wishes no viewing and service or if embalming was not performed. A clergyperson is usually present and is even necessary in the case of some religious denominations. 

Usually, a graveside service also follows a traditional funeral. In this case, the casket is transported after the service to the cemetery where services are concluded at graveside. The actual burial is usually done after the attendees leave the cemetery.

Complete Cremation Service

A cremation service can be similar to a traditional funeral with the exception that cremation will follow the services in lieu of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (a casket that is designed to be cremated) or a rental casket (a casket with a removable insert that reposes the deceased). Following the viewing, service or ceremony and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safekeeping. 

Please note that the practice of cremation is discouraged by some religions. Other religions allow for cremation but have placed restrictions on what is permitted for the final disposition of the cremated remains. 

Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Immediate Cremation Service

The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times prefaced by a viewing or followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation you allow yourself and your family a time, if possible, to privately view the deceased. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death, then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming is encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required but, in Pennsylvania, that time restriction is twenty four hours. 

Viewing of the deceased is usually an important step in emotionally acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony, even if it is a memorial service, is also a key factor to a healthy recovery from a loss due to a death.

Personalized Services

We encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge a life that has been lived in a way that is consistent with the lifestyle of the deceased. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends. Ways to personalize a service include flowers, photos, DVDs, prayer cards, memorial folders, personal testimonies, art work, letters, and other individual expressions of grief.

How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You

There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously when a death occurs. Our funeral directors, historically called morticians, are always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:

For more information about our professional services, please call us at (570) 668-0390 or (570) 645-5450 or email us at office@zrgfuneralhome.com. We're here to help.



Cremation Options

Overview of Cremation

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

What is done before or after the cremation is decided upon by the next of kin. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one's options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple, traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom they are made. 

The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow the viewing, service, or ceremony instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket (a casket with a removable insert that reposes the deceased). Following the viewing, service or ceremony and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safekeeping. 

Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times prefaced by a viewing or followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation you allow yourself and your family a time, if possible, to privately view the deceased. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death, then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming is encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required but, in Pennsylvania, that time restriction is twenty four hours. 

Viewing of the deceased is usually an important step in emotionally acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony, even if it is a memorial service, is also a key factor to a healthy recovery from a loss due to a death.

Some consideration also needs to be given as to what is done with the cremated remains after services are completed. For many people, a permanent and secure place for cremated remains is desired to help honor the lives of the deceased such as a burial plot or an outdoor niche. Other families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home or to scatter the remains over land or water. Our directors can help provide for these options (among others) for cremated remains, but please note that the practice of cremation is discouraged by some religions. Other religions allow for cremation but have placed restrictions on what is permitted for the final disposition of the cremated remains.



Locations

Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 
Eric S. & Jon M. Zizelmann, F.D.s
Christine Zizelmann, F.D. 
500 East Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252
(570) 668-0390
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Gulla Funeral Home
Eric S. & Jon M. Zizelmann, F.D.s
Eric S. Zizelmann, F.D., Supervisor
130 East Ridge Street
Coaldale, Pennsylvania 18218
(570) 645-5450
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Welcome to the Zizelmann Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.  Mobile Website.

We have created this site to help you access information while on your mobile device.

Please call (570) 668-0390 or (570) 645-5450 or email us, we are available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.

Thank you