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  • 5 Ways Funerals Are Changing
    Posted: 09/08/2020

    “A traditional funeral doesn’t fit who I am. Can I plan a final farewell that’s more ‘me’?” “I want to care for the earth in death just as I do in life. What are my options for a green burial?” “I’d love for my friends and family to have a big party after my funeral. …
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  • How to Create the Perfect Video Tribute for Your Loved One’s Funeral
    Posted: 09/08/2020

    If there is one thing we have learned here at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, it’s the importance that funeral planning plays in the grief process. This is certainly not easy for a person who is desperately missing a loved one, but our expert team knows the appropriate questions to ask and has suggestions to …
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  • Creative Ways to Memorialize with Cremation
    Posted: 08/17/2020

    When a family in Monaca or Rochester is considering cremation instead of traditional burial, they may wonder if their options are limited or even impersonal – but this is definitely not the case when you choose Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services. More people in the Monaca area and around the U.S. are choosing cremation than …
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  • My Loved One Said, “No Funeral.” What Should I Do?
    Posted: 08/11/2020

    This is an issue we hear about time and time again at ­­­­Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services: What should I do when my loved one made it clear he or she does not want a funeral or memorial service? What your loved one may be thinking this will help the family by saving them time …
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  • Tips for Writing a Meaningful Obituary
    Posted: 07/16/2020

    American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder once said, “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” To be sure, grief is inescapable, and a part of the normal human experience after a death occurs. But one way we can express our gratitude to our loved ones is through preparing a farewell that …
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  • “Mommy, when is Grandma coming back?”— Explaining Death to Children
    Posted: 07/16/2020

    Knowing what to say to children when a loved one dies can be a challenge. Many Monaca families have approached our team at ­­­­Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services over the years wondering about the “best” ways to handle such a complex and emotional topic. In our work helping families plan funerals or memorial services, we’ve …
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  • Our Top 5 Recommended Foods for a Funeral Reception
    Posted: 06/15/2020

    Getting together after a funeral to share stories and a meal is a special tradition for many families in Monaca and Rochester. Here at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, we always say that every person is unique and needs to be celebrated – and a reception does exactly that. It’s an opportunity to spend time …
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  • Why Wouldn’t You Preplan Your Funeral?
    Posted: 06/09/2020

    Most of us don’t like to think about our own mortality – let alone plan for it. Sure, we make arrangements for other events in life. Think of the planning involved when you make a major purchase or organize a vacation or party. Not to mention the thought and time you invest thinking (and, perhaps, …
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  • Creative Ways to Memorialize with Cremation
    Posted: 05/13/2020

    When a family in Monaca is considering cremation instead of traditional burial, they may wonder if their options are limited or even impersonal – but this is definitely not the case when you choose Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services. More people in the Monaca area and around the U.S. are choosing cremation than ever before, …
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  • What Family Ownership Means For You
    Posted: 05/07/2020

    Since Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services opened our doors about three decades ago, the Simpson family and our entire team have been committed to serving the families of Monaca during some of their most difficult moments. It’s not just a job for us; it truly is our calling. Every day, you hear about more and …
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  • Our Advice on Talking to Kids About COVID-19
    Posted: 04/16/2020

    Our Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services staff has 48 years of experience walking through difficult times with those in our community. This includes having conversations with children about illness, tragedy, and death. When Rochester and Monaca families walk through our doors, they depend on us for encouragement during challenging moments; right now is no different. …
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  • 5 Ways to Relieve Loneliness During a Quarantine
    Posted: 04/13/2020

    All across Monaca and Rochester, people are spending their days inside waiting for the end of the COVID-19 crisis. Here at Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, we are doing our best to serve our community during this time of uncertainty. We know that many of you are separated from family, friends, and neighbors. You may …
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  • Should We Plan a Visitation?
    Posted: 03/17/2020

    Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services have been part of Monaca and Rochester for nearly 50 years, serving area families for generations. When our staff sits down with a family to plan a funeral, there are many decisions that need to be made. One topic of discussion is whether to hold a visitation. Some families aren’t …
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  • When Final Wishes Clash Within Families
    Posted: 03/09/2020

    Throughout our decades of funeral service experience at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, our caring team has been asked many times by families in Monaca and Rochester what it’s like to be in funeral service, and whether our work is somehow depressing and morbid. While it is true that the work, we do here is not …
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  • Four of the Most Popular Personalization Options
    Posted: 02/18/2020

    At Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, one of the questions we are often asked is, “How can I make the service for my loved one feel more personal?” This is a question our experienced team welcomes from the Rochester and Monaca families we serve, knowing how much a meaningful service can help their grief process …
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  • Are You Grieving or Depressed? Here’s How to Tell the Difference.
    Posted: 02/05/2020

    Every day, our staff meets with families in Monaca and Rochester who have lost a friend or family member. Some arrive at Simpson Funeral And Cremation Services tired but at peace, having had time to say goodbye and prepare for their loved one’s death. Others have had their world turned upside down and are in …
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  • Why Wouldn’t You Preplan Your Funeral?
    Posted: 01/13/2020

    Most of us don’t like to think about our own mortality – let alone plan for it. Sure, we make arrangements for other events in life. Think of the planning involved when you make a major purchase or organize a vacation or party. Not to mention the thought and time you invest thinking (and, perhaps, …
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  • Tips for Improving Your Life in 2020
    Posted: 01/06/2020

    Life can be broken down into many chapters, and 2020 is the perfect opportunity to start a brand new one. But let’s shake things up a bit and take the focus off resolutions. After all, studies show that less than 10 percent of those who make resolutions manage to stick them for more than a …
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  • The Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee: Why It Matters for You
    Posted: 12/17/2019

    While it’s not right for everyone, all across the country, more people than ever are selecting cremation, with cremation rates expected to reach nearly 79% by 2035. Families in Monaca and Rochester are no exception, with many opting for cremation due to convenience, greater religious acceptance, matters of finance, and fewer adherences to family traditions. …
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  • What Should I Send? And Other Funeral Etiquette Tips
    Posted: 12/11/2019

    When someone dies, it is often difficult to know how to show your support to the loved one’s family. Of course, you know they are probably feeling sad, shocked, overwhelmed, angry – or any combination of these emotions. What might help you when you are feeling that way may not be the same for them. …
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  • Our Website, Your Online Home
    Posted: 11/18/2019

    In many ways, a company’s website is a modern-day storefront, offering visitors a first impression about what they do and who they are. This is certainly the case at Simpson Funeral And Cremation Services, as our website tells our family’s story and the history of the funeral home, provides information on the funeral and cremation …
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  • Expressing Gratitude During Difficult Times
    Posted: 11/07/2019

    What we do at Simpson Funeral And Cremation Services gives us a unique perspective into how valuable life is – and also how challenging it can be. As we help our neighbors in Monaca and Rochester plan funerals, visitations, and receptions, we see the overwhelming love people have for each other, as well as the …
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  • 5 Ways to Tell a Story Through a Funeral Reception
    Posted: 10/22/2019

    Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time. Stories define us, connect us, and help us heal. That’s why our caring team at Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services finds it so important to help families in the Monaca and Rochester areas tell stories about their loved ones in ways that are personal and meaningful. …
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  • Is a Funeral Worth the Hassle and Expense?
    Posted: 10/11/2019

    When a loved one dies, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the thought of planning a funeral or memorial service. The details, the cost, and the emotional investment may seem to add more stress to an already difficult situation. At Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, we know it’s extremely important to honor and celebrate the life of a loved …
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  • Our Family Serving Yours
    Posted: 09/17/2019

    Family-owned funeral homes, such as Simpson Funeral And Cremation Services, build their reputation by delivering on their promises. For the Simpson family, this means surpassing expectations as we serve our neighbors in Beaver County. Our family has owned and operated Simpson Funeral And Cremation Services since 1972. We realize our neighbors throughout the area trust our expert staff to walk alongside …
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  • I’m Not Sure Cremation is Right for Me. How Do I Decide?
    Posted: 09/11/2019

    In many Rochester and Monaca areas, family traditions are passed down from generation to generation. This is particularly the case when it comes to rites of passage. Think about how your family celebrates holidays, birthdays, graduations, and weddings. Chances are, there are certain foods you make, certain types of gifts you give, and even certain …
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  • Funeral Etiquette: What to Do and What Not to Do
    Posted: 08/23/2019

    Learning the ropes of how to behave appropriately at a funeral service can be tricky and possibly even awkward. As you navigate this process, remember that the family of the deceased person comes first. This is their time to show how important their loved one is to them and to express their love and appreciation …
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  • How to Talk to Your Parents About Preplanning
    Posted: 08/09/2019

    At Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, we’ve noticed in recent years that more and more people in the Monaca and Rochester areas are planning their own funeral. And some choose to do it rather early in life – many as soon as they retire. These people realize that not only are they taking the opportunity …
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  • Creating a Meaningful Tribute on a Budget
    Posted: 07/23/2019

    At Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, it’s our privilege to serve people from all faiths, cultural backgrounds, and walks of life. It does not matter what your needs or budget are, because we are going to help you craft a service that is memorable and personal. They say the best things in life are free, …
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  • 5 Tips for Helping Grieving Teens
    Posted: 07/09/2019

    Grief is overwhelming at any age, but the death of a loved one can be especially tough for teenagers, who are already dealing with the ups and downs of adolescence. Our staff at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services has a lot of experience planning funeral arrangements with families, and we realize trying to make sense …
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  • Empowering Those at the End of Their Lives Through Preplanning
    Posted: 06/20/2019

    People can be a little unsettled by a discussion about death, but it’s so important that end-of-life discussions happen for all Monaca and Rochester families, as well as between a family or individual and a trusted funeral home. From our experience at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, making prearrangements can be particularly beneficial, mentally and …
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  • The First 5 Things You Should Do When a Loved One Dies
    Posted: 06/13/2019

    If someone you love has just died, your head is probably spinning. Your life will never be the same, but there are some very practical things you need to handle. Here are the top five things the team at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services suggests you do after losing someone close to you. 1.) Report …
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  • Funeral Service Options: What is Best for My Loved One?
    Posted: 05/23/2019

    Planning a funeral involves many personal decisions concerning how you or your loved one wish to be laid to rest. We often hear questions from the Monaca and Rochester families we serve about the major differences between the funeral options we offer and what will fit best for their wishes, traditions, preferences, and budget. The …
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  • Veteran Burials – What You Need to Know
    Posted: 05/14/2019

    It’s the time of year when all Americans honor and remember our fallen heroes who served our country. If there’s anything we know about Beaver County families, it’s how patriotic they are! But for the family members and friends of these U.S. veterans, Memorial Day is especially meaningful. What once originated as Decoration Day, Memorial …
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  • Ideas for Reconnecting with Life After a Loss
    Posted: 04/23/2019

    It’s quite usual – and normal – for people who have suffered a loss to go into a kind of isolation. It’s common to feel tremendous sorrow and dislocation even long after the funeral service is over. The normal routines of life have been cruelly interrupted. At Simpson Funeral Home, we have witnessed this pain …
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  • Your Cremation Questions Answered
    Posted: 04/09/2019

    For families in Monaca and Beaver County, the choice of whether to have a traditional burial or cremation can be very personal. You have to take into consideration preferences, religious and cultural beliefs, and budget. At Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, we believe that ultimately you have decide what makes sense for you and your …
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  • 6 Reasons to Plan Your Own Funeral
    Posted: 03/22/2019

    Is it strange to plan your own funeral? We don’t think so. While no one likes to dwell on the idea of their own death, there are a number of advantages to preplanning with Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services. Some families we serve in Monaca and Rochester say it’s the greatest gift of love you …
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  • Why a Permanent Memorial is Always Important
    Posted: 03/08/2019

    Many Monaca families find that cremation best meets their family’s needs. Even if cremation is your loved one’s choice, we always try to stress the importance of establishing a permanent memorial for a loved one. We have found this can be very helpful to the grieving and healing process. An enduring honor to a family member …
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  • 4 Tips When It’s Time to Care for an Aging Parent
    Posted: 02/25/2019

    There is good news to share on the current health of our country: Americans are living longer than ever before.  With that news comes a caveat, in that longer life spans confront us with new, and often daunting, challenges…especially when it comes to caring for an aging family member. Sometimes, crisis strikes suddenly and responsibility …
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  • Love Lost: Is It Ever Too Soon to Move On?
    Posted: 02/11/2019

    There is an old German proverb that says, “The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.” If that’s true, how much more so is the pain after you lose a spouse or partner? The pain is so intense, there is a confirmed phenomenon called the “widowhood effect,” although it applies …
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  • Top Three Myths About Preplanning
    Posted: 01/23/2019

    In life, we are almost always planning ahead for our future. It may be planning toward a personal goal or planning for the next phase of life. The families we serve here in Monaca, Rochester and Beaver are particularly goal-oriented. We set a plan, so we can know where we’re headed. Planning relieves stress and …
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  • Surviving the Winter Blues
    Posted: 01/09/2019

    The winter months can get hard and maybe even depressing, as the days get shorter and the temperature dips. This can be more prevalent if you’ve recently lost a loved one. Here at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, we are here to help. It is important to try and keep your spirits up, even amid …
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  • Managing Grief During the Holidays
    Posted: 12/17/2018

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy. Despite all of the family togetherness and holiday cheer, this time of year can be very painful for those who have lost a loved one. Even the most wonderful traditions – the annual family Christmas party, a friendly gift exchange, or the sparkling tree …
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  • Does It Matter If I Attend the Funeral?
    Posted: 12/07/2018

    Today, like never before, family and friends are spread out all over the country. School, jobs, or just personal preferences can cause us to move hundreds or thousands of miles away from each other. Combine distance with work or family responsibilities and financial or health issues, and getting together for a funeral can prove to …
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  • Social Media Do’s and Don’t’s: 4 Tips to Know Before You Post
    Posted: 11/27/2018

    Social media has enriched our lives in a lot of different ways. We’ve all heard the stories about the high school sweethearts who reconnected on Facebook and lived happily ever. Many of us who live here in Monaca, Beaver County, and northwest Pittsburgh have loved ones spread across the country with whom we are able …
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  • A Tribute to Veterans
    Posted: 11/15/2018

    November 11th, just passed, is the day we set aside to honor American veterans who have honorably served or are currently serving our great country. All Americans publicly observe and honor these valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the U.S. Armed Forces who all share a dedication to the defense of freedom. …
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  • How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful
    Posted: 10/31/2018

    Years ago, there was one factor that kept many Monaca families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral. People believed that if they chose cremation, they could not have a funeral service that was meaningful and told the story of their loved one’s life. Of course, this is not true.  Funeral traditions are …
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  • Personalization: Show What Made Your Loved One Special
    Posted: 10/22/2018

    At Simpson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, we believe every life in Monaca, Beaver County, and northwest Pittsburgh represents a unique story. When it comes time to say goodbye to your loved one, our goal is to help you tell their own story in the most meaningful, personal way possible. Our trained staff will spend …
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  • What Do I Do If My Loved One Passes Away While Traveling?
    Posted: 09/30/2018

    The world gets smaller every day. No one understands this more than those of us who live in the diverse area of Monaca, Beaver County, and northwest Pittsburgh, with people living and visiting here from every corner of the globe. More people are traveling and spending longer periods of time away from home. People are …
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  • Can I Wear Color to a Funeral? And Other Funeral Etiquette Questions
    Posted: 09/25/2018

    At Simpson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, we have heard many questions from Monaca, Beaver County, and other northwest Pittsburgh communities about what is appropriate to wear and say at a funeral. Everyone is different, and each person’s life can be celebrated in a unique manner. It’s a big reason why we provide personalized funeral …
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  • How Much Does a Funeral Cost?
    Posted: 08/28/2018

    For many Monaca and Beaver County families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during a most difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost more than they …
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  • Creating Meaningful Receptions
    Posted: 08/10/2018

    Receptions are an important part of the healing process. They allow Monaca and Beaver County families to come together and support one another in a relaxed atmosphere, laugh about the good times with their loved one, and appreciate the moments they shared with them. At a funeral or memorial service, the reception should be a …
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  • Q&A – What Are My Options for Burial?
    Posted: 07/27/2018

    One of the most important decisions Monaca families make when it comes time to plan a funeral for someone they love, or for themselves when preplanning, is choosing a final resting place. There are many preferences, cultural elements, and religious requirements that can go into such a decision, and the team at Simpson Funeral & …
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  • The Many Options That Come with Cremation
    Posted: 07/06/2018

    Years ago, there was one factor that kept many families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral: People used to believe that if they chose cremation they could not have a funeral service, or if they did, it wouldn’t be as meaningful as it might be with traditional burial. When you choose Simpson …
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  • The Difference Family Ownership Makes
    Posted: 06/22/2018

    When the time comes that someone you love dies, you want to be certain the funeral home you choose cares enough about you to do all it takes to understand what is important to your family. Some funeral service providers here in Monaca, Freedom, Rochester, and surrounding Beaver County communities are owned by large corporations …
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  • Your Family’s Wishes vs. Your Wishes
    Posted: 06/08/2018

    One of the primary benefits to planning your own funeral is having the ability to make your wishes known. Your family, no doubt, wants to honor you by fulfilling your final wishes, and preplanning allows you to communicate those desires to them clearly. If for any reason, there could be confusion about the way you …
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  • What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?
    Posted: 05/25/2018

    When our country is in peril, Americans – and especially those from Monaca, Rochester, Freedom, and Aliquippa – are quick to rally to her aid. When we’ve been attacked, our men and women fight with uncommon valor. During times of crisis, our patriotic emotions are there for all to see. We wear our colors and …
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  • Top Three Myths About Preplanning
    Posted: 05/04/2018

    In life, we are almost always planning ahead for our future. Planning toward a personal goal or planning for the next phase of life. We set a plan so we can know where we’re headed. Many Beaver County families plan because it relieves stress and answers many questions ahead of time. One thing people do …
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  • The Many Ways to Personalize a Loved One’s Farewell
    Posted: 04/30/2018

    For many of the families we serve in Monaca, Freedom, Rochester, and surrounding Beaver County communities, a memento of a loved one can be incredibly comforting in the days and months following a death. With many memorial items to choose from at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, you are sure to find something that represents …
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  • Announcing Our New Blog!
    Posted: 04/19/2018

    Welcome to the new Simpson Funeral Home and Cremation Services blog! If this is your first time stopping by, we hope you’ll spend some time getting to know us, including the many ways we can serve Monaca and Beaver County families. We’re so excited about the opportunity to interact with our friends and neighbors through …
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