Whether you prefer a funeral with many guests or a simple service for a few close friends and family, Burton can help you plan the service that celebrates your loved one's life in a special and meaningful way.
You can choose when and where to hold the service. You can choose the music, the prayers and the personal touches as well. We are here to honor your wishes and offer guidance if needed.
If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call us at 814-454-4551.
Here is a range of personalized services we can provide.
This service includes embalming, services of funeral director and staff, one day of viewing hours, and the funeral service at the funeral home or the local church of your choice. We also provide a register book, memorial folders, acknowledgement cards, and the necessary transportation to and from locations. Your floral tributes will be displayed. You can also bring in photographs and other memorabilia to personalize your service and honor your loved one. Burton will arrange and coordinate all of the details for you.
A graveside service is an optional ceremony conducted at the burial site of your loved one.
A personalized memorial service can be held at Burton in one of our all-faith chapels or at an off-site location of your choice.
A video tribute is a custom designed presentation of photos, poems, and artwork that is set to music and played during visiting hours at the funeral home to help family and friends recall the life of your loved one. After the funeral, the video tribute is yours to keep as a treasured keepsake.
Every family is different. Funeral ceremonies can be tailored to your religious and cultural traditions, budget, and personal preferences.
Burton Funeral Homes offers a variety of professional cremation services. We have our own on-site crematory, so you can be assured your loved one will be treated with the utmost respect from the moment he or she enters our care.
Even though you choose cremation, your loved one’s body can still be present for viewing, publicly or privately, during visiting hours or before the service. Or you can choose to have your loved one’s ashes present at the funeral home, church, or off-site memorial service.
After cremation, you can choose to keep the ashes, scatter them, bury them, or place them in a niche in a columbarium or mausoleum.
Burton offers a complete selection of cremation urns through our Ericson Memorial Studios and Erie City Memorials. We have beautiful urns to keep in your home or display in a niche. We have plain urns for burial and we can also can provide ashes in a simple box.
Headstones and memorial markers are available through Ericson and Erie City Memorials.
Note: Some restrictions exist on scattering ashes. Also, the Roman Catholic Church recently issued new guidelines on cremated remains. We can provide you with the details.
If your loved one is to be buried, you can choose to have the casket present at the funeral home and during services, or not. If you prefer no viewing, you can choose whether the body is embalmed or not.
Burton has a wide range of caskets from which to choose. We can guide you through the selection process based on your needs and preference.
We can help make all of the arrangements at the cemetery as well. Headstones and memorial markers are available through our Ericson Memorial Studios and Erie City Memorials.
Green Burials (Eco-friendly Funerals)
Burton provides a range of eco-friendly funeral services. We offer formaldehyde-free embalming and eco-friendlly cosmetics. No embalming is also an option if you choose no open-casket viewing.
Eco-friendly caskets made from sustainable, nontoxic, biodegradeable materials are also available. We also have cremation urns come in a wide variety of eco-friendly styles.
As a convenience to families of veterans, Burton will take care of ordering military honors at the cemetery, ordering interment or inurnment in a National Cemetery and applying for VA survivor and burial benefits. This is a small token of our appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who have served in the military. Click here to read more about veteran benefits.
Social Security Benefits
In order to receive Social Security Survivors' Benefits, you must apply through the Social Security Administration. Click here for more information.
The Burton Funeral Home at West 10th & Cherry has an excellent, free lending library with a wide selection of books covering grief, bereavement, coping and healing.
Our West County location in Girard hosts a grief support group for people who have suffered a loss. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 525 Main Street East in Girard. For more information call 814-774-3603. Click here for links to other local and national organizations who can assist you through the grieving process.
For more information and planning assistance, please call us at 814-454-4551.
Dear Bill and Staff
Thank you for your guidance in planning the funeral for my mother.
Everything was done with care and respect.
The service in your chapel and the Mass at St. Julia were very comforting to our family.
July 20, 2018
Dear Bill, Patty and all at Burton Westlake,
Thank you for making it easy during the loss of my mom. The pre-planning we did really paid off. Everything was beautiful and very well done. I would recommend Burton Funeral services any time.
July 22, 2018
Dear Karen, I am so sorry this is late coming but I wanted to express to you how kind you were to my daughter on the loss of her baby. You are such a warm and caring person.
“Mark O. was wonderful!! Very kind and professional!” – Katie
“The Burton Funeral Home did a great job as to wishes of deceased.” – Darcy
“Once again Burton was very helpful and caring during a difficult time.” – Nicole
October 26, 2019
“To: Peter, There are many words I could use to express my appreciation! I want to thank you! Words can’t express how grateful I am for what you have done for my mom!
To have her look her best for the Lord, and letting me see her and to honor her. You made this happen. Your staff is a gift from God.
I never wanted this day to come so fast. When I came to Erie with my mom I had hopes and dreams for a better life. But she became ill. I had to put her in a nursing home. I never want to be without her love.
My mom, I wanted to honor her the way a daughter should. God knew this was the place for her. Many people need to know about this place. A tear comes down my face, I am blessed to know you and your staff.”
I want to personally thank you all for your help with my mothers funeral.
Thanks to your diligent effort, the white bird release at the cemetery was very touching.
I also cannot begin to tell you how many people commented on what a nice newspaper writeup you did for moms obituary. I, along with my family appreciate your and everyone's endeavor to help us get through this difficult period.
August 13, 2018
Not many people today are appreciated for the jobs they do. It has taken me this long but wanted to let you all know I appreciate you taking care of my dog and spelling his names correctly.
He was truly a service animal but will never get the full recognition he deserved for it.
Thank you for all you do.
March 22, 2018
All member at Burton’s on West 10th Street were very humble. I couldn’t thank them enough. Highly recommend.
July 29, 2018
To the Staff of Burton Funeral Homes and Crematory,
I am so thankful for your kindness and care for my companion and friend. He was not just an ordinary pet he was an extraordinary, local, gentle sweet service dog who helped me with balance and support for almost six years. Thank you for helping us have him close by.
July 28, 2018
A note to say thank you for the Christmas Stockings! Our Veterans were touched, pleased and happy!
This was wonderful, thoughtful and very generous of all those who made this event happen.
We want to extend our appreciation to all of you, your thoughtfulness and time has made Christmas special to many Veterans!
April 5, 2018