Neptune Cremation Service at Milmont Park – William Rafferty, Jr., Supervisor

Milmont Park

800 West Mac Dade Blvd. Suite A
Milmont Park, PA 19033

Recent Testimonials from Pennsylvania Families Served

My husband just recently passed away, and Bill Rafferty made this process a little more tolerable. He was genuine, and honest at a time when I needed it most. Bill helped me with so much more than just cremation. He made me aware of what the next steps were, and helped if not did them for me! Bill was highly recommended to me by the community and township Police.  In your time of grief everyone needs Neptune, and Bill Rafferty

Jen B.
Milmont Park, PA

Places to Scatter Ashes in Pennsylvania

Cook Forest

Two hours north of Pittsburgh, this beautiful 11,500-acre state park is filled with hills, white pine and hemlock trees, and the Clarion River. You can hike, though one of the best ways to experience Cook Forest is to kayak or canoe down the river.

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Allegheny National Forest

Pennsylvania’s only national forest, the Allegheny is at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is known for its old-growth forest, whose changing colors in the fall provide spectacular views from the many overlooks throughout the forest.

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Ricketts Glen State Park

The 13,000-acre park is a National Natural Landmark, known for its old-growth forest and 24 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, each unique and providing tranquil resting stops along the trail. Diverse wildlife adds to the park’s beauty.

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Worlds End State Park

Just south of Forksville and surrounded by the Loyalsock State Forest, the 780-acre park is mountainous, full of foliage and diverse wildlife, and has some great areas for boating in the mountain steam. The best times to visit for scenic views are in June, when the mountain laurels bloom, and in October, for fall foliage. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources describes the park as “virtually in a class by itself.”

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes. Use common sense and refrain from scattering in places where they would be obvious to others.

Pennsylvania Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania offers burial benefits to those who are already receiving assistance through Social Security or who are eligible for cash benefits through the Department of Human Services before death. Nursing home residents who have received state or SSI assistance since 1973 are also eligible. The program is administered through county Human Services offices.

What is state cremation rate?

Pennsylvania cremation rate is 51-60%, according to 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Pennsylvania?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.

How many funeral homes are there in Pennsylvania?

There are 1798 funeral homes in 735 cities of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Facts

State nickname: Keystone State, Quaker State

State motto: Virtue, Liberty and Independence.

Population: 12,009,000

State animal: Whitetail deer

State bird: Ruffed grouse

State tree: Hemlock

State flower: Mountain Laurel

Bonus fact 1: The Philadelphia Zoo was the first public zoo in the United States and was founded by Benjamin Franklin.

Bonus fact 2: The polio vaccine was created in Pittsburgh in 1955. Children in the city were the first to be given the new vaccine.

Bonus fact 3: Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Washington County, Pennsylvania, is the oldest-known site of human habitation in North America dating back 16,000 years.

Bonus fact 4: The world’s first commercial radio station, KDKA, began broadcasting in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2, 1920. The first programming was announcing the presidential election results.

Bonus fact 5: The Warner Brothers got their start leasing the Cascade Theater in New Castle from 1906-1907. They borrowed chairs from the nearby funeral home, but had to return them (and thus were not able to show films) when someone died.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2018.