Cremation Information

Cremation Questions

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

As more people are choosing cremation, funeral service professionals are striving to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are for a funeral service. Often funeral directors find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. Therefore, they request direct cremation and deny the surviving friends and family an opportunity to honor them with a memorial service. In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. Like funerals, cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn’t mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial that is personalized to reflect the life of the deceased could include:

  • A visitation prior to the service
  • An open or closed casket
  • Special music
  • A ceremony at the funeral chapel, your place of worship or other special location
  • Participation by friends and family

Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden.

Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds.

Where can I get more information on cremation?

We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral or memorial service with a cremation. For more technical information about the cremation process, we encourage you to view information on-line at the National Funeral Directors Association’s website at .

Why Cremation?

People choose cremation for a variety of reasons.  Some do so based on environmental considerations.  Others have philosophical or religious reasons.   Still others choose cremation because they feel it is simpler and less complicated.   Whatever the reason, we’re here to help you with any questions you may have regarding cremation.

A Variety of Options

Many people believe that choosing cremation means limiting your options.  Actually, there are a variety of options available with cremation. Most families hold services, which help the bereaved cope with the loss of a loved one.   Many people find that opting for cremation gives them the opportunity to create and personalize the various service options for a more meaningful experience.  Cremation offers families choices for final disposition of the cremated remains.  And with cremation you have the opportunity to select from a wide array of caskets and urns.

Types of Services

Services or ceremonies can precede or follow the actual cremation.  Prior to cremation, there may be a gathering, which can be either public or private, with an open or closed casket.

When the service follows the cremation, a receptacle (or urn) containing the cremated remains may take a place of prominence.  Following the ceremony, the final disposition of the cremated remains takes place.

Ceremonies can be simple, contemporary, religious or secular.  Music, readings, stories and poetry can be added to personalize the event to both reflect on and celebrate the life that was lived.  Some families arrange a memorial table with personal items that reflect the personality, accomplishments and interests of the person’s life, allowing others to share positive and happy memories.  Most services can be held in the funeral home.  This enables the staff to assist with the many details involved.

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