We offer elegant Cremation Funerals and Cremation Memorials
A cremation does not affect a standard funeral. The cremation process is the incineration of a body and conversion to ashes for storage in a columbarium or for scattering.
After the deceased has been cremated, there are a variety of ways that the persona can be memorialized ranging from headstones to gardens, rememberance stones and more.
Cremation Funeral Service
To consider all of the options and make the most appropriate choice, it can be helpful to answer the questions we provide about a cremation funeral service. Once you’ve considered the choices available, you will be able to make a decision about the cremation plans and the cremation products needed to be purchased.
Types Of Services for Cremation
Just like with burial, there can be any type of service desired with a cremation. Some people incorrectly think that having a cremation means that a traditional funeral service cannot be had. This is not true and in fact, most cremations commonly occur after a traditional funeral. Another option is to have a direct cremation (with no prior funeral service) that is then followed by a memorial service.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself about the future cremation and funeral service:
- If you want a funeral service before the cremation, where and when do you want the funeral service to occur?
- If you want a memorial service after the cremation, where and when do want the memorial service to occur?
- If you plan to bury or entomb the cremated remains, do you want a service for the interment?
If you plan is to burying the cremated remains (in a cemetery, a columbarium, or another appropriate location) ya service around the interment, called a graveside service can be had.
Handling The Remains
There are a number of options in terms of what can be done with cremated remains. The cremated remains are typically placed in a cemetery (either burried in a plot in the ground or interred in what is called a columbarium), the remains can be kept in an urn or other container, or the ashes can be scattered in an appropriate location. There are an increasing number of non-traditional ways cremated remains can be used, such as being turned into jewelry, placed into trees, turned into plant fertilizer, made into an artificial underwater reef, or even placed into fireworks, or launched into space. Here are some important questions to answer:
- Do you want the cremated remains be buried in a cemetery? Does a cemetery have specific requirements?
- Do you want the remains to be buried? Will a plot at a cemetery need to purchased?
- Do you want the remains to be entombed? Will a space in a columbarium niche need to be purchased?
- Do you want the cremated remains be kept by family or friends? Who would you like to store the urn?
- Do you want the cremated remains be scattered? Where?
Cremation Urns and Products
The products needed to be purchased for a cremation depends on both preferences and the sort of service that will be had.
- If there will be a funeral service before the cremation, a casket will be needed. A casket can be purchased that will be used both for the funeral and then the cremation.
- After cremation, what sort of container will the ashes to be stored (will the remains be kept by family or friends) or buried?
- If the remains will be buried, are there cemetery requirements concerning outer burial containers or headstones and grave markers?
Compared to burial, cremation is a more affordable option. In most cases, this is true. (The cost of direct cremation is significantly lower than a traditional funeral with a cemetery burial.) If cost is a concern, it could be a solid idea to have an idea as to how much money will be spent on a cremation and the memorial service before signing any contracts.
How To Arrange A Cremation
If a funeral service is planned to occur before the cremation, you’ll need to work with a funeral home. A funeral home funeral director can help to plan the service and coordinate with the crematory that will do the cremation. We work with a variety of funeral home directors. If a direct cremation or a cremation followed by a memorial service is being planned, then you can work with a crematory directly. Certain states do have laws about who can legally coordinate a cremation. In some states, a funeral director must legally make the arrangements.
Certain religions or cultures have strict requirements for cremation and some religions completely forbid cremation, while others require it. If there will be religious or cultural traditions observed, then such rules may influence the choices for internment. Many crematories allow family members to be present during the cremation. If you are interested in the cremation being watched, then such arrangements need to be made with us ahead of time.