Choosing cremation is one of many options that can be selected as part of a funeral service. Before you make a final choice, we offer the following information to assist you.
What is it?
Cremation uses high heat to return the body to its natural components. It is an age-old practice used around the world. Before cremation, the body must be placed in a container that is designed to be consumed in the process. Following cremation, the remains are placed in a container called an urn. Urns come in a variety of shapes, designs and prices.
Cremation provides an unlimited time to decide on what type of funeral service is desired and the ultimate disposition of the ashes. We offer counseling on all these possibilities and also provide the facility for family and friends to assemble to honor their loved one.
What choices accompany cremation?
There are a number of different funeral service options you can choose:
- A traditional public visitation with the body present, at the funeral home with a religious service following. The deceased loved one is then taken to the crematory instead of the cemetery. The ashes are buried at a later date.
- A private viewing with the body present, at the funeral home or church with a religious service. The deceased is then taken to the crematory. The ashes are given back to the family for them to keep.
- A public visitation with the urn can be held at the funeral home with a memorial service following. Then the urn can be taken directly to the cemetery for burial.
- A private viewing with an urn can be held at the funeral home or church with a religious service following. Then the urn will go with the family to be burial or scattered at a later date.
- A public or private viewing can be held at the funeral home with nothing but pictures and personal items present.
We can help arrange any combination of these services to make it personable and special.
Scattering of Ashes
When you are thinking of scattering of ashes, consider this carefully, since the process cannot be undone. If you are of the Roman Catholic religion, the church recommends that the ashes be buried.