Funeral & Cremation Options

Cremation Options

Cremation in no way prevents family and friends from participating in the traditions, ceremonies, or rituals of a funeral service.

Simplicity, environmental concerns, and flexibility in ceremony planning add to its increasing selection. Some choose cremation for economic reasons.

The Funeral Service and Cremation

As with the option of burial, cremation can occur after a traditional funeral celebrating the life of the deceased where the casket is present at one's place of worship or a funeral home chapel. Often times the only difference between a funeral celebration followed by a burial and one followed by cremation, is that the body is taken to the crematory after the services instead of the cemetery.

The Memorial Service and Cremation

The memorial serve, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance, only without the body present. A family may choose to have the cremation process take place and then hold a service in a church or at the funeral home with the cremated remains displayed in the selected urn. The urn is usually placed on a table with a portrait of the deceased and a vase of flowers or other floral tributes.

Direct Cremation

As the name implies, direct cremation takes place shortly following death without any scheduled viewing or services.

Final Disposition of Cremated Remains

Listed below are some of the options with regard to cremated remains:

  • It is common to bury an urn in a grave space just as you would bury a casket. This allows families to remain together in a burial plot. The site then affords the surviving family a place for visitation and memorialization.
  • Urns may be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum
  • Some people prefer to keep the cremated remains in their personal possession and will select an urn reflective of the deceased as a permanent keepsake.
  • Scattering of cremated remains may be selected. Careful consideration of this option is recommended since it is irreversible and there also may be legal ramifications.

Religions and Cremation

With the exception of the Orthodox Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Islamic and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths, most faiths and religions allow cremation.


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