What Is Cremation?
If you’re unfamiliar with cremation, it is simply a heat-based process of changing a deceased person to ash and particulate matter. The process is clean, safe, and uses no chemicals, so it is far more environmentally friendly than embalming. We know that this process may be unfamiliar to some of our clients, so we offer tours of the facility for anyone who is interested, letting them see exactly how it is done to provide some level of comfort about it.
Cremation and Funerals
If you choose to get a cremation, it in no way affects the funeral proceedings. You can opt out of having a funeral and simply cremate the body and do what you wish with the ashes, but you also are more than welcome to have a full-featured funeral as you would with a traditional burial. It is possible to have a wake and visitation hours prior to the cremation so people can have their final moments to say goodbye, or you can have the cremation first so just the urn is present at the ceremony. No matter what your wishes, we can ensure the cremation and funeral process is carried out without a hitch and honors your loved ones.
Memorialization Options for Cremations
Memorialization is an important part of any funeral service. It involves having a final resting place for the cremated body where people can visit and remember the person they lost. Just because a body is cremated instead of buried traditionally doesn’t mean that options like this aren’t possible. You can still have a burial with an urn, where the cremated remains are put in the ground at a family site. Because of their small size, they can go at the head or foot of a plot. Urns can also be displayed in outdoor areas at a cemetery for viewing. Some families choose to scatter the ashes, which can be a beautiful and symbolic ceremony carried out at a meaningful location for the deceased. We can help you find out if the place you want to scatter allows it and how to set up the event properly. If you choose to scatter the ashes, you will of course have an option to take home the urn as a keepsake if you desire. Another beautiful, custom option we offer for clients is the ability to have the deceased’s name put on a memorial of some kind, such as a tree or bench in their favorite park. We can also have custom urns or storage items made to hold ashes that you can display elegantly in your home.
No matter what the wishes of your loved one, we can ensure that the cremation service will be a respectful and honorable sendoff for the person you’ve lost.