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Cremation Options

Urn for Ashes After Cremation at Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park

While traditional burials are still the most popular funeral option in the country, cremation is starting to become more mainstream. This is because cremation is more cost-effective, simpler, and better for the environment as well. We encourage you to consider cremation as an option.


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.



Your Loved One Never Leaves Our Care

When your loved one arrives at Leavitt’s, they will immediately be given a metal ID tag and tracking number. This system includes arrival date, time and our technician’s name, and it allows us to keep track of them at every stage of the process. Personal items are logged in at this stage for return to the family.


Personalization

Every person is unique. That’s why creativity is key in all of our cremation arrangements. We can help you create healing memories with flowers, special music pieces such as a bugler or bagpiper, or even dove, balloon, or butterfly releases. All funeral messaging can be created with custom printing options.

Design a farewell that is as dignified and respectful as a traditional service. There are as many ways as there are wishes at Leavitt’s.


For Those Who Choose Scattering

Scattering of ashes is a significant ceremony that is rich in meaning for both the deceased and the living. Ashes can be simply poured and scattered on land or sea, if permitted by local laws. This process is important to discuss in advance with both those who will be scattering the ashes, as well as your funeral director. We want to make sure that along with a sense of closure, you also receive a permanent memorial for family and friends, if that’s important to you.


Preplanning

You can preplan your own cremation, just like you would a traditional funeral, and by preplanning with Leavitt’s Mortuary you can eliminate the need for your grieving family to have to guess at your wishes or to hunt for a crematorium they can trust. Both you and your loved ones will rest assured knowing you are in good hands when the time comes to say goodbye.

Cremation costs also continue to rise as it becomes a more popular choice, so you can save by planning yours now and locking in today’s price. This way, you are in control.

Click here to begin preplanning your cremation.

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