Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but is a form of disposition of the deceased person’s body. Therefore, whether cremation or burial follows, a funeral service is of great value. Funerals are for the living and not for the dead, and give the grieving family, friends and community the opportunity to pay tribute to the life as well as comforting one another. So regardless of the choice of disposition of the deceased, we recommend that you consider a meaningful service, which may be religious, secular, or spiritual. A traditional service would be held after which the deceased would be taken for cremation.
A memorial service following cremation
Some families opt to have a memorial service, which only differs from other services inasmuch as it is held after the cremation has taken place. The ashes may be present in an urn, or not at all, depending on circumstances and preferences. Some feel that having a memorial service gives better opportunity to celebrate the person’s life. Regardless, it is important when someone dies to do something to honor their life, to acknowledge how our lives have changed, and comfort and assist one another in the process of going on.
The final resting place
There are many options for a final resting place for cremated remains. They can be placed in a mausoleum niche or interred in an urn vault in a cemetery. We would be happy to discuss all the options with you, as well as the importance of having a “final resting place” for your loved one.
ScatteringIf your desire is to scatter your loved one's ashes, we would be pleased to discuss those options with you. We can provide you with scattering urns and share some of the laws, safeguards and considerations regarding this decision.
Cremation Options Video