Why Cremation? - People choose cremation for a variety of reasons. Some do so based on environmental considerations. Others have philosophical or religious reasons. Still others choose cremation because they feel it is simpler and less complicated. Whatever the reason, we're here to help you with any questions you may have regarding cremation.
A Variety Of Options - Many people believe that choosing cremation means limiting your options. Actually, there are a variety of options available with cremation. Most families hold services, which help the bereaved cope with the loss of a loved one. Many people find that opting for cremation gives them the opportunity to create and personalize the various service options for a more meaningful experience. Cremation offers families choices for final disposition of the cremated remains. And with cremation you have the opportunity to select form a wide array of caskets and urns.
The Funeral Director's Role in Cremation - Your funeral director is available to answer any questions about the cremation process or procedure and provide you with guidance throughout the entire planning process. He or she is there to assist you with whatever products and services you determine are appropriate and desirable. In addition, the funeral director can advise you on the final disposition of the cremated remains.
Gatherings and Ceremonies - The greatest misunderstanding about cremation is the belief that with cremation, there is no need for services. However, a service or memorial ceremony is an important step in helping the bereaved overcome their grief, and offers family and friends the opportunity to honor a loved one.
Throughout the ages, people have relied on the comforting rituals and ceremonies of funeral and memorial services to help them through their grief. The value of those services hold true today for those who choose cremation.
Gathering together for a service acknowledges the grief of relatives and friends by helping them feel included in the grieving process. Gatherings also allow loved ones to share stories, give eulogies and otherwise reaffirm the value the deceased person had in others' lives. And, most important of all, these gatherings help the immediate family begin the healing process.
Types Of Services - Services or ceremonies can precede or follow the actual cremation. Prior to cremation, there may be a gathering, which can be either public or private, with an open or closed casket.
When the service follows the cremation, a receptacle (or urn) containing the cremated remains may take a place of prominence. Following the ceremony, the final disposition of the cremated remains takes place.
Ceremonies can be simple, contemporary, religious or secular. Music, readings, stories and poetry can be added to personalize the event to both reflect on and celebrate the life that was lived. Some families arrange a memorial table with personal items that reflect the personality, accomplishments and interests of the person's life, allowing others to share positive and happy memories. Most services, with the exception of some religious ceremonies, can be held in the funeral home. This enable the staff to assist with the many details involved.