Cremation is one of several ways to complete the disposition of the body. The choice of cremation does not limit the options available. If you choose cremation, a funeral or memorial service is appropriate and recommended. Survivors still need the time to grieve and say good-bye.
Some of the options available for those choosing cremation are:
- Traditional funeral service followed by cremation. While any casket may be used if cremation is desired, we do have several caskets which may be lower in price than other caskets we sell, as well as an oak rental casket which contains a cremation liner.
- Memorial service following cremation. This is the same type of ceremony as a funeral ceremony except that instead of the presence of a casket, an urn containing the cremated remains may be present.
- Private family viewing followed by cremation. Viewing the body helps the family accept that death has occurred and allows them the opportunity to say good-bye.
- Direct Cremation. The body is cremated shortly after death and the cremated remains are placed in an urn or other container. There is no viewing or visitation.
There are numerous options available for the disposition of cremated remains, and include the following:
- Interment in an existing family plot. Most cemeteries permit the burial of both a casket and single cremated remains in the same grave space. They also have cremation plots available which are smaller in size and allow for the burial of two cremated remains. Some cemeteries require the cremated remains be placed in an urn vault prior to burial. Having remains interred on cemetery grounds ensures that future generations will have a place to go to remember the deceased and also allows them to place a memorial of some type on the grave.
- Interment in a columbarium. A columbarium may be located within a mausoleum or chapel or may be free-standing, either indoor or outdoor, and is constructed of numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. Each niche is identified with a plaque of some type containing the name of the deceased.
- Family retention of the cremated remains is an option for many families. An urn suitable for placement on a mantle or shelf may be selected. The cremated remains may be divided and placed in one or more portion urns, or in keepsake jewelry, which is then given to each family member.
- Scattering in a place meaningful to the family may be done if permitted by local regulations. Keep in mind however that future access to the area may be restricted because of development or other conditions which may arise. Once scattered, cremated remains cannot easily be retrieved. If scattering is desired, it is important to have this decision made known ahead of time to the person responsible for the scattering. Funeral homes do not participate in the scattering of cremated remains.
Generally speaking, the cost for a cremation service versus a traditional service is less. The expense for burial of cremated remains is less than for that of casketed remains. The vault cost, if a vault is required, is less for cremated remains than for casketed remains. Cost is also reduced by utilizing either an options casket or a rental casket. Because there are so many variables with cremation, we would need to know more precisely what the family desires before being able to give you an estimate of the costs involved.
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