Cremation

Cremation is the second most common form of final disposition of human remains in north America. The cremation process reduces the body to a powdery substance called “ashes” or “cremains”. After the cremation the ashes can be placed in an urn and can be buried in a cemetery plot or niche. Some families choose to keep the urn with ashes in their home or plan a time to scatter them in a special place.

Cremation can occur after a viewing, funeral wake, home going celebration or before a memorial service.

To help families make informed decisions, we take the time to educate our customers on the cremation options and the merchandise we offer such as cremation urns, urn vaults, keepsake urns and other containers.


Cremation Options

 Not only is the rate of cremation increasing but the options of cremation services are expanding as well.  The following is a listing of cremation services most requested:

 Direct cremation

This selection occurs when there is no desire to have viewing or gathering of family and friends.  The deceased person is taken into our care and cremated immediately without any type of extended service.  The ashes, or cremains, are usually kept by the next of kin or designated person, and placed into a personally selected permanent urn.

 Private farewell with a cremation

This option, similar to direct cremation, is chosen to give loved ones, the immediate family of the deceased, an opportunity to say goodbye prior to the individual being cremated.

 Public viewing with cremation

Similar to the private farewell ceremony, this service is desired to allow both family and friends to say goodbye and to pay their respects in a public setting before the person is cremated.

 Cremation with a memorial service

With this selection, the deceased person is directly cremated and a time and place of gathering is planned for the purpose of family and friends to assemble together to reminisce, tell stories and to celebrate a life that has been lived.


 


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Memorial service with a burial of cremains following the service

This selection involves the actual burial of the cremated remains.  Usually this will occur after the memorial service has taken place, either on the same day or at another time.

Traditional funeral with a viewing and cremation following the service

This service is selected when there is to be a viewing/visitation and funeral service held publicly either at the funeral home, church or place of your choice.  Thus the cremation takes place instead of a traditional burial.  And like the memorial service, this ceremony permits family and friends to gather together to remember, honor, and to celebrate the life of your loved one.

*Please note that with any of the above selections, due to the finality of cremation, the actual cremation process itself can not occur until after all necessary authorizations from the next of kin, county coroner or medical examiner have been obtained.

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