Some regard cremation as an alternative to a funeral, when in reality it’s an alternative to burial or entombment. Families selecting cremation actually have many options for services.
The same options available with earth burial are available with cremation. Some of these choices include:
Generally, the same visitation and service is held and then, instead of going to the cemetery, we proceed to the crematorium.
Cremation doesn’t limit the opportunity for gathering, viewing and a service, whether it be formal or contemporary. Most religions and cultures prefer this. It’s important to remember that cremation is just the initial means of disposition. The final disposition must also take place when cremation has been selected. The cremated body is often placed in an urn which is interred in the ground or placed in columbarium.
In rare cases, where religion, legislation and bylaws allow, the cremated body is scattered upon private property. This is not the preferred method of final disposition as it does not allow for a formal place of memorialization. Since the cremated remains are in fact, the body in a different form, they must always be treated with reverence.
In some cases, services are held after the cremation procedure and the urn containing the cremated body is present. We would be happy to discuss this with you in person, and answer any questions you might have.