The Choice to Cremate
Although the reasons to choose cremation as a final method of disposition vary, cremation rates are on the rise both locally and nationwide. Often the decision for cremation is based on family traditions, personal beliefs, convenience, and cost. Cremation does not limit one’s choices for a funeral; in fact, it increases one’s options. Cremation can be just one part in a series of events that leads to memorialization.
With a cremation there are many different service options:
- Traditional Funeral
- Modified Traditional Service
- Memorial Service
- Celebration of Life
- Direct Cremation with no services
- Veteran Military Service
Making Cremation Arrangements in Advance
The decision to pre-plan (putting your wishes in writing before the need arises) or pre-arranging (establishing a trust fund that will guarantee the cost of the services and merchandise provided by the funeral home) is not always an easy one to make, but it has many benefits. Letting your wishes be known is especially important when your personal choice for disposition is cremation. Preparing and formalizing this decision for cremation can benefit both you and your loved ones.
Choosing an Urn
The next of kin has legal authority to decide what to do with the cremains. The funeral home has a display of beautiful urns for purchase. The urn can be kept by the family, or it can be interred in a grave, in a cemetery, or in a columbarium. Families may choose to divide the cremains among family members in keepsake urns.
Cremation and the Grieving Process
Cremation without a viewing or memorial service can leave an emotional void for some family members. Any type of memorialization services is an important part of the grieving process. We encourage you to discuss all of your memorialization options with your funeral director.