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Some families choose cremation services. What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you.
Cremation does not limit choices, and it may actually increase the options available. Cremation is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.
Choosing cremation neither eliminates, nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. The service may be elaborate and non-traditional, or it may be simple and traditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. We are here to assist in any and all of your needs.
The Traditional Cremation Service will be just like a Traditional Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated with the use of a rental casket or a cremation casket, which is more simply designed to be cremated.
Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns may be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
The Immediate Cremation Service may be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If there is to be a long delay then embalming would be encouraged. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss.
A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, without any formal services before or after the cremation itself.
Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.
Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, to place them in a niche, or to properly scatter the remains.
Choosing cremation is a highly personal decision. We want you to be confident that your cremation provider is someone you can trust. To ensure your trust, we own and operate our own crematory.
Your deceased family member never leaves our care
We are among the very few funeral homes to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. Unlike most crematories, we offer witnessing and the opportunity for families to assist in the beginning of the cremation process.
We cremate only one person at a time
We guarantee that every cremation we perform is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a Cremation Protocol with every cremation process.
Your personal inspection is encouraged
Our crematory is clean, modern and available for your inspection. Call us with questions, or to arrange a personal tour.
Our staff members are certified
We are members of the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.
The Cremation Process
Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say "cremated remains" rather than "ashes" because we believe that the term "ashes" can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer.
If you have questions or concerns about cremation, please feel free to contact us.