Cremation is the process of reducing the human remains to bone fragments, traditionally accomplished by means of flame-based intense heat. Cremation involves the processing and pulverizing of the bone fragments, which allows for the placement of the cremated remains in an urn or other container. Cremation is also the preparation of the human remains for final disposition and memorialization. The final disposition may include in-ground burial, above-ground burial in a mausoleum or columbarium niche, scattering of the ashes, or inurnment and return of the urn to the family or next-of-kin.
There are several types of cremation services available which can include:
~A traditional service with the body present and viewing or visitation and funeral service, followed by cremation.
~Direct cremation followed by a visitation and/or memorial service, the ashes may or may not be present.
~Direct cremation followed by a graveside service and subsequent interment.
~Direct cremation with no services. The urn or appropriate container is customarily returned to the family or next-of-kin.
Memorial or celebration of life services can be held at the funeral home, church, or a variety of other indoor or outdoor locations, and may be either open to the public or private.
In the practice of cremation, we believe: