Cremation Services

Do you want cremation?
Cremation is just one form of dispositon. The others are ground burial, above
ground burial, body donations (in which case, the body is eventually cremated) and burial at sea. The choice of cremation does not limit or dictate the funeral options available. Most cremations are preceded by some type of viewing or funeral service. If the body is viewed, it is usually viewed in a rental casket or a casket suitable and desired for cremation. Cremation reduces the body to small bone fragments, which are pulverized, reducing the fragments to the consistency of coarse sand or crushed seashells.

What is your choice for final disposition of the cremated remains?
While cremation is considered a final disposition by law, obviously the cremated remains must be cared for and the funeral director must know your plans. Unless you make arrangments with the funeral director, you bear sole responsibility for their disposition and you should collect them upon notice of availability. They may be buried in the earth, entombed in a mausoleum, placed in a niche in a columbarium, scattered on or over privated land with the permission of the owner or remain in the possession of the family, usually in an urn. Scattering of cremated remains must never interfere with the rights of others.

Memorial Services

Do you want a memorial service after disposition?
A memorial service is usually held after a direct cremation or burial. The distinctive feature of a memorial service is that the body is not present. This service can be held in a funeral home, chapel, church, synagogue, home, or any place that is meaningful to the survivors. However, most grief conselors recommmend that it is better to hold services with the body present.

Do you have to have a service?
Disposition of the body may occur without any service. Expenses will include removal of the body from the place of death, transportation of the body to the burial or cremation site and whatever may be necessary to meet legal requirements and the minimum requirements of the funeral home involved. For some, not having any services may be a form of psychological denial and can often cause emotional problems and guilty feelings for family members in the future.

Body Donation

What about body donation?
Some persons choose to have their bodies donated to medical teaching facilities either directly or after a service is held. This arrangement with a facility should be made by an individual prior to death. However, many facilities already have more requests on file than their needs warrent.