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Once cremated, a loved one's ashes may be placed in an urn and taken to a final resting place such as a family plot, urn garden, columbarium or a family member's home. In addition the loved one's remains are sometimes divided amongst friends and family through the use of jewelry, necklaces and bracelets. Sometimes cremated remains are divided into several urns. This option works well when loved ones are spread out across the country. Others choose to have their ashes scattered in a special cemetery garden or over land or water (where permitted by law). In this case, a portion of the cremated remains is usually kept in a keepsake urn as a remembrance.
If you choose cremation, a funeral or memorial service is appropriate, and recommended. Survivors still need the time and setting to grieve. We offer many types of services specifically for cremations, from direct cremation with no casket present, to traditional cremation with a visitation, funeral service or memorial service
While earth burial remains the most chosen form of final disposition of a deceased person, cremation offers an alternative. Cremation is the reduction of the body by intense heat. Choosing cremation still permits arrangements for a traditional funeral or a memorial service. Family and friends can support survivors during visitation and attend a funeral ceremony at the funeral home or church. The cost of cremation depends upon the services chosen.
CREMATION WITH SERVICES
The participation in services with the body present prior to cremation can:
- Lengthen the time before final separation
- Help confirm the reality of death
- Express the fact that a life has been lived
- Acknowledge the survivors need for community support
Some persons choose cremation because they prefer the process of reuniting the elements of the body with nature.
Cremation occurs at a crematory in a specially designed furnace known as a retort, which reduces the body into its chemical elements. Each body into its chemical elements. Each body is cremated separately in a container. The cremains, consisting of ashes and some bone fragments, are placed in a container, carefully identified and released to the survivors.
Ancient Greek, Roman, and Eastern cultures practiced cremation. It was not accepted by Western culture until the mid-nineteenth century. Religious restrictions against cremation have diminished, but some denominations advocate earth burial because of theological teachings or church law.