Cremation

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The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

Please inquire with us to help you with a future planned cremation or immediate need.


Cremation and Funerals

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. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. 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.


The Complete Cremation Service

will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket, which is a casket that is designed to be cremated or a rental wood casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains will be returned to the family for safe keeping, buried or scattered. An urn can be purchased to hold the cremains or you may use our disposable container in the case you are planning on scattering.


The Direct Cremation Service

is a disposition option in which the body is cremated “directly” and where no funeral services are held beforehand.  In many circumstances, a memorial service or memorial visitation is held at the funeral home, a church or other location. Having some type of service or ceremony is a key ingredient to starting the closure process. 


Options for Placement of Ashes

Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in an above ground columbarium niches at a cemetery of your choosing.

Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site. Usually cemeteries allow two per single grave.

Personalized Choices – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. 

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