Cremation is the changing of a traditional ground burial to cremations as the means or method of final disposition of a family member. Cremation does not replace or eliminate the need for a funeral service. If cremation is your preference, you may be surprised to learn that the opportunities for creating a unique tribute are just as numerous as they are with burial ceremonies.
Viewing or Visitation
A public viewing or visitation provides an opportunity for the family of the deceased and his or her friends, relatives and colleagues to come together. A visitation is often held at the funeral home, but can take place in a church or other location. Friends and colleagues can pay their final respects to the deceased and offer condolences to the family. A viewing or visitation can also be private and limited to the deceased's immediate family.
The milestones of life, such as birth, baptism, birthdays, graduations, marriages, anniversaries, and other events of achievement or transition, have traditionally be accompanied by a ceremony or ritual. A funeral service is a ceremony marking the celebration of one’s life. Funeral Services are most often held following the visitation and may take place in our chapel, your church, or another location of your choice.
After cremation has taken place, families may choose to bury the urn or place it in another permanent resting place. A committal service can accompany the placement of cremated remains in a final resting place, and like a funeral service can include remarks offered by a clergyperson or other individual.
A memorial service is similar to a funeral service, except the body is not present. Many families choose to have the cremated remains in a decorative urn present. A memorial service can take place shortly after cremation occurs, or can take place at a later date.
An immediate cremation or otherwise known as a direct cremation is available to families who choose not to have a visitation or funeral service. Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care, support of our professional staff, filing of necessary paperwork and a minimum alternative container for cremation.
It is important to remember that each and every life lived has unique personality traits, hobbies, and interests. Regardless of the services you choose, we can provide many options for personalizing the service and ensuring that it truly reflects, honors and pays tribute to the unique life of your loved one. Personalizing a service can include but are not limited to, a photo of the person on the memorial folder, a special insert panel for the casket, customized corners for the casket that reflects interest and hobbies, special keepsake jewelry, custom video tributes, as well as balloon, dove or butterfly releases. Please feel free to contact us at (270) 274-7124 to discuss your options with personalizing a cremation service.