With a cremation service, most people opt to have a gathering in a funeral home or church. If the body has not been cremated yet, you can have the body in the casket with it open or closed. If the body has been cremated, have the urn present in the room.
There are a number of reasons why we hold funeral services. First, it allows for closure as you can put to rest the loved family member or friend. Second, it allows friends and family members to offer support and be there for one another. Lastly, it gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate the life of the deceased one last time.
As to be expected, most memorials are religious and focus on the deceased and that person’s family and friends, who will be conducting the ceremony. From there, it is up to you to determine what you want to include in the service. It is customary to include a table full of pictures or boards filled with symbolic items.
Determining where the gathering will take place is important. Traditionally, people opt to conduct the service from a church or funeral home. However, it is not uncommon for family and friends to gather where the ashes will be scattered.
Just because the deceased or their family has chosen cremation does not mean there is a limited amount of ceremonies for disposition of the cremated remains. There are just as many options as there would be if you were to bury a body. For this reason, it is important you understand and consider each of the options that are readily available with Tutor Funeral Home.
Cremation Disposition Options
Inurnment consists of placing the cremated remains in an urn and sheltering the urn at a special location known as a columbarium. These are typically located in cemeteries or memorial parks and feature covered fronts on cubicles. There are other columbaria that offer glass fronts so that family members can display photographs or symbolized items next to the urn.
Retaining Remains At Home
A lot of families opt to keep their loved one as close as possible by placing the urn at home. There are a great deal of decorative urns with high quality metal, ceramic, or cultured marble that can be used for this. Some families will divide the remains amongst family members so that everyone has a small piece of the loved one inside their home.
Outside of keeping an urn inside the home, scattering the ashes in a selected area is one of the most popular methods. The great thing about preplanning your death is that you can have it mapped out exactly where you would like your ashes to be scattered whether it is over a special garden, over the seas, in the mountains, or from the sky. Just make sure to check the local regulations as it is illegal to scatter remains in most public areas.
Burial is still an option worth considering even with cremation. What you can do is place the cremated remains in an urn and bury the urn. In order to prevent damage to the urn from elements, using a cremation urn vault is highly recommended. While there are special plots set aside at some cemeteries specifically for cremated remains, you can bury the urn on a standard size burial plot as well.
The final option that few even think about is creating cremation jewelry. This allows you to take the deceased with you and honor them every day. Typically, small amounts of remains are placed in specially designed jewelry.
As you can see, there is a plethora of options to consider when it comes to disposing cremated remains. The best way to go about planning a funeral service is to preplan your own. This will eliminate any extra stresses on the family and allow you to be buried the way you desire. If you have any questions, your funeral director is available for expert pre-need counseling. Feel free to call us at (601) 849-9995 in Magee or 601-847-9199 in Mendenhall.