When the word ‘cremation’ is mentioned, you immediately think of a body being burned and then coming out as ashes. Yes, that’s actually what is going on, but there are different types and processes that the body may undergo.
Types of Cremation Services
There are three types of services: traditional, memorial, and direct.
1. This combines the traditional burial and a cremation.
2. Like a traditional burial service, the deceased is also placed inside a casket. Family members, relatives and friends visit the deceased and pay their last respects. The body will be cremated after these funeral services.
1. The memorial service can actually be performed with or without the cremated remains. This is done inside a chapel, wherein the friends and relatives honor the memory of the deceased. They do this through photos, stories, literary works and songs.
2. Family members can personalize the memorial service – they can choose the music, flowers, colors and content that their loved one would have appreciated.
1. Direct cremation is chosen by families who want it simple, fast and inexpensive. This is inexpensive because it doesn’t have memorial and funeral services.
2. The deceased is brought to the mortuary. Afterwards, a meeting is set and documents are gathered. Once all the paperwork is settled, cremation is performed.
3. Once the entire process is finished, the remains are brought to a cemetery, handed over to a relative to be buried or strewn in a preferred area, or given to the US Postal Service to be sent to a particular location.
As there are different types of services, there are also different ways on how your loved one’s remains will be kept remembered after the ceremony.
The Ashes after the Ceremony
Some choose to keep the remains in a special urn and place in a shelf inside their home. Some bury the urn at a cemetery.
Some choose to scatter the ashes.
Land, air or water? You choose.
1. You can scatter it on private land (with the owner’s approval).
2. A public park will also be good (but check first with the authorities if they’ll allow it).
3. You can also go to a place that was significant for your loved one and scatter it on that place (again, obtain permission first with the proper authorities).
4. You can dig a shallow trench, place the ashes inside the hole, and bury the ashes with soil.
5. There are scattering gardens that allow you to spread the ashes evenly on loose soil, and then raked until it’s mixed with the ground.
1. The remains can be disposed directly in a body of water (ocean, sea or lake). As you dispose the remains, you can also throw petals and wreaths. Take note that there are states that don’t allow this ceremony on fresh bodies of water, so check your state’s laws first.
2. You can also place the ashes inside a water-soluble urn that floats for a while and then eventually sinks or dissolves.
1. You’ll need a private plane that’s flown by a professional, and he will cast the ashes at a specific area. Some companies require an additional fee if you wish to be inside the plane as well. If not, the company will just give you photos and documents that state the place and the time and date that the ashes were scattered.
2. There’s also ‘casting’ – you simply toss the remains downward on the wind. Before doing this, be aware of the wind direction. Several people can be involved in this activity – have them take turns, scoop the ashes and scatter them.
There are a lot of ways of giving honor to your beloved one’s memory. Some choose to perform a memorial service, and some choose to have them cremated straight away. Take your pick on how you want your beloved remembered, and you will be duly assisted.
Gentry Griffey became the only funeral home to operate an on-site crematory. Whether you are in need of traditional funeral options or cremation services, we can accommodate any need, and any budget.