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Understand Cremation

Like burial, cremation is just one step in the commemorative process—an important step in preparing the remains for memorialization. As part of a meaningful funeral service, cremation can play a vital role on your journey of healing. Cremation is not a way of eliminating grief or pain, but a process of preparing your loved one for his or her final resting place.


When you choose cremation, there are options for how you and your family would like to memorialize your loved one:

  • Viewing or funeral service before cremation.
  • Memorial service at the time of cremation.
  • Memorial service afterward, with the urn present.
  • Committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains.

Funeral or memorial services can be held in a place of worship, at our funeral home or crematory chapel, or perhaps at a place of special significance to your loved one.

Religious Views

With the exception of Islam, Orthodox Judaism, Orthodox Christian and some fundamentalist Christian faiths, most religions accept cremation. The Roman Catholic Church expresses a preference for burial, but it now allows cremation for reasons compatible with church teachings. It does not, however, sanction the scattering of remains and prefers the presence of the body during the liturgy—prior to cremation.

Final Resting Place

Cremation is a process, not the final disposition of your loved one’s remains. If you select cremation for yourself or a loved one, you have the same options for services as those who select casket burial. Your loved one’s final resting place—a place to memorialize and honor the life lived—will still need to be thoughtfully selected.

Common options are:

  • Earth burial
  • Indoor/Outdoor columbarium
  • Scattering

Cremation Containers

The crematory that is utilized will usually have a requirement that the deceased be placed in a rigid container for the cremation process. Either a cremation casket or container will fulfill this requirement.

Cremation caskets and containers are both typically made of wood, fiberboard or a composite of materials. A cremation casket has a finished interior and closely resembles a casket used for earth burial. A cremation container is designed to meet minimum crematory requirements and typically does not have an interior lining or has a minimally finished interior.

A person who chooses to have viewing, visitation and/or funeral services in their church or funeral home prior to cremation will typically select a cremation casket. We offer ceremonial and rental cremation caskets available as an option.

We can assist you in making a selection of a cremation casket or container that is appropriate for the arrangements you have chosen.

Urn Selection

There are many urn options available to meet your personal desires and financial resources. Metal, glass, wood, granite, and marble are common construction materials. There are also specialty urns available that can include a personal statement about the life, hobbies, passions, or special interests of your loved one.