Important Information for Today's Families

You have many options when choosing cremation. Your cremation experience can be as simple or as personalized as you chose.

As cremation continues to grow in popularity, so does the desire to add meaning by including a gathering or memorial service ... either preceding or following the cremation.

This easy-to-use cremation guide is designed to walk you through the process, beginning with selecting a cremation plan.

Today, more and more families are combining the best of both worlds ... a meaningful memorial or traditional funeral service along with cremation.

Many families plan a traditional gathering and viewing, followed by cremation and a committal or scattering ceremony.

Others prefer a meaningful, personalized memorial urn service following the cremation.

Still others prefer a simple cremation and sharing the cremated remains among family members in keepsake urns and jewelry.

The important thing to remember is that you have choices when choosing cremation. Please don't hesitate to ask for additional ideas and products for use.

Your choices are nearly unlimited.

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Step 1

Select a Plan

Select a Plan based on the type of ceremony that will fulfill your family's needs and wishes.

  • Traditional Ceremony
    This includes a complete visitation with viewing, ceremony, and cremation to follow. Usually, the visitation is held at the funeral home, and the ceremony is held at another location such as a church or auditorium.

  • Remembrance Ceremony
    This includes a closed casket (or no casket) visitation, ceremony, and cremation. Again, the visitation is commonly held at the funeral home, and the ceremony is held at another location such as a church or auditorium.

  • Memorial Ceremony
    This includes immediate cremation with a ceremony to follow. This option allows your family to plan a meaningful gathering for family and friends after cremation has taken place. The ceremony or tribute service can be held with or without the cremated remains at the location of your choice.

  • Basic Cremation
    This service includes immediate family only identification and viewing, limited to one hour, and does not include any public or private ceremony.

Step 2

Select a Receptacle

The receptacle you choose depends largely on the type of service and viewing you desire.

  • Cremation Casket
    Suitable for all types of visitations Cremation CasketSuitable for all types of visitations

  • Basic Cremation Casket
    Suited to simpler tastes or private viewing prior to cremation.

  • Alternative Container
    Suitable when there is no viewing or visitation.

Step 3

Select an Urn

Have you thought about what to do with your loved one's cremated remains? Scatter them in a special place? Memorialize them in a decorative urn? Inter them in a cemetery plot or niche?

The answer to these questions help determine the urn that best fits your needs. In addition to personal tastes, urns are designed for specific uses:

  • Keepsake Urns
  • Miniature Keepsakes
  • Jewelry
  • Engraving
  • Appliques and Medallions
  • Embroidered tribute panels in cremation casket
  • Corner Designs for cremation caskets and applicable urns.

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