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Your Options for Honoring a Loved One with Cremation

Published: March 1, 2018

It's a common myth that cremation services are more limited than a traditional funeral. The truth is cremation can come with many options to honor and memorialize your loved one. In fact, you actually have more options with cremation, which may even include a traditional funeral viewing. If you are considering a cremation for yourself or a loved one, we can help you plan a meaningful ceremony and make plans for your loved one's ashes. 

Funeral Service with Cremation
Despite popular misconception, it is still possible to have a traditional funeral service when you opt for cremation services. Many families choose to hold funeral services before cremation, with or without a viewing. This service allows for eulogies, prayers, and the sharing of memories of the loved one with friends and family members. 

Memorial Service
Unlike funeral services, which memorialize a loved one when the body is present, a memorial service can be held at any time with or without an urn present. A memorial service can be used to celebrate and remember a loved one after cremation at a funeral home, church, a family member's home, or anywhere else. 

Burying Ashes After Cremation
Many people are unsure of what they can or should do with a loved one's cremains. While some choose to keep the ashes in an urn in their home or scatter them somewhere meaningful, you can also choose to bury the ashes. Some religions also require burial. The most common solution is having the cremains and urn interred in a cemetery burial. Keep in mind you will need to buy a burial plot for a cemetery burial. Ashes may also be buried on private land or at sea. 

Scattering Your Loved One's Ashes
One of the most popular options is scattering a loved one's ashes somewhere meaningful, such as the site of a favorite family vacation or a place they loved. With this option, any number of family members can attend and choose to say a few words or otherwise mark the occasion. Scattering urns can also be used so every family member can scatter the ashes together. 

Sharing Cremains with Family
Cremains may also be divided among family members, who may choose to keep ashes in memorial jewelry or a mini urn. This option can give several family members a keepsake and a way to honor the loved one in their own way. 

Columbarium for Urn Storage
If you choose to keep your loved one's ashes in an urn, you can still choose cemetery storage without burial. A columbarium is a mausoleum designed to store funeral urns and provide a place for family members to visit the deceased. Most columbaria are in cemeteries or churches. 

Choosing cremation does not mean sacrificing traditional funeral plans. This option offers flexibility to memorialize your loved one in a unique manner or opt for a more traditional funeral service and cemetery interment. No matter which option you choose, cremation allows for a celebration of your loved one's life. If you are pre-arranging your own service, you can choose which cremation option will best reflect your wishes.

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