Cremation is a mechanical and thermal dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments which are then processed and further reduced to particles of common size.
Cremation allows for a variety of services to meet the needs of family, friends and guests. Many choose to have a "traditional" funeral service prior to the cremation, giving family and friends an opportunity to view the deceased's body and pay their respects. If the cremation takes place prior to a memorial service, since there is no regulations for the storage of the cremains, services can take place at a future date that is convenient for the family. You also have the option of returning home with the cremated body in order to retain them or scatter them at your discretion at a place and time of your choosing.
From the time we take your loved one into our care, they are always under the respectful care and supervision of our trained, professional staff. At a minimum, the deceased's body is placed in a rigid cardboard container that is combustible and is then placed into the cremation chamber. This container is used to preserve the dignity of the deceased while loading the body into the crematory, as well as for the safety of the crematory personnel. There is also a variety of cremation caskets that are available. Following the cremation, the cremated human body is processed into particles of common size and placed into an urn.
Funeral Service: Recognizing a life lived through the historic tradition of viewing the deceased in an open casket for a predetermined period of time. Followed by a formal funeral ceremony typically lead by a clergy or funeral celebrant. Following the ceremony, the cremation takes place and services conclude at a later date. At which time a brief graveside service will take place at the cemetery before the cremated body is interred or scattered. In lieu of interment, the cremated body may simply be returned to the family.
Memorial Service: Recognizing a life lived with the cremated body present in an urn, or without any remains present at all, for a predetermined period of time. Followed by a formal service and concluding with an interment or the cremated body being returned to the family.
Graveside Service: Recognition of a life lived by gathering at the place of interment or scattering for a committal service with clergy, funeral celebrant, or a member of our staff to lead the service.
Viewing and Visitation only: A designated period of time with the casketed body, inurned cremated remains, or without any remains present in which family and friends can gather to share memories and extend condolences.
Cremation Services without Ceremony: Also referred to as "Direct Cremation" this would include all services of the funeral director and staff necessary to complete the cremation and return the cremated body to the legally entitled person.