Cremation is the process during which human remains are reduced to their original elements by application of intense heat. Cremation continues to expand as a popular option for Americans. In fact, in a 5-year study conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide, 46% of Americans plan to choose cremation as their personal preference. For many, the decision is primarily based on practicality and the belief that the process is simpler, less emotional and more convenient.
Interestingly, for some there remains a misconception that their religion does not allow cremation, when in fact cremation has been allowed in the Catholic faith since 1965. Another common misconception is that one cannot be cremated and still have a funeral, when actually the majority of people who select cremation also desire some kind of ceremony ranging from traditional funeral to a memorial service. When considering your options, you should discuss your choices with your family members or person(s) in charge of handling your funeral arrangements to ensure that you consider all the most up-to-date information and developments.
We at Grace Funeral Service believe you should be able to choose the type of service that you find most meaningful. Once cremated, there are many choices available. The option most widely chosen is to place the cremains in an urn and take it to a family plot, urn garden, columbarium or home. Sometimes cremated remains are divided into several urns. This option works well when loved ones are spread out across the country or if there was a desire for both a burial service and a scattering ceremony.
Another common preference is to have the ashes scattered in a cemetery or over land or water (where permitted by law). Whether burial or scattering, a portion of the cremated remains may be kept in a keepsake urn and or a piece of jewelry as a remembrance.
Because survivors still need the time and setting to grieve, we offer many types of services specifically for cremations, from direct cremation with no casket present, to traditional cremation with a visitation and service.
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