Today, many people choose cremation for its simplicity and/or affordability.
With cremation as your funeral choice, it does not mean that it is all you can do. You may still hold a viewing, memorial service, and a funeral.
Many options for a personalized ceremony lend themselves to the cremation choice. When selecting a cremation, there are several options to choose from.
A full traditional cremation: which is a full service with body present in a cremation or rental casket. Body is embalmed for public viewing and instead of burial, the cremation would take place. Cremains (ashes) then could be buried in a cemetery or placed in a columbarium, scattered or displayed at the residence.
A Brief Viewing of deceased before cremation: For those family members to have closure and say their good byes. The body does not have to be embalmed (unless autopsied or condition that would require such.) Body clothed and placed on special viewing table and placed in small private room for the brief viewing by immediate family. This option needs to take place within 48 hours of death or embalming would be required for viewing.
Direct cremation: is an option when a family does not want a viewing at all, ceremony of any type, embalming, or dressing of the deceased. This is an immediate option and in Massachusetts cremation would take place after the required 48 hour holding period. Memorial services, graveside services and visitation may be held following above selections of a brief viewing or Direct Cremation. Merchandise can be seen in our merchandise section room.
• Burial of cremated remains in an urn vault or a columbarium niche for inclusion in a family plot
• Keeping cremated remains in a beautiful urn, scattering them in a special location, or a combination of both
• Placing some of the remains in a keepsake so that several members of the family may keep your loved one close to them forever
• Sending the cremated remains aloft in a bouquet of balloons, making them part of a living ocean reef, or transforming them into a sparkling gem that becomes a family heirloom
There are many beautiful and appropriate commemorative offerings associated with the cremation process. Whatever your vision for an end-of-life ceremony, we are dedicated to assisting you in creating the cremation service you desire.