Choosing cremation does not limit the choices a family has available to them. They may plan to have a traditional type service before or after the cremation process. The service may be the same as a service that is followed by a burial. They may plan to have the cremation first followed by a memorial service. The options are many and can be as simple or elaborate as the family chooses. They may be personalized to reflect the unique life of the deceased and add meaning to their service. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. They may be as simple as being constructed out of cardboard or plastic, or as elaborate as being a one-of-a-kind work of art.
This will be just like the Traditional Funeral Service but the cremation process will follow the service instead of the casketed burial. Following the service and cremation, the cremated remains will be returned to the family for safe keeping. They may, instead, choose to bury the urn on a family plot or scatter the remains in a designated area.
A memorial service is a service where the casketed body is not present. The family may choose to have a visitation before the cremation, but the memorial service will follow the cremation process. Many times the family chooses to have the cremated remains present during the service or gathering in an urn. This allows the family a time of closure and the comfort of having family and friends join them at the service.
This option is for those who choose not to have any service or gathering. The funeral director arranges for the transportation from the place of death and the cremation. This option misses the need for closure that having a ceremony or gathering provides. It can be meaningful for the family to gather with close personal friends to talk, reminisce and support each other.