Cremation is an alternative to the burial and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment, or it was requested by the person who died. There are many options to choose from when cremation has been requested:
- Visitation and Service
- Private Viewing and Service
- Private Viewing Only
- Memorial Service
- Immediate Cremation
Visitation is typically held at a funeral home. It is open to the public and allows family members to see the public during a specific time period that is scheduled at the convenience of the family.
Private Viewing is also typically held at the funeral home and it is not a public event and privacy is respected. Both types of viewing, public and private allow the opportunity to say good-bye in a respectful, peaceful setting.
Funeral Services and Memorial Services may be either religious events or contemporary in style. They allow the opportunity for the family, friends, neighbors and colleagues of the deceased to express their feelings, share memories and lend support to those most affected by the death. Funeral Services typically are conducted with the deceased present, while Memorial Services often include the presence of the urn, containing the cremated remains of the deceased.
Immediate Cremation is available for those preferring no gathering or structured type of religious or contemporary service. The deceased is cremated promptly after death and the cremated remains are returned to the family.