Cremation Service Information

During ancient times, cultures worldwide buried bodies. But many other cultures used burning techniques, which is known now as cremation. In recent times, cremation has become very popular and common place — both as a personal sign of death and a way of being cost-effective and much cheaper option compared to the regular funeral process.

Luckily, there are many types of cremation service options, so let’s go through a couple of different methods that families use the most common in the cremation process: Direct Cremation or a service with the cremation process to follow. The Calvin and Leonard Funeral Homes is here to help you understand the different cremation options and offer a helping hand in the decision of the cremation process.

DIRECT CREMATION

This is the most common method of cremation used by families. Direct cremation is observed as prompt, “direct” cremation following the death of someone. Before cremation may take place, however, we will need family to come in, identify the body (if they so choose) and sign cremation authorizations to proceed with the cremation process. Because of the sharply less amount of work that goes into cremation, it is common — simply because of the cost, which is much less than that of a traditional funeral service.

Following the cremation process, the family will receive a “temporary” box with their loved ones ashes. It is then up to the family of the loved one to make decisions — most notably whether they will hold a Memorial Service to honor the memory of their loved one, bury the ashes or simply keep them at your home. No family has a same choice of options, so the choices are endless.

Should you host a Memorial Service, you are not required to have it at the Funeral Home. You may have it at the place of your choosing, which usually is the option most prefer. It is mainly preferred, as it gives you a personal way and place to honor your loved one. It gives the public an opportunity to meet in the place of your choice, interact with you as a family in the setting of your choice. Also, you simply do not need to have the ashes present to conduct the Memorial Service — you may choose not to.

If you choose to bury the ashes, you will need to contact the Funeral Director to set up and arrange for the burial. The Funeral Director will contact the cemetery and handle the opening of the grave for the ashes to be buried. If you choose to not bury the ashes and would like to have them as a keepsake in the place of your choice, you may choose an urn from our selection of urns that we have available.

SERVICE BEFORE A CREMATION

As is in the case of a regular funeral, cremation may also occur after viewing and funeral services where the body is also present in a casket. This may occur at the Funeral Home or at your place of worship. This method follows the process of a regular funeral, with the lone exception that after the funeral, the body and casket is not buried. There is no funeral procession to a cemetery. Instead, the body is sent to the crematory for the cremation process.

This is a little more of a cost then a direct cremation because of the expenses of embalming the body — which is required by law, along with a casket, the cost of the funeral director and staff and much more. However, if a family wishes to view the body and have services prior to the cremation, that is also their option to. This option allows the family to conduct “regular” services with the body present. For other families, it is their traditional way of saying goodbye.

As you can see, there are a few different ways to conduct cremation services should that be your preferred choice. The Calvin and Leonard Funeral Homes are here to conduct those services, as well as answer your questions should you have any.