Direct Cremation is the most common method of cremation used by families today. Direct cremation is observed as prompt cremation following the death of someone. Before cremation can take place, we will need the family to come in, identify the body (if it is necessary or if they so choose) and sign cremation authorization paperwork to proceed with the cremation process. Because of the much less amount of work that goes into the cremation process, it is commonly seen as the most simple and cost-effective solution, and the price comes out much less than that of a traditional funeral service today.
Following the cremation process, the family will receive a "temporary" container with their loved one's 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 or not. Other options include burying the ashes, or simply, keep them at their home. No family has a similar choice in options, so we encourage you to follow your heart when you make those tough decisions.
Should you decide to host a memorial service, you are not required to host it at the funeral home. You may have the services at the place of your choice, which usually is the option most families prefer. That is because it gives the family a more personal place and way to honor their loved one. It also gives the public an opportunity to meet with the family in the comfort of their sanctuary. In order to have a memorial service, the ashes do not have to be present to conduct the services; families may choose to have it without them present.
If you choose to bury the ashes, you will need to contact the funeral director to set up and arrange for the burial in the cemetery. The funeral director will directly contact the cemetery sexton and handle the opening of the grave for the ashes to be buried. If you choose to not bury the ashes and wish to have them as a keepsake in the place of your choice, you may choose an urn from our urn catalogs or purchase one online.