Cremation Services

Cremation

There are several memorization options for cremation, including scattering cremated remains or keeping them in an urn. Scattering can occur in a cemetery scattering garden, or at sea, or certain places with special meaning (please note that the scattering of ashes is prohibited in some areas). An urn can also be placed in a spot with special meaning, such as over a mantle in a home, or in an urn garden, community mausoleum niche, urn mausoleum (called a columbarium), or even buried in a gravesite space.

Compared to other burial options, cremation service costs tend to be less expensive, particularly when planning and pre-paying a cremation. Viewings and full funeral services can also be held.

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Types of Cremation Services

Generally speaking, there are three types of cremation services. Deciding which one is best for you and your family is ultimately a personal choice.

  • Memorial Service: A memorial service is very similar to a funeral service. The main difference being that the deceased is not present at a memorial service. Instead, the cremation occurs just a few days after death, and an urn is instead usually present at the memorial service. The service may feature religious readings and/or stories about the deceased. It is often times held at a funeral home or place of worship.

  • Funeral Service with Viewing Followed by a Cremation: A typical funeral service in which the body is displayed is sometimes held prior to the cremation. This service allows loved ones to hold a viewing of the body, followed by a typical service involving readings and a eulogy. After the service, the cremation occurs.

  • Immediate Cremation: This basic type of cremation service usually occurs within just a few days of death. The body is quickly cremated and remains are returned to the family without any type of service.

1 If urn is buried in a gravesite space

Possible requirements of a grave site burial 
  • Gravesite - the space or plot.
  • Vault - a concrete enclosure that serves as the casket's protective lining and provides safe, sure footing for your loved ones.
  • Opening-and-Closing - preparation of gravesite for burial service that consists of ground opening, closing (back-filling), and landscaping (to restore gravesite's appearance).

2 If urn is buried or placed in a mausoleum or columbarium niche:

Requirements for a mausoleum or columbarium niche:
  • Niche Opening-and-Closing - opening the niche and then closing it after placement of the cremation urn.

Possible requirements of a grave site burial 

  • Gravesite - the space or plot.
  • Vault - a concrete enclosure that serves as the casket's protective lining and provides safe, sure footing for your loved ones.
  • Opening-and-Closing - preparation of gravesite for burial service that consists of ground opening, closing (back-filling), and landscaping (to restore gravesite's appearance).

Requirements for a mausoleum or columbarium niche:

  • Niche Opening-and-Closing - opening the niche and then closing it after placement of the cremation urn.

Cremation Service

Is it right for you?


  • You prefer a lower-cost option
  • You prefer the idea of an above ground resting place
  • You want your remains to stay with your loved ones
  • You want your remains to rest in a particular (non-cemetery) location
  • You like the idea of a scatter garden better than a typical cemetery location
  • Download a free, no-obligation burial planning guide now to get more information about the various types of cremation, lock in today's prices for cremation services, and have the peace of mind of knowing it's all taken care of.

Cremation Burial Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the average cost of cremation services?

Compared to a typical in-ground burial, the cremation process is generally more affordable. The national average for direct cremation is $650. This price is... read more

How Deep is a Cremation Grave?

The cremation urn should be placed at least 6 inches below the surface. So for example, if the urn is 10 inches tall, the cremation grave should be 16... read more

Is Cremation Accepted by All Religions?

Religions have different perspectives regarding cremation. For instance, Catholicism previously did not support cremation, but it is now accepted. Though... read more

Does Embalming Occur with Cremation?

If it is a direct cremation, embalming is not necessary. However, if there is a viewing prior to cremation, usually an embalming is highly recommended. read more

Is a Casket Necessary for Cremation?

No, a casket is not necessary for a direct cremation. However, during the cremation process, the body will likely need to be placed in a combustible... read more

Is it Legal to Scatter Ashes?

The answer ultimately depends on where you are scattering ashes. Places you can scatter remains include scattering gardens that are specifically designed... read more

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If you think planning cremation service is the right memorialization option for you, download a free, no-obligation burial planning guide now to get more information about the various types of cremation, lock in today's prices for cremation services, and have the peace of mind of knowing it's all taken care of.
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